Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Middle South

January, 2004
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Southeastern Flower Show
The Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta will be buzzing with blooms at the Southeastern Flower Show, February 18-22. I'll be there sharing gardening secrets, along with flower expert Allan Armitage and grasses guru Peter Loewer. Check out the show's Web site at: for a complete schedule, ticket prices, and parking suggestions.

Favorite or New Plant

Poppies are always pretty, but what I like best about them is how much fun they are to grow from seed sown right in the garden. I plant some of my shirley poppies (Papaver rhoeas) in the fall, and then sow another round in early February. These delicate beauties defy transplanting, but the tiny seeds always sprout and grow into lovely plants by late spring. Breadseed poppies (P. somniferum) are usually winter hardy, too, and feature big, shaggy blooms followed by seedpods filled with crunchy edible seeds. I wait until I can sniff spring in the air to plant California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) which get sulky in cold weather, but thrive when given a cool start in spring. Why not grow them all!


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