July 2015

WELCOME INTERLOPERS…
Back in May, on a bare patch of soil in a newly dug border I sprinkled seeds from two long saved poppy heads.

One I’d labelled (always advisable) as Papaver ‘Peony Black’ but the other was unmarked. Now, just ten weeks later they are flowering and all are the colour of claret! To my delight I think the mystery plants are the delectable ‘Lauren’s Grape’.

Well known to be prolific self-seeders, little red field poppies are also popping up unexpectedly all around the garden and in one unlikely corner I was surprised to find the glaucous leaves of a single plant growing amongst a clump of foxgloves. Getting taller by the day, its buds finally burst open to reveal huge, scarlet pompoms of feathery petals. Seeds will be saved and next year I will make sure that these extrovert drama-queens are growing in prime positions somewhere more front of stage!

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