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Posted: 02/08/2015 at 19:32

Yep, big blousy and very, very red!  Must be about 15 years old now and still going strong.   I must say they do look a mess after flowering so always cut them down to the ground before the seeds ripen, so have never tried growing more from the seeds.


Posted: 02/08/2015 at 19:06

Cathy, yes oriental poppies are normally propagated by root cuttings so you get identical plants but you can buy seed - that's how I grew mine - these in fact:


Posted: 02/08/2015 at 18:36

Yes, oriental ones have the hairy leaves and stems - you can cut back to the ground after flowering and they will produce new growth which will usually survive the winter.

Opium poppies sometimes appear as fluffy doubles from self-sown seed and you can buy 'double' seed.  All are annuals.

Haven't grown Pacino though so will leave for others.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 15:19

FG - "... and I didn't know it"!   Preparing to pop to patch to pick peppers plus potatoes. 

plant ID please!

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 15:10

Lyn, I mainly do PC support so not brilliant with Apple stuff but if you can install a different browser like Chrome, an adblocker may work.  I think Safari is too locked-down by Apple to allow such things.

Which plant or Veg are you?

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 14:41

Butternut squash.  Not particularly exciting to look at but a heart of gold and contain a bit of everything vital to life!

Beige patches on Origanum Vulgare

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 14:34

Could be a miner but probably more likely a sap-sucker like thrips or flea beetles Rachel.  Removing the affected leaves is all you can really do but it is only minor cosmetic damage.  These things rarely cause a serious problem.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 13:00

Melon mayhem:

I think I'd better pinch them out while I can still get in there!

Plant I.D.

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 12:45

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plant ID please!

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 12:43

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