|Papaver somniferum 'Lauren's Grape'|
I'd also planted an annual poppy called 'Lauren's Grape' the previous year and although I only got puny little things then, a couple of volunteers this year grew to a magnificent size and bloomed just like I'd seen in photos. I had enough blooms and seed heads that I should be able to plant a nice crop of them late next winter.
|95% of the flowers and foliage you see in the flower bed are volunteers!|
The Euonymus isn't even visible, due to the Talinum covering it up!
While this bed of volunteers doesn't give me the look I was intending, by any means, it's still quite pretty in a free-form sort of way, with its different shades of green and the varying pinks, and even two that are purple! This is a great demonstration of what happens when a hybrid goes to seed and produces inconsistent offspring. Some of them are like the original pink Wave, but the seeds can't be relied upon to consistently produce that of the original plants.
|Many of the offspring were like the original pink Wave.|
|I was surprised to see this green-edged pink version|
and I like it quite a bit.
I'm still amazed at how successful petunias are at self-seeding, considering just how tiny the seeds are (powder!) and that they need light to germinate.
|These are some of the different results of the pink Wave self-seeding.|
I love the color of this purple one, but there's a darker purple, too.
Romie wants to just let this flower bed do this every year, but I've informed him that won't be happening. We'll enjoy it for now, and while I love it when plants self-seed (most of the time), I've got other plans for this bed next year and it doesn't involve Jewels of Opar, petunias, or even the Euonymus that's still there.
|The tiny blooms and airy sprigs of the Talinum |
do blend nicely with the Echinacea 'Ruby Star', though...