By the magic of google adwords, I discovered a new supplier who will be getting a bit of my business. One Stop Poppy Shoppe has come into my life at a rather serendipitous moment. Not one to grow flowers and things (other than vegetables) from seed, I nonetheless experimented with a few things this summer to great success. Sometime in late June I installed a new bed in my own garden and given that I planted lots of small shrubs (I can be patient for them to become big for the sake of saving a buck), I have lots of open area where one day shrubs will fill. So taking advantage of the extra room that will not always be there, I decided to throw in some seeds for plants that I love, have a hard time finding, but have never grown. The two things I experimented with were Castor Beans (Ricinus communis) and California Poppies. With a 100% success rate — even with a late planting, I currently have a new flush of orange flowers and the huge beautiful leaves of the Castor Bean are inspiring me for next years container plantings.
So with my growing confidence in growing poppies from seed (in usable quantities for design work), I am urged on to try greater and more interesting varieties. Poppies are among my favorite flowers and while sadly they kinda suck as cut flowers, there is nothing better than a midsummer field full of poppies and white daisies.
When google somehow took a guess at thinking I might be interested in the One Stop Poppy Shoppe, they found a good match. With over 50 varieties of annual and Perennial Poppy seeds available, I have added this Wisconsin supplier to my short list for seeds.
When I was in England, there was a big trend for blue poppies. They were quite the fashion about 6-7 years ago in the UK (perhaps they still are?) – It is a trend that has not quite caught on in the same way here and I wonder if it is yet to come. I am still quite obsessed with blue and white and I think I will try all the blue varieties that are on offer (Meconopsis Lingholm, Meconopsis horridula prattii, Meconopsis Betonicifolia) as well as the pretty white woodland varieties. Have you tried to grow blue poppies and do you have any advice to pass along?