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Jun 14, 2015 4:50 AM CST
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
Hi All - I love the poppies that I have in my front border…….. up until they finish blooming - but they sure look awful after they finish. The foliage sprawls, and starts turning yellow in the center. Does anyone have any suggestion as to how to tidy up that mess?

My Siberian iris get tied into sheaths, but I don't know if I can get away with that with poppies. I usually end up cutting them back somewhat, but I am not sure thats so good for them either.
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Jun 23, 2015 4:55 PM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
I cut mine back hard when they look ratty. Usually they will put on some shorter basal growth but no reblooms.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
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Jun 23, 2015 5:52 PM CST
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
@bonehead - Thanks - I wasn't sure if I could get away with that.
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Jul 5, 2015 7:20 AM CST
Name: Connie
Edmonton, Alberta area (Canada (Zone 3a)
Bookworm Plays in the sandbox Peonies Foliage Fan Ferns Dragonflies
Daylilies Clematis Cat Lover Region: Canadian Butterflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
If I continue to remove the stocks of the dead ones, mine continue to flower for months!
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Jul 5, 2015 10:16 AM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
I will have to try that next season. Do you have the oriental or opium variety? Mine are oriental.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
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Jul 5, 2015 6:06 PM CST
Name: Connie
Edmonton, Alberta area (Canada (Zone 3a)
Bookworm Plays in the sandbox Peonies Foliage Fan Ferns Dragonflies
Daylilies Clematis Cat Lover Region: Canadian Butterflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Oriental. They come back, year after year, so faithfully. They are cheerful, when nothing else is blooming yet.
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