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I may take a page out of @Gina Mulic 's book and try poppies in my sunny front garden.
self-sowing Oriental Poppies (Papaver orientale) - once these showy flowers are finished, the seed heads remain. These funny upside down cone shaped seed heads are fascinating to open up. The insides are chock full of poppy seeds (just like the ones on your bagel). Let it dry out & shake it around wherever you want to plant. I did this freely for years as a kid, much to my mother's appreciation, & we always had the most beautiful mix of shasta daisies & orange poppies in June.
5 Favorite Self Seeding Plants, via The Gardenist.. my neighbor in MN has these orange flowers.. I love them!
Five Favorite Self Seeding Plants -THE GARDENIST. Poppies are "Mary Garden" plants: http://www.fisheaters.com/marygardens.html
Oriental Poppy (poppy), cut flower, needs full sun, fairly tolerant to drought conditions.
Oriental Poppy 'Princess Victoria Louise
Cosmos; Bright, pure magenta with a touch of warmth; pure, cool white; sprinkle of bright yellow; neutral green.
Icelandic Poppies via acreativemint
such beautiful pics... go check her out on flickr
Poppies #patternpod #beautifulcolor #inspiredbycolor
Papaver orientale ‘Royal Wedding’
Gorgeous Peony - peonies are just the most beautiful bloom and the dark background makes them pop...
pretty simple blooms | pink pitcher
Sweet Smell of the South - Gardenia (my favorite flower)