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I also bought Patty's Plum this year. All my poppies rotted off - I just put it down to the rain. I chopped off all the foliage, and am hoping for better luck next year! Good luck with yours.
Oh Tim. How disappointing, and not very encouraging for us. However, I always take the attitude that a plant has two choices, either it grows or it doesn't. I often tell it so, as well! If it doesn't do well, I tell myself that it isn't my gardening skills responsible for the failure, but the climate, the plant or my soil. There are so many beautiful flowering plants I can't get hung up over a failure or two. Penstemons are beautiful, and so reliable. Good luck with them.
I bought 2 of these poppy's at the Gardening Scotland event this year - both health plants that produced a flower, even though i only planted them in a big pot until i got a space ready for them in the garden! Unfortunately, i think i mught have been mis-sold another variety as they were more peachy-pink than purple-plum as in the photos of them i've seen, and the flowers i did get got wrecked by the rain!
You live and learn lol!