Poppy Panache

Rich Coral Poppy in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Closeup of Coral Poppy (photo: Kathy Diemer)

Poppies will put them to sleeeeeeeep . . .” purred the Wicked Witch of the West as she stroked her crystal ball.  And if any poppy could cause Dorothy and her friends to doze, it would be the fated Opium poppy, Papaver somniferum, the source of poppy seeds and opium. The Latin botanical name means the “sleep-bringing poppy”, referring to the sedative potential of these opiates.  However, we’re NOT talking about opium poppies, rather their showy, garden friendly relatives the Oriental poppy, Papaver orientale.    [Read more…]

Orange Crush

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail in Lily in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail inside a Lily (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

A day without orange . . . is like a day without sunshine. Indeed. The color orange simply radiates warmth and happiness by combining two dynamic hues: vibrant red and cheery yellow. Orange is an optimistic shade that can uplift and rejuvenate our spirits. Words like motivation, spontaneity and enthusiasm for life are associated with the color orange, as well as adventurous, inspirational, and confident.  Orange is extroverted and uninhibited, quite the show off in fact, always helping us to focus on the bright side of life. Now who wouldn’t want a little bit of that in their life? [Read more…]

Bold and Beautiful Blossoms

Vibrant Orange Poppies Sizzle in the Garden in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Vibrant Orange Poppies Sizzle in the Garden (photo: Kathy Diemer)

Just as summer’s sun sets the sky ablaze, so too will bold blossoms sprinkled throughout your gardens.  As if you’re turning on a switch of colors; one touch creates a burst of sizzling orange, another ignites with flashes of fiery red, or brilliant amber petals illuminate an otherwise lackluster location. Now imagine kicking it up a notch . . . or two . . . and doubling or tripling the flower’s dimension to create a true explosion of color.  If this intensity boost sounds like something you’d want to plug into, read on to learn about some of my favorite buxom beauties sure to add spark to your gardens this season. [Read more…]