Now that it’s summer and things are blooming, I’m going to spend a little time here sharing my recent gardening adventures. I planted a variety of edible plants in raised beds. The most spectacular so far is poppies, for edible poppy seeds. These Hungarian Blue Breadseed poppies (Papaver somniferum) are huge. They are just over four feet tall. The bright purple flowers are nearly as big as my hand, and the seed pods are balls with a two inch diameter. While mostly purple, we’ve had a few flowers open up red, or purple-red. I love how spiny the leaves and stems are, and the way the bend over sharply just before the flowers open up. They are very cheerful. They aren’t quite ready to harvest yet, but so far they’ve been lots of fun. (http://www.bountifulgardens.org/Poppy-Hungarian-Blue-Breadseed/productinfo/GPO-7349/)

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