One of the things I cant leave behind are my 'Holbrook Poppies' so I am collecting seed. My Holbrook Poppies come from seeds I found and sampled one year in late October. We were driving from Sydney to Wangarratta to go to the Jazz Festival and stopped off at - you guessed it - Holbrook, NSW for a stretch and a coffee. In the front yard of a beautiful old and deserted house were the seed heads of these poppies. I sampled a couple of heads, kept the seeds and sprinkled them thru my veggie patch.
The next spring the little rosettes of grey green leaves emerged and yielded large numbers of beautiful purple-mauve papery flowers.
They self-seed each year and, each year I am rewarded with a beautiful display of flowers and pollinating bees drawn to my patch. They also fill gaps in the patch while the new spring vegetables grow. To me, spring isn't spring without these poppies.
Yesterday I went thru the patch to see if the heads were dry enough to collect for seeds - they were. Yay - they WILL come with me.
The flowers are a little small now - they always get small towards the end of their season. Normally they are much bigger than those seen here. It's fun to watch the bees crawl inside and run around the centre of the flower pollinating as they go.
If you'd like some of my Holbrook Poppy seeds, tell me what your favourite flowers are for the vegetable patch. Are they marigolds, sunflowers, or something else? Why do you like to have them in your veggie patch? As one who likes flowers in with my veggies, I'd love to know what you grow.
I can give three little packets away. These will go to people randomly - a name-in-the-hat draw that I will make on Monday 12th November. There might be some restrictions with WA and Tas gardeners, I don't know - the seed catalogues always seem to point out 'issues'. I will do some research.
In some ways, I will be taking these poppies 'home' - Holbrook is not that far from our new rural property.
I am looking forward to hearing about your favourite flowers for your vegetable patch!