In a Vase on Monday: Poppity Pop!


After saving the first poppy to open from a downpour a couple of weeks ago it was put in a vase and I was pleased to see it lasted several days. So now that the poppies are at their peak I decided to make them the focus of this week’s vase for Cathy’s meme at Rambling in the Garden.


As you can see in the picture below the ferns really accentuate their colour in the rockery, which gave me the idea to combine them in a vase.


I added Lady’s Mantle…


… which is another plant withย lime green foliage, and it looks particularly pretty just before the flowers open too.


I am so glad I cut these on Sunday, as Sunday evening we had a big thunderstorm with absolutely torrential rain and they are now looking rather bedraggled…

These poppies all came from one packet of seeds, sown out many years ago (I just looked it up – 2006!) in a container in early summer and planted out in the following autumn. From just a few plants I now have quite a display, so if you are hesitating in trying out Papaver orientale I can only sing their praise and have never had any problems, except for them getting too vigorous at times and seeding themselves out in the wrong place!


Thanks to Cathy for hosting, and have a good week!


64 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Poppity Pop!

  1. Gorgeous, Cathy!! Poppies are just so bright and blowsy. One of my favourite flowers! Weather is mixed here too. Heavy rain storms followed by intense sunshine. Great for the cabbages but not so great for the tomatoes!! xx

    • The rain has made everything grow here too – looks like a jungle out there! Hope your weather also calms down a bit now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I don’t think those poppies could ever be in the wrong place Cathy or too prolific! The lime green of the foliage really makes the orange poppies sing!

  3. The poppies nearly fly off my screen at me because they are so very zingy and happy! Alchemilla is the perfect foil – but you know I think your lovely garden table does them justice too. Lovely.

  4. The poppies look so fresh with the fern and Layยดs mantle. I really like your presentation of “making of”. Not to much thunderstorms, but rain and sun for all of us.

      • We get exactly the right amount to have the plants watered. But I feel with the people in rainy southern Germany. For days now we have temperatures about 25ยฐC, partly sunshine and it feels very much like summer.

  5. The poppies are gorgeous! I’ve tried growing poppies of all types here without much success – even the California poppies were disappointing this year! It’s the lack of rain, I suppose. I’d be thrilled to have some come back year after year like yours.

    • Yes, my poppies always do better in a wet spring. I thought the Californian ones like drought though. But then I suppose California was not always as dry as these days.

  6. A vase worthy of a star florist, Cathy, wow. Fern doesn’t keep well for me although I adore the unfurling leaves. Always had P. orientale but not any more. We had a thunderstorm with little hailstones too and I was relieved to see all was unharmed. I hope summer will come soon, far to chilly for this time of year.

    • You are flattering me Annette! It has been very warm and humid here and we were very lucky not to get hail or worse after the storms at the weekend. I hope we get a calm summer!

  7. Love the photo of the inside of the poppy – so detailed! I was not able to get any decent poppy photos this year. We’ve actually had too much rain lately. Hooray!

    • I do hope you succeed Susie. I had some pink ones for a few years too, also sown in pots first. But they don’t return as reliably as the orange ones.

  8. This is so jolly Cathy, they are a doddle to propagate from root cuttings too, if you would like even more! Love the glimpse through to your garden, are there hills in the background too?

    • I have never tried taking cuttings, but have divided some immediately after flowering with success in the past. Yes, we are in a valley and there are rocky and wooded hills all around us. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. An absolutely beautiful vase, Cathy! Colours of poppies and foliage of ferns and Ladyยดs mantle
    are harmonizing so perfectly together. The close-up of the poppy is so wonderful …as well as all your other pictures …

  10. Just love the poppies…with that lime green colour which is a favourite of mine, they are so zingy! Thanks for tips to you and Julie…I am about to move home, and have two poppies which I planted a couple of years ago and are about to pop! It would be lovely to take a reminder of them with me.

    • Yes, cuttings would be a good idea, but I have also transplanted whole and divided plants with success too. Good luck with your move Noelle!

  11. So striking – and in some photos more orange than red. I wouldn’t have thought of growing herbaceous poppies from seed but after reading this I think I will give it a go. The lime green of the ferns and alchemilla make a great contrast – thank you for sharing

    • Thanks Ricki. I think the Lady’s Mantle may take over centre stage when the poppies droop, as the flowers are starting to open in the vase!

      • Thank you so much for reading it. Vita Sackville-West is my gardening hero, as you can tell. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I always start with a quote from her, then explain my experience with said flower, or issue she deals with. I basically took her book of Latin terms and post my own photos (usually) and give my experience so the wonderful plants she loved become living breathing things. My post ‘Short and Sweet Woodruff’ is a particular favorite of mine, because she tells us something very unexpected and exciting about sweet woodruff, which is ignored in the garden most of the time. Do take a look if you have the chance. All my posts have a similar flow. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Thanks for adding color to my life. ๐Ÿค—

    On Mon, May 30, 2016 at 7:57 AM, Words and Herbs wrote:

    > Cathy posted: ” After saving the first poppy to open from a downpour a > couple of weeks ago it was put in a vase and I was pleased to see it lasted > several days. So now that the poppies are at their peak I decided to make > them the focus of this week’s vase for Cathy’s m” >

  13. Beautiful poppies! I agree, although oriental poppies can get a little too prolific and boisterous, they are an absolute delight and quite a miraculous colour. I hadn’t used them in a vase yet, but your wonderful combination with Lady’s Mantle has inspired me to give it a go (I have a very similar poppy growing here) so I think I will be a copy cat next week and nab stems of my oriental poppies for a vase. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

    • Thanks Joanna! Yes, I was surprised that the poppies held for up to three or four days in a vase, and when the petals drop they still look decorative with other flowers. Look forward to seeing if you use them next week! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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