Poppies grow rampant here in Northern California. We see the orange, California-native poppies bloom throughout the spring and summer, along roadsides and in fields. Reseeding themselves, they come up year after year.
Recently we’ve also spotted the larger, more spectacular, non-native Papaver poppy:
Our neighbor Sarah saved us some seed pods from her purple-colored Papaver poppies:
When you shake them, you hear the poppy seeds jingle around inside.
Be careful though! They easily spill out of these holes in the side of the pod. A simple, elegant way to distribute seeds, relying on wind or animals to shake the pods.
We’re excited to sew them in our garden! Thank you, Sarah!