Re: [gardeners] Spring

penny x stamm (
Sun, 22 Mar 1998 22:18:31 -0500

George, I am admiring your variety, planning, and energy.
We woke up to a blanket of snow, surprise, surprise, so all
thoughts of planting the snow peas evaporated. No problem,
really, because my poor husband, Jimmie, worships snow,
and has been unfulfilled this entire winter. He just plain enjoys

I am interested in your poppies. I had brought home seed from
England 4 years ago, blue Icelandic poppies, and decided to 
germinate them last year. Got an enormous result, and shared 
them with folks in Chicago, St.Louis and Connecticut. But we all 
had a very wet summer, and all the ones I had planted at those 
other houses drowned. Not mine, however. I kept only about 
8 plants to put where there are always two hours of morning sun, 
and 8 plants to put in total sun. The plants which got little sun
collapsed down in a sprawling fashion, not at all pretty, but they
all lived, and they all had flowers by August, even though that 
was probably 8 or more weeks late for them! There were some
singles, and some doubles, some pink, some blue. The plants 
which were in full sun grew straight up like an arrow, resembling 
heads of romaine lettuce! Never got even one flower.....   

What has been your experience...?

Penny Stamm, zone 6, NY

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