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A Great Year for Poppies in Amanda’s Garden

A detailed look at a bountiful harvest of sensational colors and sweet scents

close up of a bouquet of annual flowers

Hi GPODers!

Today we’re looking at the lavish bounty Amanda Benick gathered from her garden so far this year. This beautiful bouquet is a feast for the senses with vibrant color and sweet scents.

Grew some “wildflowers” this year. Thought maybe these are bright enough to share. Corn poppies (Papaver rhoeas, annual), Chinese forget-me-not (Cynoglossum amabile, annual), candytuft (Iberis umbellata, annual). Lavender thrown in for scent. Also I grew this native meadowsweet or Queen of the Prairie (Filipendula rubra, Zones 3–9) from seed. I used the wintersowing method last year and it is blooming this year.

close up of a bright red poppy in a bouquetA great year for poppies might be an understatement! That red looks like it’s going to pop right off my screen and land on my keyboard 😍

close up of a bouquet of annual flowersAnd it looks like it was a great year for all the flowers Amanda grew this year. Those forget-me-nots are looking extra blue and the sweet pinky purple candytuft can’t be hidden.

same bouquet from another angleFrom every angle there is a gorgeous bloom to admire.

close up of common poppy flowerPlants really are the gift that keep on giving. From far away they are striking, but get up close and personal with a bloom and there is a whole world to explore. Common poppies I always found to be particularly interesting, their bright red petals opening up to reveal a dark center with lots of fluffy-looking stamens. As a child I always thought they looked other worldly.

close up of poppy bouquet outsideWhile Amanda did an amazing job of capturing the colors of this bouquet outdoors, nothing has the ability to make flowers shine quiet like natural sun rays.

close up of Queen of the Prairie flowersFinally, a shot of the Queen of the Prairie Amanda so successfully grew from seed. An absolute stunner, Amanda—thank you for sharing your fabulous flowers!

My mom just recently secured her annuals for the year, I’ll be sharing those in a few weeks. Do you add annuals to your garden every year? Let us know what you’re growing in the comments or send photos to [email protected]!


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    simplesue 06/25/2024

    Your Poppies are flawlessly beautiful! Picture perfect! I've never heard of "Queen of the Prairie" until now, amazing you grew it from seed!

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