hello, poppy

The first poppy opened this morning, Papaver setigerum. (Not that I was hovering nearby, waiting for the event or anything.)

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Of all the annual poppies I’ve grown, including the many varieties of the — shhh, ixnay — “opium” poppy, aka “lettuce leaf” or “breadseed” poppies, Papaver somniferum, this little species poppy is my favorite. I prefer its simple single flower to the heavy-petaled varieties. It doesn’t grow a massive amount of leaves either that might smother nearby summer growers, so it fits in the spring garden nicely. About 2 to 3 feet tall, including blooms. Brimming with the typical poppy joie de vivre. There’s probably 20 or so of these self-sown throughout the garden, just budding up. (Not that I counted plants or anything.)

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