I like to have dry plant material on my potting bench in fall and winter.
When I clean the garden, I select nice looking pieces and leave them on the bench.
Poppy heads are my favorites.
I watch them changing their color from light grey to almost black during the winter.
In spring, they usually go to the compost pile.
Recently, I was cleaning my potting bench and reached for something on the back of one of the shelves.
I knew there were poppy heads there, but what I saw made me pause.
I've never seen anything like that - an explosion of life from the old grey boxes!
The poppy heads still had seeds inside. They got enough moisture and with some warmth started to germinate.
Here they are, two seedheads looking like green hedgehogs.
What a will to live and grow!
I divided heads into several parts and planted them in the garden.
It was impossible to separate individual seedlings, so I planted them in bunches.
We'll see what happens. They usually don't grow well when crowded.
Even if they don't grow into good plants, it was a nice surprise.
Happy Easter to you!
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