It’s that time of year. Time to take stock of what worked and didn’t. There were a handful of new plants I tried this year that are going into my “must grow” top 40.
I’ve been wanting to grow “Lauren’s Grape’ poppy ever since I saw Lauren Springer Ogden show it off to Erica Glasener, on “A Gardener’s Diary”, many, many seasons back. (Don’t you miss gardening shows where they actually gardened?) She had discovered it as a renegade in her garden and saved the seeds. Thank you Lauren.
I finally got a hold of some seeds from Renee’s Garden. I ran out in early spring and sprinkled them about and then forgot about them. Thankfully I didn’t weed them out. I guess there’s something to be said for putting off weeding after all.
When they finally started blooming last month, I was not disappointed. You can almost smell grape juice when you look at them. I only had a few plants, but I’ll correct that next year. Some pods were left to self-sow and I collected several others, to scatter elsewhere. I want more!
Poppies do quite well in the Hudson Valley. We have the lovely cold winters that signal their seeds to prepare to grow. Mine are not terribly long-lived, but those chubby seed pods scatter volunteers to all the perfect spots. Well, maybe that crack in the sidewalk is not such a perfect spot, but it does give me an excuse to put off fixing it. Most varieties of poppies are a brief, but brilliant flutter of crepe paper blossoms. My handful of ‘Lauren’s Grape’ poppies kept me fascinated for at least a month. A Top 40 contender indeed.