Of all the poppies I grow this has to be my favourite.
I usually find that the orientalis group are too fleeting, they get too soggy when it rains. This year has also been pretty poor for them in my garden and I will probably abandon some.
So when this came into flower again this year all the other soggy masses were forgotten.
Papaver pilosum Spicatum
A really rewarding plant whether in flower or not. Having lovely felty leaves and the softest apricot crinkly flowers, this makes a truly impressive statement at the front of the border. The flowers wrap themselves around the stem and appear anywhere up and down the the flower spike, so you don’t end up with a spike going to seed from the bottom upwards. It flowers from June to August.
As you can see the colour sits nicely with the other soft colours in the border.
I usually have a few plants for sale when we open but if not I always save seed, as this germinates very well but I get very few actually germinate in the garden.
Now I have a task of digging out the roots of some of the oriental poppies. Wish me luck……