Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Happiness is...

I was walking around in my garden yesterday morning. Walking around is the best way to describe my walks since most of my flower beds are round...anyway. I got so excited when I glanced across the garden. A bright bloom caught my eye. Do you see it over there in the corner??
Lets get a little closer...now do you see it??Here it is. My first poppy bloom of the year...
If I could still do it I would be doing flips and shouting hooray... This is the first time I have had a poppy come back. I planted it last year. My sister gave me a good healthy start. I planted it in the best place I could and voile, I have a poppy. Not only that but there are three other buds on this plant. I do hope they bloom and them make more poppies. Happy happy happy...
My happiness stems from my inability to grow poppies in the past. I mean I can't tell you how many times I have tried starts given to me. I've bought I don't know how many different types of poppies and failed. I have tried seeds. Most recently this spring Kylee at Our Little Acre sent me some seeds to try. Some had been sent to her from Jodi at Bloomingwriter which she graciously shared. I don't know if the seeds were drowned with all this spring rain but Ihave had none pop up. I saved some of the seed so I will winter sow them and see what happens. I won't give up hope for more poppies.

23 comments:

Rose said...

Such a bright orange--the photos just pop (no pun intended) off the page! I've never tried to grow poppies, but I can see why you are so excited about them.

sablonneuse said...

Poppies? They used to grow like weeds in our garden in England. (In fact I thought they were weeds - pretty weeds though.)

Annie in Austin said...

The view across the beds looks wonderful, Lisa - you should be happy ;-)
The annuals from seed are supposed to be easy here in Austin but they haven't worked for me yet. Back in Illinois the poppies that grew best were perennial Oriental poppies planted as semi-dormant roots in late summer. How good that you have success with these beauties!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Cheryl said...

Beautiful Lisa, you can't beat them. They are so up front and intense. I love them.
I do well with Poppies here. I always put my seeds in the freezer for twenty four hours before I plant. Someone told me to do this years ago, I always have and it works. Don't ask me why but it does.
I love your garden there is something very intimate about it.

Karen said...

What a great picture of your poppy. I can see why you are so happy!
I planted some this year from seed and nada. :(

Jayne said...

How beautiful! Yay, hurray!!

gintoino said...

Beautiful flower. I understan your happiness. I guess i will be that happy when I see carrots in my vegetable garden ;-)

Gudl said...

It is beautiful! Congratulations! You did it!!
Your garden looks very nice.

Teri C said...

I have never seen a poppy quite like this one. It is just gorgeous.

Layanee said...

That is a fifty yard plant, that is for sure! It shines even from the distance of the round bed which looks lush and gorgeous! I am sure you will have more in future years. Yay!

mon@rch said...

The joys of a garden will bring you surprises like this! Congrats and love those colors!

beckie said...

Well, hip, hip, hooray! I know your excitment at finally getting a plant to grow. It takes so little to make us gardeners happy. By the way, my plant we thought might be a fern leafed tanzy is a Tanacetum or 'painted daisy'. I finally saw one at a garden store today. Will have to write that in my garden journal, which I am way behind on.:)

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Huzzah! There's nothing quite like the crepe petals of an Oriental Poppy. They are quite special.

Diana said...

It is such a little ray of sunshine there in your garden. Congratulations on your success. Doesn't it feel wonderful? Like seeing an old friend after a long absence. Enjoy it.

Marvin said...

Beautiful. Congratulations on your success.

Frances, said...

What a color, and great photo of it too, I find they can be a little difficult to capture. It took several times to get them going here, all from pieces from my neighbors, who were pulling them all out! Planting the root pieces in fall is supposed to work better, don't know about seeds from the orientals, the annual ones do best direct sown in September here. Your garden looks luscious and full. BTW, I like that orange color with the rose blush knock out, the pale pink seems to enhance the orange rather than fight with it. Hooray for the poppy!

Susan said...

Poppies are so cheerful. When I was a kid we would visit my grandparents in Germany, and I always remembered the fields of beautiful red poppies. Congrats, and by the way your garden is just lovely.

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
I am so happy to see your poppy!
It is beautiful! Congratulations.
I did mine by winter sowing a number of years ago and now I have all the poppies I can use!
They are very beautiful!
Sherry

cyndy said...

Lovely RED! (have the hummingbirds visited?)

A bloom like that makes it all worth it, eh?

ps..i've never had trouble starting Poppies from seed outdoors in the early spring. ....but transplanting them has not worked.

RuthieJ said...

Oh Lisa, your yard and garden look so beautiful and lush. I've tried growing poppies in my backyard, but they've never made it through the winter, so I finally gave up. It's neat to see yours.

Christine said...

Not only do I love that poppy, but I love that brick border around your bed. Very, very pretty!

Kylee said...

YAY! You've got a poppy! They are blooming now in a nearby ditch, which every year I keep saying I'm going to dig a few. This year is the year!

I forgot about the seeds Jodi sent! It's been too wet to plant many seeds anyway, besides the larger veggie seeds and morning glories (which like it wet). We hope to get more planted this weekend.

Mary said...

Poppies! They're so pretty! Lisa, it looks like your garden is so well plannd - you've placed all the blooms to compliment each other. I just stick them in the ground - wherever...and hope for the best :o/