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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:47 am    Post subject: california poppies for alpines slopes Reply with quote

Poppies are one of the easiest seeds to sow. If you have a NGS (non gardening spouse) or child that you want to encourage to help with the garden, then these plants are great for them as you can just throw the seeds onto the soil and they'll germinate. Poppies can run all over, but are easy to pull out, the seed heads are super easy to collect seeds from and trade with neighbours. I don't think they are attractive to bees or birds, but possible could be added to the small seed bits if cracked open for the winter birds. Seeds are just tiny specs. Poppies have a bad reputation for being narcotics as they're called opium plants but you'll just get sick if any part is injested.

Children should be taught not to eat any plant parts not only for this reason, but also due to bacteria from eating open field berries and such.

Poppies are good value for the money as they will last forever - they self seed readily. The orange California poppy is more prolific than the white or yellow types. I will be putting it in where there is a slope and very dry, gritty soil and treating it as a rockery alpine plant. This genus also has a pleasant clumping formation with nice looking leaves. As hilly patches tend to get washed down by rain, this flower helps to anchor soil and the plants are determined enough as to fit into tiny cracks and fissures in rocks. No fertilizing is necessary.

Not all grass needs to be trimmed to perfection and a new trend in gardening is to naturalize areas to encourage wild flowers and various plant types. This is a great plant for just throwing into a spot by the road in an open patch.[/img]



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