O is for Oriental Poppy

Oriental poppies are a mixture of five or six different species. As a result they vary in height, colour and form. However all provide tissue-paper flowers with pepper-pot middles before most other summer-flowering perennials open so they are extremely useful to the gardener. Their flowers only last for a short time, nevertheless they deserve a place in your border.

(click on an image to enlarge and for more information about each flower)

Oriental poppies are very long-lived and have deep roots. This makes them difficult to eradicate, so only plant them where you want them. Otherwise you’ll never get rid of them.


23 thoughts on “O is for Oriental Poppy

  1. Great post, Jude, loved reading about this Poppy.
    I love this enormous poppies, amazing in how many colours the come. The red ones are my favourites, live in Poppyland Norfolk,;-) – but all the others are so delicate too. In the garden we had to be restrictive and make sure they don’t settle down everywhere.
    Happy Easter to you!
    Dina xo

    • Hi Dina, they are such colourful flowers and so delicate looking. I think your red poppies in Norfolk will be the field poppy – I’d love to get a photo of a field of poppies!

      • Yes of course, the field poppy is the poppy that gave the North Norfolk coast the name “Poppyland”, In Rhu Sila though, Klausbernd and the bookfayries have loads of this sort of poppy, in so many delicate colors. You have to come and see for yourselves! Are you planning any visits to the east coast, Jude?

      • Good evening, dear Jude and Dina,

        there exist more than a hundred different sorts of poppies. I have got in my garden the delicate red field poppy, the the bigger oriental poppy and garden poppies with huge flowers. The oriental poppy flowers a bit longer than the fiel poppy, at least in my garden. But I like the oriental poppy after flowering as well. The dried out plants with their special seed pots are a great feature in the garden during winter time. When I go to Switzerland I am always amazed that these poppies with their dried out seed pots are for sale and quite expensive. I should export them πŸ˜‰
        Paper somiferum is one of the oldest cultivated plants. A plant which shaped and still shapes cultures.

        Great pictures, dear Jude πŸ™‚
        Love from Poppyland
        Klausbernd and his jolly Bookfayries Siri and Selma

        • Thanks KB for this information. I wonder why dried out poppy heads are expensive? Although everything is expensive in Switzerland!

        • Dear Jude,
          I am quite often in Switzerland and I don’t have the feeling that it is more expensive than England is – here at the North Norfolk coast everything is more expensive than f.e. in ZΓΌrich or St. Gallen or in most of the Swiss counties. Of course if come from Germany Switzerland is horribily expensive.
          Anyway, why are poppy so expensive? Maybe for two reasons
          I never saw those poppies there
          It is in to have them – part of the psychodelic culture maybe
          Have a happy Easter holiday
          Klausbernd πŸ™‚

        • It is still the place where I have eaten the most expensive salad – €20 – this was in Geneve though.
          Have a good weekend xxx to Siri and Selma and Hi to Dina πŸ™‚

  2. Oh-oh… Original, Obumbrately Orthotropismic Ochrecoloured Odibleless Olecranontingling Olentfull Ombrophilous Ondoyant Opiumproducing Ohsogoodness!

  3. Not having a garden is hell. I haven’t had one for 10 years now, only containers, and I feel I’m getting too old to have one again – so many aches and pains! But I do make the most of the lovely gardens we have in this country to get my ‘fix’ and also track down ones abroad too if I can possibly visit them πŸ™‚

    • I did the April A-Z challenge on the flower blog. Such hard work as you have to post every day except Sunday. I wonder if the Meconopsis would grow here? Maybe too windy.

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