Shirley Poppy Central

Up close and personal with a pretty Shirley poppy from the garden. I’ve never grown these flowers before but they are performing really well with the mixed weather we are having.

They are related to the red cornfield poppy – Papaver rhoeas – but were bred over many years by the Reverend William Wilks from Shirley in Surrey, England, who wanted a variety of pastel colours and a white centre.

Hopefully they will seed readily around the garden.


14 thoughts on “Shirley Poppy Central

    1. Thank you, Margaret. What an exciting time for you! Has your area been suffering the drought we are hearing about? I’ve seen some images from above of the drought conditions for farmers in other parts of Australia. It looks pretty devastating.


      1. Thankfully, Victoria is not experiencing the drought conditions of parts of NSW and Queensland. However, here in Central Victoria, rainfall is lower this year with a dry autumn and drier than normal winter – fingers crossed for good spring rains!

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