Lonely Celandine Poppy

Celandine poppy

When I looked out over my spring wildflower garden, a bright yellow stood out in the crowd — the only celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum) in the whole garden. Where did the others go? I saw my mother’s garden last night, and hers was “littered” with them. My Missouri Wildflowers book says “It is a prolific seeder which succeeds well in shaded, humus-rich gardens.” So what needs changed here?

Actually the poppy can’t be too lonely with all the nodding white trilliums (left), purple trilliums (above), purple and white violets, dwarf larkspur (below left), wild geraniums (below), wild ginger,  sweet William, false rue anemone and Virginia bluebells all blooming.

I think when I work in this garden, I’ll talk kindly to the celandine poppy, pet it on its little head … and remember to scatter its seeds later.

And if all else fails, I’m sure my mother will share.

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Therese on April 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Lovely, just lovely…words and photos!! Thank you.

    Reply

  2. Posted by Malou on April 2, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Lovely spring blooms! 😉

    Reply

  3. Those are cool pics! 😀

    Reply

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