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ImageSteven
Apr 17, 2010 3:04 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
Here is a picture of my tub of poppies from 5 days ago.

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ImageSteven
Apr 17, 2010 3:05 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
And here they are today! See how much they have grown? I think it must have been the Fish Emulsion I fed them with. They didn't even get transplant shock!

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Apr 17, 2010 3:05 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
Here is 'Venus'

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Apr 17, 2010 3:06 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
Lauren's Grape. It's hard to see in the picture but the leaves are very blue. Some even have some purple tints.
You can really see the difference compared to next pic.

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Apr 17, 2010 3:07 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
Here is Danish Flag. It and Laurens Grape are both OP's but notice the difference in leaf colour?

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Apr 17, 2010 3:08 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
And lastly, here are the Shirley Poppies!

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Apr 17, 2010 3:24 PM CST
Name: Karla
Greenwich,OH
Nice! poppy seedlings.
This is a good idea,if someone wants to identify,what poppy seedlings look like after they germinated.
I have some poppy sprouts in my container and some sprouts in my poppy bed.
I have been trying to save the container with the poppy sprouts,from the stray cat,
that keeps hanging around.
I moved the container,maybe the cat will stay out of it.





ImageSteven
Apr 17, 2010 3:33 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
Thanks Karla! You should start a poppy database where we could enter our different cultivars and seedling pics! Thank would be great. Sorry I don't have any suggestions of how to keep the cats out of your container maybe try some grated Irish Spring soap? Most other animals hate the smell of it so the cat might too.
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Imagebeckygardener
Apr 17, 2010 7:06 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Great shots, Steven!!!

Karla - I have a problem with squirrels, so I put wide opening wire screen/mesh over my pots and leave it on until the plants really start taking off and filling up the container. Just a thought. Works like a charm for me here. Smiling
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ImageSteven
Apr 17, 2010 7:59 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
I don't know if you have it in Florida Becky, but there is a brand of soap called Irish Spring and the squirrels hate it. It has a very strong scent that they do not like. I have used it so I can say personally that it works! Just grate it and sprinkle it on the soil.
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Imagebeckygardener
Apr 17, 2010 9:15 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
The soap doesn't harm the plant? We do have Irish Spring at our local store.
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ImageNewyorkrita
Apr 18, 2010 12:56 AM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Interesting pictures of all the seedlings.
Imagepoppy
Apr 18, 2010 9:42 AM CST
Name: Karla
Greenwich,OH
Speaking of the cat in my container.
I just got home this morning from work .I had at least 10 poppy sprouts and the cat dug 7 of those sprouts and used the container as a litter box.
I was upset and frustrated over the havoc that cat caused.
I saved 3 of the seedlings and went ahead cleaned the cat poo out and sowed a few more of the poppy seeds in the container.
Maybe,I will get more sprouts since we are having cool temperatures, here all week in the low 30"s at night and early to mid fifties in the daytime.
I moved the container underneath my patio swing.
Since,the container is tall,I don't think the cat will have room to get inside of the container.
This was my purple puffy poppy seeds,I received in a special trade from a lady in CA.
I hope! those 3 seedlings produce a few nice purple puffy poppies..
I have poppy sprouts in my other bed.
I should have a few nice poppy blooms this summer.
Steven, Speaking of Irish spring soap, LOL!
I have some,since that is the brand I use.
I will get a bar out and shred pieces of the soap around the container.
That is one problem, I have here is stray cats living in the country.
This is what the poppies ,should look like growing in the container.
Here is the link.
http://www.onestoppoppyshoppe.com/servlet/the-130/poppy-seed...

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ImageSteven
Apr 18, 2010 3:11 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
Poppy so sorry to hear that the cat got in your container! We used to have stray cats at our old house and they would sit right in the middle of our perennials leaving a giant hole! Grr.....it is very frustrating!

Becky, the soap will be fine for the plants as long as it's in moderation. I have a picture of a container I put the soap on you can see how much to use. You can re-apply it after a rain or as needed Smiling

Thank-you Rita! I love those roses in your avatar!

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ImageNewyorkrita
Apr 18, 2010 3:38 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Thanks. I have lots of roses (over 230) but I am really very cottage garden here. Lately I have gotten interrested in poppies to hopefully add more early color to the garden. I am mainly interested in sowing the annual ones and find your seedling pictures very interesting.

With the size of the seeds, these seedling must be impossible to se as they first come up.
Imagebeckygardener
Apr 18, 2010 4:01 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Steven - Nice container mix of plants! Thanks for the visual photo of the soap shavings. I may have to try that. I think I have chased off the females rats in my backyard, but there is still a very stubborn male rat that I just can't get to leave! Grrrr ... Maybe the soap shavings will help discourage him from hanging around. I think the females were pregnant! Ugh! They are just too smart for the live trap.

Rita - 230 roses??? WOW! I bet your property looks awesome when in bloom! Any photos to share? Oops! Since this is the poppy forum maybe that was not the proper thing to ask you to post a photo of. Hilarious!
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ImageNewyorkrita
Apr 18, 2010 4:38 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Go over to the rose Cubit. I have prictures posted there. The spring flush, which is in early to mid June each year (depends on the weather) is so glorious. I have lots of roses in the front yard and it stops traffic.
ImageSteven
Apr 18, 2010 4:46 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
Rita, do you dust your roses or anything liek that? I don't see a single black spot in your avatar photo! Just lots of shiny perfect green leaves......aside from the blooms of course! And, yes the Poppy seedlings are small but not invisible small like a Lobelia which is nearly microscopic. You can see them fairly easily if your looking for them.

Becky, maybe this is a dumb question.......but do the rats live in holes? I have voles in the back yard and if I find anymore of their holes I'm going to sprinkle the soap down the hole to maybe drive them out!
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Imagebeckygardener
Apr 18, 2010 4:54 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Steven - Not really holes, but they do nest in or under things in my yard. I've even found an old nest underneath a cluster of Coral Honeysuckle vines growing along my fence. They collect soft stuff from my yard to pad their nests. It drives me crazy! This past winter, I found 2 nests with 6-7 babies each. I collected all the babies and dumped them outside my yard into the vacant lot next door. They were older, had fur, and eyes were open, but I don't think they were weened yet. The next day we had freezing temps and I don't think they made it. But who knows. I just don't have the heart to kill them by hand. And I don't dare poison them because the hawk and owls hunt them. I wish I could just live trap them all and relocate them.
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ImageNewyorkrita
Apr 18, 2010 5:03 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
I spray my roses with a fungicide. I am fussy about my garden and could never stand the looks of blackspotted roses leaves or even worse, bare twigs becaise all the leavces have fallen.

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