Yesterday morning the sun was shining after a clear sky and it was cool – very cool. The dew was heavy and the air was fresh and the annual poppies were hovering on slender stems, caught by the low light. This year I have grown ‘Mother of Pearl’ but like so many hardy annual stocks, this is not a very good one because there are not as many pastel shades as there should be and they are mostly just white or a rather nice dusky red. I am slightly disappointed but I have to say that they are all lovely, and were especially pretty at 8 in the morning.
The seeds were sown direct where they were to flower in mid May and have been in bloom for a few weeks. The seedlings were thinned out to about 10cm apart when they were large enough to handle easily.