Fruit Punch Poppies

newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)April 28, 2011

Anyone try the 'Fruit Punch' perennial Poppies listed at Graceful Gardens? I just bought some. About time to add poppies around here. The only perennial poppy I have is one small plant of the common orange type. Those colors on the Fruit Punch look really great to me. I like the idea of a mix of colors. And I have always loved the flowers on poppies. My big complaint with them is that they are so fleeting. Don't even last a week for me. I am hoping these new ones can do better.

I have never ordered from Graceful Gardens before but I know they have a great reputation. I just tried one tray which is mostly the poppies with afew Lupines mixed in.

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gardenweed_z6a

I think poppies are gorgeous. I would plant and grow poppies if they didn't take the same amount of effort that other perennials do that put on a show for a couple of months if not longer so ditto your big complaint about them being so fleeting. I'm going to stuff my beds with gorgeous perennials that bloom non-stop and thrive on neglect. When I get to the point the garden stops traffic, I might just plant a few poppies. They're incredibly easy to grow from seed via winter sowing. Now of course I'm going to have to Google Fruit Punch Poppies and wipe drool from my chin over what I'm guessing are stunningly vivid colors.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2011 at 6:30PM
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organic_kitten(8)

gardenweed,
Try some yarrow. Mine is starting blooming now and will bloom until after it freezes, and it comes back.

kay

    Bookmark   April 29, 2011 at 12:47AM
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gardenweed_z6a

kay - thanks for taking the time to post the yarrow suggestion & photo. Yours is so pretty!! I have yarrow I grew via winter sowing last year but it's still in a square gallon pot. I'm hesitant to plant it because where I am it spreads like wildfire. Just yesterday I looked at all the new growth in the pot and wondered if I could keep it under control if I grew it in a container instead of planting it in the ground. The gallon pot it's in sat on the ground north side of my house all through our horrible, cold and snowy winter. That says indestructible to me!

Is it a thug where you are? Yours looks as though it's short and I thought they grew to 2 ft. tall?

    Bookmark   April 29, 2011 at 6:06AM
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koszta_kid(Iowazone 5)

I have the common yarrow -yellow. Would like to try to grow some red ones. Does it bloom all season for you.Mine got kinda ratty looking in middle of season. Maybe I should have cut it back-would that help???
I also love poppies. GM gave some red peopny seeds. reminds me of Her when I see them.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2011 at 9:31AM
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jean_ar(z8 Ar)

I have the Pink Yarrow,and pulled up all I could find and threw it away, yting to get rid of it,as it will take over a whole garden.It shoots runners out and just keeps on making more pants.I thought I had got tid of all of it, but seen some more yesterday.I could tolerate it better if it was a bright red, instead of a faded washed out pink...

Jean

    Bookmark   May 1, 2011 at 12:38AM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

So my Graceful Gardens order arrived yesterday. I unpacked the plants and left them on my back stoop overnight to rest. I guess I will go plant them now. Seems like there is always something to plant but at least I haven't ordered anything more. I have to figgure how I am going to arrainge them and probably end up moving some daylilies again to make the poppies have enough room.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2011 at 10:43AM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

I really, really did not want to move those daylilies in there around were I wanted poppies so I didn't move them. I just put the poppies in back of them were there was some room around the birdbath. Basicly I squished those poppies into the space that was there instead of being able to spread them out some if the daylilies had not been there in a row along the front. Whatever, it is done.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2011 at 4:33PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

That's the way to do it, Rita!

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 12:43AM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Ha, you make me laugh at myself. My excuse to myself was that the poppies bloomed early in the spring and I needed to keep the daylilies there for summer color LOL! But really it was just because I couldn't stand the thought of moving all those clumps. I just wanted to plant the poppies and be done with it. I took the easy way LOL!

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 11:42AM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

An update to this thread from last year. Those poppies never bloomed last spring but they are budded up now with these big fat buds so I can't wait to see them bloom. Meanwhile I already had ordered a compleate tray of them from Graceful gardens this spring which are already planted as of last Friday. Really nice plants.

I got so excited by the fact that they are gonna bloom that I went back to Graceful Gardens and ordered three more trays of these Fruit Punch Poppies. I guess I went sorta overboard.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2012 at 4:08PM
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gardenweed_z6a

Thanks for the update. Now, feel free to go overboard with pictures of those poppies! I still think their bloom period is absurdly brief which is compensated only partially by the POW factor of the flowers. I have seeds of Laurens Grape I got in a trade and never sowed. Pictures of your Fruit Punch blooms just might give me the urge to sow another winter sown container of seeds.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2012 at 6:39PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Can't wait!
Renee

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 1:05AM
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memo(Zone 4B Nebraska)

Rita, Ha! I thought overboard was your middle name. I'm just kidding of course but I had to come back to the Cottage this year, as I do most years, just to see what you are adding to your lovely gardens this year. It's always so much fun to watch you and all of the other cottage gardeners adding more plants and more planting spaces each year. Have a great season!

MeMo

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 1:36PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Overboard should be my middle name as it is very true. I always go overboard on my plant crazies!

This poppies have such nice fat buds. Soon they should start blooming.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 3:00PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Blooming!

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 7:30PM
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Sandi_W(7b/8)

Those poppies are so pretty. Love the colors.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 7:51PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Oh, they do look fruity. What delicious colors! The purply-black centers make the colors really pop. Thanks for posting them, Rita. We can't grow them here.
Renee

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 12:36AM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

They come in a bunch of mixed colors so I know I will be having more colors as more blooms open. I do really, really love them. Finially found the best poppies for me.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 1:21PM
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