Monday, December 1, 2008

Iceland Poppies

I grew Iceland poppies back when I was a kid in Sydney as a winter annual. I always thought they would be way too delicate to plant here in the Midwest. But my friend Jan Vinyard recently shared with me that you should treat them just like California poppies. In late February or early March she finds a bare spot in the garden, does a little scratching around in the soil and sows some seed. This way they will begin growing as soon as possible and bloom early spring. Until you've seen the actual flower, you cannot believe how beautiful the paperlike blossoms can be. Thanks Jan.

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