Fast Flower Video: Poppies, Maidenhair Fern, Spirea and Kumquats
I'm so glad the poppies are back on the wholesale market, and locally in warmer parts of the states. Do you follow @3porchfarm in Georgia? Mandi has been posting poppies like crazy the last few weeks and they are fantastic!
I love the lightness and brightness poppies bring to an arrangement. I chose maidenhair fern (generously misted each day) and spirea to keep it all pretty light — along with a few kumquats at the base to anchor it to earth.
The poppies continued to stretch open and were so beautiful for several days after these photos were taken, arguably prettier and punchier! Delighted we are all letting go of the "these don't last" norm that was prevalent for so long. Some varieties are indeed less viable for cuts, but the icelandics, shirlies and peonies — Yes, bring them to the party! If you're growing at home, do water them well a day or two before you plan to snip and bring inside so they are well hydrated from the get go! Singe edges to seal all that moisture inside and you're all set. I think that first round of processing is really the most important. The poppies used in this video came shipped and were well hydrated upon arrival. I snipped, did quick dip and put them in regular water. They were happy for a week and some 10 days and some.
Have a project coming up you're using poppies for? Tell me about it in the comments below! I love following along :)