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As is evident by the name of my blog, I love poppies.  Here is a photo from June highlighting some of my favorite annual poppies.  ‘Lauren’s Grape’ is the dark purple poppy.  It is an opium poppy (Papaver somniferum), and it is so gorgeous.

The easiest way to grow poppies is to directly sow them.  Now through March is a great time to sprinkle your poppy seeds.  In places where it snows, a sprinkle of poppy seeds on top of the snow in March is a good way to do it.  Once spring commences, it is a bit too late.  The key, however, to growing poppies this way—is that you have to recognize the seedlings when they grow from the ground.  They look like weeds until they make flowers—don’t pull them!  Opium poppies intrigue me—something so beautiful can provide pain relief for the suffering, but also lead to a lifelong addiction for others.  I grow them merely for the beauty, and they are astonishingly beautiful and delicate.

About the author

Stephanie Koski

Stephanie is a retired physician, mother to three boys, and an avid gardener with many hobbies and interests. She lives outside of Salem, Oregon, in the mid-Willamette Valley. Stephanie does all of the photography and writing for this website, and all content is original and copyrighted.

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