Sunday, 21 August 2011

California dreaming

A few weeks ago I used this photograph of Eschscholzia californica, the Californian Poppy as my Wordless Wednesday picture.
Janet left a comment asking for more photos as this flower opened.  I am happy to oblige:
Such a beautiful flower.  It took me several attempts to get these allegedly easy plants to grow, but once I managed to get them going they now self-seed around beautifully.


Simply stunning!

5 comments :

  1. It seems to change colour as it opens. A garden near us has sown the seed in gravel. It looks wonderful when it flowers.

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  2. Thanks, I think it does need hot well drained conditions, where it grows best in my garden is quite poor soil, but it seeds around now like crazy.

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  3. Not sure why it took so long for me to start growing this. I have known and loved it for ages. This is the first year I have grown it myself. Next year I will have bucket loads.

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  4. The Californian Poppy is so very special, terrific photos. We tried growing these in Aberdeen, I persisted for a good few years without success, Summer is just too cool here.

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  5. Lovely photographs. I am filled with envy - my Eschscholzia are nowhere to be seen. I've never had trouble with them before, though I'm encouraged by the fact that you say yours took a while to get started. I think perhaps mine have become overwhelmed by other vegetation.

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