Last hurrah of the poppies

My seed-grown 'Lauren's Grape' poppies debuted a week ago , to my delight. In my first blog post about them, I hoped temperatures would remain mild to keep the flowers going. Instead Austin hit a record high of 98 F! Still, the poppies kept popping.

I babied them, giving them a drink every other morning. I don't actually know how thirsty they are, but with near-100-degree temps and several windy days, I didn't want to take any chances.

Lovely April weather, warm but with low humidity, returned last weekend as the poppies finished up their show.

Let's revel in poppy goodness!

The bees like them too.

I adore those crinkly, seafoam-green leaves too, although the bottom leaves get ratty and wilted. Let's avoid that view.

The poppy is as attractive when it goes to seed as when it flowers, in my opinion.

I look forward to seeing more of the round, capped seedheads as grapey petals fall.

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