A surprise on the first day of Spring

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As if to herald the first official day of spring, the first Hungarian Bread Seed Poppy bloomed this morning!

I planted these from seed back in the autumn (along with parsley, lettuces, scallions, snap peas, and other winter veggies) in the raised planter bed I relocated to the front garden. The lettuce has all been harvested and so have the scallions. The Italian flat leaf parsley called "Gigante" is living up to its name on one end of the bed.

And up against parsley, these poppies have been growing, and growing, and GROWING! The plants are huge! But there haven't been any signs of buds all winter (even though most Oriental and Iceland poppies are a winter flower around here). I was very anxious to see what the poppy would look like because I've never grown these before. I had no idea there would be such a rich purple in the center of this large poppy blossom.

And so, instead of being the winter-bloomer I had planned, the Hungarian Bread Seed Poppy has joined the rest of the lovely blooms in the Rosehaven Cottage gardens to welcome the first day of spring!


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20 comments:

Heidi Ashworth said...

I would love to browse your garden!

Becca's Dirt said...

Gorgeous poppy. Lovely hyacinths and lilacs. What a feeling to get outdoors and find such beauties in the garden.

Daisy said...

The poppy is so pretty, and kind of exotic-looking!

Cheryl said...

It is so strange to see the poppy flowering in early spring......it blooms in May here.....
They are stunning, I do love them.....the seedheads are great to......

Maureen said...

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Best wishes
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Brenda@View From The Pines said...

I have a poppy plant. And just today I was wondering what kind of bloom it would have. I love that!
Brenda

Deanna said...

What a lovely poppy Cindy! And how sweet that you caught it as it was waking up...the color is beautiful and I like that it looks like little ruffles on top.

Happy First Day of Spring!
Deanna :D

GardenJoy4Me said...

That is one amazing poppy and what a detailed picture !

Joanne said...

Gorgeous colors in that poppy - what a perfect Spring welcome.

Willow said...

Wow, that's a beautiful poppy! I think I'm falling in love...

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I think that is the prettiest poppy I've ever seen! Love that color!

Joanie said...

Just beautiful, Cindy... I love the color of this poppy.
Love you,
auntie

Kylee said...

Cindy, that is just beautiful! I've never grown them before either and I have seeds. I will sow them this weekend, once I decide just where I want them to go. I hope I get some blooms as beautiful as that one!

Happy Spring!

Kylee

Loree said...

Hwat pretty flowers you have. I am sure your garden is a joy to look at and a place of peace and serenity. The first day of spring was great here but we've gone back to winter today with gale force winds and rain :(

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Cindy, I can't get the poppy to show up. It sounds so gorgeous, and I hope that it will show up soon.

Jen

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

There she is, and even more beautiful than I would have thought. Would you if you ever get some seed, please send me just a pinch?

Jen

Melanie said...

What a beautiful fragile looking bloom. I do love poppies. :-) My favs are the fancier ruffled lookiing ones in so many different colours.

Sherri said...

Cindy, I love poppies and that one is a beauty!! Thanks for sharing!

Carolynn said...

Budding flowers are like surprise packages from Mother Nature, aren't they? Pretty.

BittersweetPunkin said...

I love your Spring surprise!

I have weeds...which is no surprise...lol

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