On our recent trip to Oregon, my husband and I came across this beautiful field of poppies. We were driving through the countryside on our way to the Oregon Garden and we just stumbled upon this field accidentally. It is one of the prettiest views I have ever seen. T’here were poppies as far as I could see, it was simply amazing.
Pink and red poppies filled this particular field but if you look closely at the picture above you can see stripes of red and pink in the distance.
A close up of the Shirely Poppies that are growing in the field.
The same day we came across this poppy field, we saw more pretty poppies at the oregon garden. They had several fields and beds planted with California Poppies. I love the bright sunny color of these guys.
Wildflower field with California Poppies.
I planted Double Shirely Poppy seeds for the first time in my garden this year and they are just beginning to bloom. Here are some tips I followed for successful blooms. First, plan to plant seeds in March, April or early May directly in the garden for mid-summer blooms here in Iowa (mine were in the ground April 23rd). You can also sow seeds in late autumn if you prefer. Poppies can tolerate frosts just fine if foliage is up before cold weather is gone. Second, put a very light coat of soil over the seeds (I just took a pinch of soil and dusted the seeds). I planted the seeds on a day that it wasn’t windy and that we were due to get a light rain (just enough to help the seeds stay put but not wash them away). Third, wait for the seeds to sprout, about 20 days. Once the seeds have sprouted do not disturb them. Poppies do not like to be transplanted or disturbed because they have a tap root so be cautious even when weeding. Fourth, water your poppies if regular rainfall is not received. Poppies like to have adequate moisture but can tolerate some dry periods. Finally, wait for your poppies to bloom, usually about 60-90 days depending on weather.
The poppies have just begun to bloom in my garden and the fragile blooms are exquisite. If you plant to use poppies for cut flowers as I will, burn the cut end of the poppy with a match to extend the life of the cut flowers.