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Plantidote of the Day 2012-02-20

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Semi-mystery plant

Poppy of some sort

Icelandic? Oriental? Flanders Field? I've looked at so many poppy pictures that they're all running together. Please, someone take pity and identify this plant.

It's in bloom now here in Zone 10. There's another one just like it, but white, nearby, and they both have the shortest stems I've ever seen on flowers like this, only about 4 inches off the ground. Weird, but beautiful. Look familiar?

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Submitted by twig on

would recognize it. There's a much more interesting one tomorrow -- a total mystery to me (like many things) and one I've never seen anywhere else.

Submitted by lambert on

What would I do? I want to abolish that last portion of lawn.

Actually, maybe a better question is, how would I create a sequence of massed wild flowers?

What I'd really like to hear is throw down some dirt and then scatter seeds, but what would weeds? Seems like sheet mulch is for vegetables, right?

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Submitted by twig on

but couldn't figure out how to keep all the flowers from blooming at once. It seems like you'd have flowers for a few months, and the rest of the year, the yard would be brown stubble.

Someone must've figured out how to do this. Searching ....

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Submitted by Kathryn on

Has a product called Northern Ecology Mix.

see for the online catalog, and go to page 75.

I used this experimentally on a small side yard -- the test was little watering, and no mowing but also would it yield a nice environment for birds, bees, and my mental health.

And it worked pretty well. I added the taller more meadow flowerseed like poppies in randomly and it was good the first year. Second year the clovers seemed to dominate over the bentgrass, and I had to reseed some of the different wildflowers. But then I got to where I was happy with the clover field and left it be.

Not that I'm saying to use this, but the idea is there. To find the low growth grass for your area and mix up the seed to suit you and see what happens. I like Nichols though, they have the most interesting seed collections and have been really reliable.

Page 64 they have some nice wildflower seed mixes, and also cover crops on page 54.

It is a Pacific Northwest company.


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Submitted by twig on

what a great catalog, they've got everything, including stuff I didn't know I needed until now ;-) I'm going to try the mixed grass/flower seeds -- they look wonderful!