I can't grow poppies. I must have poppies.
I moved to N.C. in late 2003 and promptly planted oriental poppies (bare-root) in my flower bed. I also started some from seed under lights in the spring and they grew well and became healthy plants. I planted the seedlings out after the last frost. Both the bare-root poppies and the seedlings did fine for a while, but both started dying back before they could bloom. I tried planting some when we lived in Texas with the same results.
I know that most oriental poppies don't like our heat and humidity, but aren't there any varieties that grow here (and bloom)? DH fears that I am obsessed, in that: even with all of my failed attempts, year after year, I continue to try to grow poppies. Many a dollar has been spent on bare-root oriental poppies, to no avail.
I MUST HAVE POPPIES!