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Friday, 27 May 2016

Poppy time

At this time of year the garden is normally filled with aquilegias in shades of pink, purple and dusky mauve, but this year there are very few - I blame the mild winter followed by late frosts for killing off tiny seedlings!

Instead, the back of the garden is carpeted with yellow welsh poppies, contrasting nicely with the forget-me-nots.

Elsewhere, a couple of clumps of Welsh poppies are a more unusual orange. As always they're self-set. so must just be a variant of the yellow flowered variety.

Soon though, they'll be dwarfed by the huge oriental poppies - flowering now in odd ones but a day or two of sunshine will have all the buds opening.


  1. I wonder if some Californian poppies got mixed in with the Welsh ones? They are a beautiful orange and always look wonderful in the wild. Even here in England, one seeded itself just outside the door in a crack in the path - a lovely surprise.

    1. I hadn't thought of that. I've had Californian poppies in the past but they didn't succeed as well as the Welsh variety (which spring up like weeds!), so it is a possibility.