This soft and creamy version of the typically orange California native poppies are just starting to bloom in my Dry Garden Bed. Despite my love of orange I went with the cream flowers because there are too many other colours in that bed and it would have been chaos. I also love the unusual.
The cactus in the background is one of several cold hardy opuntias that I am growing in the bed. This one has a taller form than usual, and long spines that hurt something fierce when they stick into your knee, I tell you what.
It doesn’t look like what you’d expect from a garden in Toronto does it?
A flower bud.
I purchased these seeds from Renee’s Garden and sowed them in late winter/early spring. A friend of mine grew this variety last year and allowed it to self-seed. His flowers bloomed at least a month earlier than mine.