P - Pretty, Pretty Posies

 


Phlox

This was creeping phlox growing in a container that was left here by the previous owners.  It was a very stunning plant in full bloom, completely covered in flowers, but I was glad I could move the container out of sight when it was off-season.  The plant itself was quite ugly!

 

 Penstemon

I love penstemon, and am currently growing two new kinds from seed, and from the looks of it, successfully!  I grew the second one down, firecracker penstemon, from seed.  Or, it grew itself from seed.  I tried for two years, and finally just threw the rest of the seeds in the bed, where of course they grew into two lovely plants!  They have multiplied since last year too and I was able to get saved seed to germinate in wintersowing jugs.  The first penstemon is Red Riding Hood.  Oh, is she an easy propagator!  Not seeds, but just pieces rooted in water.


 
Poppies, California
 
California poppies are the California State flower, and a native to Oregon too.  The most familiar color is the golden shown below, but they do come in other colors.  Red, dark orange, purple, cream, white.  Although I have never had them bear true to those colors self-seeding.  I did have a lovely half golden half Red Chief last year.  They self-seed, but I still buy more seed every year and just throw them around. 

 

Poppies, Corn

Also referred to as Corn poppies, Shirley poppies, or Flanders poppies.  The red ones are the famous poppies symbolizing the war dead.  My red ones came in Dollar Tree mixed seeds, and labeled "corn poppies," while the mixed pinks, whites, and oranges were in a free packet from the Sierra Club, labeled the same.  They self seed with abandon, although this year my red ones in the Pollinator Garden are few. 


 

Portulaca

Also called Moss Rose, the dainty paper-like flowers bloom on succulent type leafed plants.  They amaze me because one plant can have several different color flowers. 

Primrose

Just the annual primrose, that I buy at any garden department, when I shop in garden departments, which hasn't happened lately.




Q will be another one flower letter.



 

Comments

  1. Oh wow, I didn't know Poppies could be white!

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    1. The corn poppies, or Shirley poppies can come in lots of colors. California poppies have a white version, or sort of ivory colored. Mine never do well, and never self-seed. The CA ones can be red or purple too, and again, not as sturdy as the golden.

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  2. Thanks for showing the California poppies. I'm from CA.

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    1. Me too! Fortunately, we have them here in Southern Oregon too.

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  3. POPPIES! I confess, I stole the seed pod off a red CA poppy in the Getty garden.

    It was a very dry year, so no super bloom this year, sad face.

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    1. At least that will keep the Instagram people from trampling and laying in them for photos! I have had Red Chief before, but the special colored ones don't do nearly as well as the golden.

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  4. All beautiful and so colorful! I think I like the primrose best. I love the pink and yellow together.

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    1. Primrose have the most amazing color combos! It's hard to pick which ones I want.

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  5. Hi,
    Thanks for stopping by my place. Love all your flowers. I had Red Poppies, but
    they have all died out...I need to resow some. Have a great day!

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    1. Mine did that too, I wonder why? The mixed ones in the front yard self-sowed and the plants are huge!

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  6. I do love California Poppies. Those phlox are stunning, too.

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  7. Pretty pretty posies indeed - so lovely to see them all! I was especially delighted to see your photo of Portulaca. I remember Moss Roses from my childhood, but could never find them as an adult. Now I know what to look for, and I'm grateful to you!

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    1. Glad to help! They are such pretty flowers, like tissue paper.

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  8. Never thought about how many flowers start with the letter P...

    Beth
    https://bethlapinsatozblog.wordpress.com/

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    1. And to think I don't even have peonies or petunias!

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  9. I've seen very few poppies where I live - and I've never tried to grow them. Portulaca is an old favorite although I haven't tried it recently. Pretty posies you picked!

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    1. I wonder why that is, the few poppies? The CA ones of course are natives, but the others should grow anywhere.

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  10. I like the idea of potting a plant that is beautiful when in bloom but not so attractive otherwise. It gives you the flexibility to move it around.

    Weekends In Maine

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    1. It does. Ugly plants in the ground get composted!

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