You Can Grow That!
Last year about this time I visited Chris Hestwood’s beautiful garden on Nantucket. I admired her beautiful poppies (Papaver somniferous) and a few weeks later she brought me some seeds. I planted them just as they are spread in her garden – scattered over the surface of the soil. All spring I watched for them to appear and at first was afraid I had a poppy failure on my hands…I didn’t see any plants until well into May. Suddenly, however, there they were – a few here and a few there.
Some of the flowers are singles but most are fluffy doubles. Beautiful. I think that from now on they’ll grace these gardens, moving around and finding places among the perennials. These self-seeders embody many of the things we find in our gardens: surprise, color, the generosity of other gardeners and the willingness to let nature have a say in garden design. And they are heartbreakingly lovely. Thanks, poppies, thanks, Chris and thanks, gardens.