Winter sown and self sown poppies.
Helen, that's interesting. I know you are a little south of me but I haven't seen any yet. I do have orientals up pretty tall. I need to do some searching. I didn't plant any assuming mine would self seed again.
Glenda I am south of you, but according to the weather site, I'm colder than you. At least my recommended planting dates were later. I forget where we saw that. I think it was a link Christie provided.
Glenda the wintersown poppies came up too early so I planted them and put a plastic tub over them. That is why they are earlier than yours. The reseeded one took care of itself and had no cover. This is the kind of junk I have in my yard along with old pieces of carpet for weed smothering, a million pots and stakes and too many yard ornaments.
I just purchased red oriental poppies from Walmart and winter-sewed them in my 7 inches of snow. Do you think they'll sprout? I love poppies, can't find any colors but the red ones here, sigh.
I haven't grown the perennial ones in years but I think winter sowing will work. They probably won't bloom until next year. You should be able to find shirley poppies at wal-mart. I have some Shirley poppies if you want to send me your address. Are you familiar with poppies. They look ratty after they bloom and are kind of a cottage garden plant.
I have never heard of shirley poppies but will look them up. The only ones I know of are the fancy ones I've seen in garden catalogs and the red ones of Flanders Fields and Veterans' memorials.
Shirley poppies come in pastel colors and also the red flanders field type which I think are the same type of poppy. They should have been planted last fall but you might get something this year if you get them in the ground soon. I actually like P somniferum better which also should have been planted last fall.
Kadasuki I found my Shirley poppies planted last winter. Mine are not very big. I think you could sow them now and catch up. I found Shirley Poppies at Wal-Mart - I have a cat on my keyboard - Ferry Morse seed before sunflowers and after ornamental gourds. Or I will send you some, I have plenty. Spanky is being a real pain. Now she is kneading her paws on me. Earlier she was bugging the dog.
I finally found one reseeded poppy. Now I am wondering where all the others are!
My red/orange orientals are up 6 inches or so and the ones I started from seed a few years ago are up too. I think three small clumps of those, a white and a pink one.
Our only house cat almost never sits in DH's lap and never in mine. She is a funny creature. She has nothing to do with her grown babies outside!
I love poppies and have tried to plant them several times without success. I bought seeds again this year and plan to plant this weekend. I hope I'm not too late to plant. helenh, I frequently have that same problem with trying to hold the cat and use the keyboard at the same time, sometimes it's a cat, sometimes a dog.
You might try milk jug top on them if you can put up with that look. Or a plastic tub with plenty of air circulation like I used above. I winter sowed in the milk jugs. Then you have to transplant hunks of seedlings because they don't transplant well.