PLANT OF THE WEEK

Gravetye Poppies

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I think it is my favourite time of year to have a walk around the kitchen garden.

Meanwhile the first vegetables are cropped, this part of the garden starts filling with many a colourful flower.

The poppies are at their peak. It is amazing how many varieties can  be found in the garden. We have just grown four varieties in our nursery, but I have seen more than eight types of flower in the kitchen garden. Although most of them are self-sown, we’ve collected and planted some seeds, but it is always a surprise to discover what colour they are. It is a gradient from the red, to white : orange, red, deep red, pink….

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Some of them are orange with a white edge. Others, called Ladybird, have a black dot on their petals.

The bees make a good job, by pollinating, helping to mix  the poppies.

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It is definitely worth coming to see that before they stars to drop their petals.

So, how many varieties can you find yourself?

Words and photographs by Martin

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