Latest posts by fidgetbones

red poppies

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 16:41

It depends on the type of poppy, ericsmum. If they are annuals, then yes, but they will come up next spring. If oriental perennial poppies, then no.

Gardens we have visited 2015

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 15:15

I'm on the list for a dandelion. It's a long list. Robin Wight makes them in his spare time. I think he should give up the day job because they are brilliant. The dandelion clocks shimmer in the breeze. Because they are stainless steel wire, they really pop in the sunshine.


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 10:47

Just started to rain here. I got two plants in, and a lot of good intentions.

Raspberry and blackcurrant  compote with porridge for breakfast. Yummy.



Posted: 17/07/2015 at 06:17

No rain here. All I hear is planes taking off from East Midlands airport. They seem to have changed the takeoff direction this morning.

Nut, i have foxgloves flowering in a seed tray.They didn't even get pricked out last year.

This years seedlings are ready to go in final position. I might need a crowbar though, the ground is like concrete under the oak.

Time for coffee

Opium poppy seeds

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 05:47

They need light to germinate. Scatter some seed in autumn after the pods are brown and fully ripe, and save some to scatter on freshly turned over soil in March. Mulching on top of the scattered seed will stop them germinating.

red poppies

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 05:41

I find they will germinate if tossed on to freshly dug soil in March. Then water in. They need light to germinate.  Once you have them , if you let them seed around ,you will always have them because the seed lasts for years in the soil. Every time you fork over a fresh patch of soil in the spring, they will come up like weeds.

red poppies

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 22:15

Are you talking about red  californian poppies, or the common red corn poppy, Papaver rhoeas?


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 21:59

Did you kick your fiance into  submission, Clari?


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 20:46

Today ,we went to the buddhist garden near Newark that was featured on Britains best back gardens last January.

Hmm, a mixed reaction. Some things such as cloud pruning done very well. Other stuff,such as lots of uneven paths and concrete, bad. 

So we left there and went to Norwell nursery, nearby.

The gardens look lovely. The dieramas in particular were good. I bought some plants, a Crocosmia okovango, stipa gigantea, a geum, kniphofia mango popsicle, and an angelica that I thought was a black elder. The leaves are really dark red, it should be interesting next year. I also got a Salvia embers wish.

Plant ID

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 10:15

Its used a lot in Australia as bedding, it copes well with the hot summers in Perth. There is a pink form as well I think, remembering from browsing garden centres in Western Australia.

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