Random Ramblings

Random Ramblings: Personal observations on a wide variety of subjects. Photographs of creatures and things that are taken on seeing the unusual as well as everyday things.

Paper pink petal perfection

June presents many both beautiful and fragile flowers as annuals begin to bloom. The tall grey-green, dark pink, single petal poppies are now not only common features in traditional English country gardens but also may be found growing wild on the way-sides of wild, winding country lanes. Their seeds are often used to sprinkle on top of crusty loaves and bread buns and sometimes thrown into cakes to make them a little extra crunchy. They are probably the most easiest seed to grow as they adapt to any rough piece of ground. To ensure success when planting - wait until after a shower of rain and lightly sprinkle them where you would like them to grow and watch how fast they shoot up. The heads and long stems may be dried and used in flower arrangements . . . but remember to tip out all of the seeds first!

Snap dragon

This wonderful specimen of a snap dragon or anthirinum is self-set. The original grew beautifully in my front garden last year. Occasionally, if you are fortunate - some snap dragons will last for years and they will change colour. A plant could begin as a flame red and change another year to a mellow coral. It will be interesting to see if this plant lasts more than one year and, if so, whether it will hold its colour.

Common garden poppy sometimes referred to as opium poppy


Solomon said...

Those poppies are great. I've just bought an Oriental Poppy for the garden.

Kloggers said...

Hi Solomon, I too have grown the Oriental poppies - I managed to grow three beautiful plants from seed. Mine were scarlet red ... we had rain last year, lots of it and so far I can't see any evidence of my beautiful scarlet Oriental poppies so it looks as though they may have been killed off with all of the water!