OF POPPIES ~ DOUBLE AND PINK

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Every year Poppies come to grow in my garden, just like that, there are so many of them that sometimes I just have to pull up some.  They grow strong and produce beautiful double pink flowers and large seed capsules with plenty of seeds.  Not sure if I can use the seeds for consumption so I have not done so to date.  I do like watching them as they grow, and they make such a lovely display.  This year they took over a whole raised bed which had some cabbage growing in it, they totally took over.  I was not unhappy about that.

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One of the flower heads, but already on the way out showing the seed capsule in the middle.  I never realised how many different Poppy varieties there are, only being familiar with the Flanders Poppies, the beautiful red ones that create such a lovely sight in either a meadow or even in a painting, I am thinking of Claude Monet’s Poppy field, or Van Gogh’s many different uses of Poppies.  I’ve seen them also in Naxos growing abundantly in the May meadows, lovely.

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The seed heads are just a lovely used in a winter dried flower display, or I like to see them just growing and ripen in the garden.  I know that the seeds are used in baking but I have not used my own seeds for that yet as I am not sure if they are the right kind.  No doubt some day I will apply myself and find out.  As for now, I will continue to have beautiful Poppies every year, and I keep getting a good supply of seeds to share out to friends.

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AND STILL THE SUMMER LASTS

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Today still warm and sunny and yet we are in the second half of September, so we are having an Indian summer for sure.  My friend decided to tackle the front garden, cutting hedges mainly.  This meant that there was a lot of shredding to be done.  There was also quite some weeds and moss growing that had to be dealt with.  The garden here, and in particular the hedges are now nearly forty years old, we just stuck cuttings into the soil, and they started to grow – on average they grow nearly two meters per summer ~ a lot of stuff to shred every year, but this makes lots of lovely mulch down the line.  They are mainly Privet, Griselinia, and Cotoneaster.  Some winters ago when we had below 15 degrees Celsius here, which is very rare, a lot of the hedging got damaged and there are a few gaps here and there that have not been seen too since.  So a lot of hard work in this aging garden.  We have one beautiful little tree in the front garden of which the leaves become quite red in the autumn, they are on the way now.

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The leaves of the other tree are falling and I’m collecting them to make into leaf mulch for the vegetable garden.

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In next doors garden, over the fence, a tree laden with little Crab-apples.

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And to finish off a really good day ~ a beautiful sun is setting behind a few swirly clouds.