Meadow

Last year, we replaced some backyard grass with a meadow. Until a week ago, there were only a few flowers blooming, mainly an interesting clover. Then the poppies started blooming:

The seed we planted, a wildflower mix,  came from Vermont Wildflower Farm. I supplemented the mix with wood poppy, hepatica, bloodroot, black cohosh, and Mertensia bluebells. None of those native wildflowers came up, I watched carefully in early spring and later. So it’s not what I expected, but I love the combination of red poppy and cornflower so far. And I wonder what’s coming next of the 27 species in the description – there should be some coreopsis, flax, and bee balm before long. There’s one wide angle image (35mm) to show the scene, but most of these were taken with a 300mm lens.

28 thoughts on “Meadow

  1. These are beautiful images. In the U.K. they are known as the common poppy or corn poppy. I read recently that they have been around since the Iron Age. Unfortunately they are considered a weed and are frequently sprayed with herbicide here. One of my favourite specialist poppies is Papaver rhoeas ‘Cedric Morris.’ Cedric Morris was an artist and plantsman who collected poppies with mutations of colour by the roadside and in fields and propagated them. They are dusky shades of silvery pink, lavender, peach, mauve or white.

  2. Good for you in getting rid of backyard grass. I am trying a plot of clover in a section of mind that is in pretty much full shade. Will likely spread it to other areas. I’d love to have a poppy field!

  3. A delightful set of meadows!! Beautiful compositions and colors! I love the third one (After a rain) with the focusing look! So it turned into a nature shoot instead.

  4. There’s a place up in Fredericksburg called Wildseed Farms that grows flowers commercially for seed. People travel there to see the fields filled with bluebonnets, but when their poppies are in bloom, it’s a fantastic sight. Native or not, they’re stunning, and one of my favorite flowers. There isn’t one of these photos I’d call a favorite. They’re all beautiful.

  5. My understanding is that with native seed it can take a year or two for them to appear. Some of them need stratification of some sort~soaking in water, freeze/thaw cycles, scarification, even fire! I figure they’ll get what they need by being out in the elements of the garden for a season or two. Fingers crossed! It sounds like a great list of species when they do come up.
    And just look at those glorious poppies! Your photos are just beautiful.

    • A postscript: Vermont Wildflower Farm wrote me that the native wildflowers will need another season or two, a few cycles of freezing and thawing, before I’ll see a bloom. Basically exactly what you said. The cohosh might come up this season, that was the exception.

      • Oh nice. I particularly like blue cohosh, and only know it from one site here.

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