precious tiny poppy flower

Just last week I was swearing the left third of my garden was a bloomless wasteland. Slightly dramatic but it felt accurate... especially when compared to the bountiful garden that I had imaged and planned. The benefit of being home sick for nearly the entire month of February was that I had plenty of time to plan my vegetable garden and alleged cutting garden.

The downfall of the garden came when a lot of the bulbs were initially out of stock from Floret and then continued when the seedlings did the opposite of thrive. The bright side has always been the sunflowers. So damn easy and so damn hearty. Lessons learned for the future. 
Other bright spots? The Dusty Miller. I love this one for so many reasons. It has a subtle sage color to it and the leaves are almost a little fuzzy. A few weeks after transplanting them in the garden they really took root and have nearly doubled in size. I'm not exactly sure how to treat them like a "cutting flower" but I imagine they look beautifully romantic in almost any arrangement. That being said, they'll probably just stay in the garden all summer because I love seeing them there with their scallop shell row marker.
Then, the unthinkable happened. One of the poppies bloomed over the weekend. Like overnight ... all of sudden ... a tiny white flower appeared out of the middle of nowhere. I think I actually shrieked out loud. I had completely given up hope on them. Despite how weak these seedlings felt, I decided to transplant them several weeks back and just give it a shot. A few more of them suffered some severe blows by the wind (literally).
And while I wouldn't consider these poppies a "success", I am beyond excited by the few blooms that seem to be popping up. On Saturday? One Poppy. On Sunday? Two Poppies. It does look like there will be a few more coming but I do not expect them to look like bountiful, strong flowers on the Floret website. Boo hiss.

Other garden posts to come? My love of geraniums and slate walkways.
Previous posts? Meet my garden. What I planted.

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