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Welcome to Country Garden Seeds! Flower Seeds for your garden, for cut flowers and for wildlife. Do you dream of a beautiful garden full of scented flowers and buzzing with wildlife? Just sow a few packets of seeds for gorgeous flowers that your garden wildlife will love too. Here are some beautiful and easy plants for you to grow.
In October you can sow a batch of Hardy Annuals such as Sweet Peas which will grow to form sturdy young plants before winter sets in. Perennials and Wildflowers can also be sown now.

Papaver somniferum Collection

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Papaver somniferum Collection Seeds

A collection of three different poppies, all packaged individually and all beautiful and useful too. Opium Poppies are some of the easiest and most gorgeous flowers to grow from seed with large open papery blooms.

Lauren's Grape is tall with large deep purple/plum flowers followed by lovely fat seed heads.

Maanzaad Poppies have large white/pale pink flowers with dark plum splotches followed by lovely fat seed heads. Often called the Breadseed Poppy Maanzaad Poppies produce masses of seeds which can be used in bread making. In fact this is probably the best bread seed poppy.

Hungarian Blue Poppies are not actually blue, they have large deep purple/plum flowers with dark splotches followed by lovely fat seed heads.

Flowers are produced from late spring (end of May) to late summer (August). If you need some colour in your life and plenty of it then these easy to grow flowers could be perfect for you! Poppies are brilliant planted in drifts and makes a lovely cut flower too. The seedheads can also be used in flower arrangements.

Genus Papaver somniferum
Varieties Lauren's Grape, Maanzaad and Hungarian Blue
Plant Type Hardy Annual
Height & Spread 90cm tall x 30cm spread
Sow Seeds Sow direct in spring and early summer for flowers this year. Poppies dislike root disturbance so it's best to sow where you want these poppies to flower. Seeds are tiny so do not cover them because they need light to germinate. Take care when watering to prevent the seeds being washed away. Alternatively sow in August or September for slightly earlier flowers next year.
Thin/Plant Out Thin seedlings to allow sufficient space (30cm) for the young plants to grow and develop.

Conditions Required Opium Poppies will grow in most garden situations ranging from full sun to dappled shade. They prefer moist but well drained soil. Protect from slugs and snails because they love Poppies.
Flower Production Flowers produced in 10 -12 weeks from a spring sowing. Grow plenty and sow in succession for lots of blooms.
eg: March, May and September.
Picking Pick in the cool of the early morning or evening when the buds are just starting to break open. Poppies last just a couple of days in a vase but they are productive plants so harvest frequently to keep the blooms coming. Sear stem ends in boiling water for 20 seconds to prolong vase life and place immediately in fresh clean water. Seedheads can also be used in arrangements either freshly cut or dried.
Planting Combinations If you want a good show of colourful blooms and plenty of flowers for cutting then sow these poppies with other tall annuals such as Ammi, Daucus and Dill or in the gaps between perennial flowers.

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