We've had a beautiful red oriental poppy for at least 8 years. I bought it in a small pot from a woman at the annual Beltsville Garden Club's first sale in the spring at least 8 years ago. I planted it in my garden and waited, and the first year it rewarded me with a single bloom. It may have been only one bloom, but it was fabulous.
Not familiar with the ways of poppies, I didn't know they went dormant in late summer, so I assumed it had died when the foliage withered. And then, much to my surprise, it reappeared in winter. It didn't bloom the next year nor the next, so I wasn't sure what was wrong with it. The next year, it had three blooms, and I was so happy. And then we moved. I'd learned enough to know that established poppies don't like to be moved, but I was NOT leaving it behind.
We didn't have time to plan our perennial border, so we just tucked the things we'd brought from the other house into the soil. The soil at our old house was heavily amended (with sand and compost) clay and was very workable. The soil at the new house was heavy and very micaceous. We didn't have time for much soil improvement, so I thought I might lose some things. I did, but the poppy wasn't one of them. The first year, it doubled in size and rewarded us with a handful of flowers. The next year, it was huge and had 23 buds - I was so excited, and I couldn't help but assume the poppy liked its new home. For the past several years, it's had close to 20 buds and flowers each year, and they are so spectacular. Here's a closeup.
While I may have heard the name when I bought it, I'd lost any information, which was probably written on a popsicle stick. So our poppy has been nameless. We love this poppy, and every year, we begin the poppy watch when we see the first buds. We didn't care if it didn't have a name. But this year, Garden Man said he saw a photo of a poppy that looked just like ours, and it was called Turkenlouis. I've done some research, and I do think ours looks like Turkenlouis. Are there any poppy experts out there who could make the definitive call?
Here are some vendors' offerings of Turkenlouis:
Here are a few more photos of my poppy:
Turkenlouis? Or some other red poppy? What do you think? I'd love to know.