All along I’ve thought of California poppies as somewhat of a wild, mysterious plant. That it grows only where nature lets it grow. Years ago, some started growing under our mailbox and I’ve always felt grateful and happy to see the bright orange flowers each year. I’ve tried transplanting them then but never succeeded. Well, it turns out I just didn’t know how they grow, so much for that old mystery tale.
While shopping at our local nursery store, we stumbled upon some California poppy seeds and lots of them. They’re being sold by the pound or scoops and at a very reasonable price. Can you believe that? Can I really grow California poppies myself, meaning with hubby’s help? We decided to give it a try. We just threw the seeds up on the hill side sometime in January and lo and behold they started sprouting in March. By May they are in full bloom with its bright orange color covering the hill. This brings back the image of our previous old house with wild california poppies. This picture was taken last year. To our delight, they came back this year and have been in full bloom for three months. Absolutely beautiful!!