I like to include flowers in my vegetable garden.
I could say that the reason is that they attract pollinators, which in turn help to fertilize my vegetables.
But, the real reason is that I think they are just pretty.
Every year, I grow bachelor’s button in my garden because I love their bright, blue flowers.
This year, I threw some red poppy seed into the garden.
Seriously….I didn’t even cover it with soil or designate a certain area for it. I simply threw it in there on a whim.
Just last week, they began to bloom.
I love the way their unopened blossoms gracefully droop downward, don’t you?
And I must say, that I am just overwhelmed at how beautiful they are….
Red Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)
I will definitely collect the seeds so that I can plant them again next year.
How about you?
Have you ever grown poppies?Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."