Perhaps it was all those cool, rainy days we had this spring. Maybe it was the love we gave the soil before we started to plant. Whatever it was, we've had a fantastic burst of poppies in the garden this year.
The space had sandy soil, which we had amended with plenty of compost and well-aged cow manure. As the seedlings grew, I periodically added fish fertilizer with high phosphoric acid and potash to stimulate the blooms. This annual is estimated to grow 2 to 4 feet, and we've easily seen these poppies reach those heights so far.
Little seedlings have slipped under the fence, and are nestled among my more formal perennials in a charming but pretty mess.
The range of cheerful colors - pink, white, rose and red - are wonderful for any cottage garden.
But these poppies are so pretty. Somehow, I don't think we'll mind very much that we are stuck with these lovely flowers for many years to come.