Glorious poppies

18 05 2008

This morning, Debbi and Regina and I went to the annual Green Spring Gardens Plant Sale. Since I have almost no spare room in my garden, my intent was not to buy plants. I did, of course, succumb to my obsession. I didn’t go too crazy with purchases, though. If you live in the D.C. area, this annual plant sale each May is a must for plantaholics. Be sure to bring a granny cart to carry your loot!

I did pick up the following:

Swamp milkweed: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ASIN

Mina lobata (Firecracker vine or Spanish flag)

https://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2007/09/03/mina-lobata/)

Two hyacinth bean vines: http://www.dirtdoctor.com/view_question.php?id=1236

I also bought an unusual hybrid of black-eyed susan (with skinnier petals than the usual black-eyed susan), a two-tone pink and yellow coneflower, a deep sunset orange coneflower, and two different liatris plants. See there? I can control myself! Put it this way, everything I bought fit into the car (with room for plants that Debbi and Regina bought, too). I spent most of my time flitting off to photograph one of the many hundreds of things flowering in the gardens.

Between the trip with Debbi and Regina this morning and the return trip later this afternoon with Michael, I shot almost 1000 images today! I shot exclusively with my new Nikon D300 and my 105 and 150 macro lenses. I’m loving the D300’s really bright viewfinder, huge screen, speed, tons of features, and the way it feels in my hands. Read Thom Hogan’s review here: http://www.bythom.com/nikond300review.htm

This is a series of poppy images I shot today. As beautiful as the crepe-paper-like unfurled flowers are, the curvy seed pod heads are just as lovely. I believe the red poppy is the Red Shirley Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) shown here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corn_popp

Here’s a great site for ordering poppy seeds (and for identifying the ones I haven’t yet!):

http://www.onestoppoppyshoppe.com/servlet/StoreFront

Learn more about growing poppies here: http://www.poppies.org/faq/growing/

The Green Spring Gardens website has a great list of “Plant Information Sheets” in pdf format available for download here: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/gsgp/gardening.htm

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24 02 2013
Cathy

Your photos are stunning! Love your gardening advice

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