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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Feed me, Seymour!

Macleaya cordata
Macleaya cordata (Plume Poppy)

I always think the emerging foliage, especially with its purple coloring, seems oddly reminiscent of the Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors. At the very least, it's surely the product of some sort of inter-planetary breeding, right? Just to be safe, let's keep our distance.

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  1. I have not seen that plant in years....actually forgot all about it. They are quite cool.

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  2. Hi Scott,

    Feed me all night long!!! :D

    Very Audrey IIesque heehee

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  3. I can't wait for your coffee table book of plant photography to come out.

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    1. Hahahahaha...wouldn't that be fabulous!

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  4. Plume poppies have lovely leaves but grow so big!

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    1. Oh yes they do! I'm hoping my do better this year...they seemed to really struggle last year...didn't even get over 2' tall :-(

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  5. Nothing like fresh new foliage. But watch out for this one. It will take over the garden if you let it.

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    1. Oh yes...I'm super-cautious with thugs like this...it's in a metal stock tank...and there it will stay!

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  6. Love these fresh new shoots coming out of the earth. It's part of what makes me endure winter. The possibility of growth, new life, perhaps a seedling. It's all so "Project Genesis," like in Start Trek. Nice photo.

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    1. I'm so with you...that's what keeps me going! You get extra bonus points for a Star Trek reference ;-)

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  7. Just saw a thing on the guy who did the 'Little Shop of Horrors' as a B movie. Love new growth emerging.

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  8. Don't you just love to see that new growth. I have never heard of plume poppy. Must look up and see what it is.

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    1. I do indeed! I think it would probably do well for you...it's pretty tought :-) Beware though, it can be a bit of a thug...spreads quite a bit.

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  9. Seriously? How is you garden so far ahead of mine?.. My Plume poppies are no where to be seen yet!

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    1. I was wondering how yours were doing, Loree. I'm pretty surprised they are up this early. Then again, the weather is so weird this year...these are months early...yet other things that would normally be up by now are nowhere to be seen...so weird.

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  10. The new growth is very pretty. Actually reminds me some of the Heucheras.

    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. It's super-pretty...I kind of wish it stayed that color all year (ahem...breeders)!

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  11. You had me looking on youtube for this Audrey... At the beginning I thought: "was it breakfast at Tiffany's? I don't remember Audrey Hepburn saying 'feed me'" then I remembered that plant... Me and my sister still says 'feed me' that way to each other when we are hungry...
    I guess my macleaya is still asleep... must go and have a look...

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    1. Hahahahahaha...I love it! I remember when we saw the movie as kids, my sisters and I would sing the songs constantly...much to our parents' chagrin ;-)

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  12. I don't know plume poppy, either, but the new foliage is beautiful!

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    1. It's one of those plants you really don't see for sale often, even around here, so I was sure to grab one when I saw it for sale a few years ago ;-)

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  13. Just keep an eye on your fingers, that's how they get you!

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  14. I'm relieved to know I'm not the only one who hears their garden speak to them. ;)

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    1. Not at all...although I think it me talking to the plants that really scares the neighbors ;-)

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  15. Some of them really do~I've noticed this look with hellebores. gail

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    1. Totally...they really do look alien! So do Dicentra and Rheum a lot of times...crazy and awesome!

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  16. Plume Poppy is scary even if it didn't resemble Audrey II, with its agenda of world domination.

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    1. OMG...so true...I have mine in a metal stock tank to control it's menace!

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  17. It's also so amazing that this small shoot will grow into an enormous plant! Christina

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    1. Isn't it crazy...I'm always amazed by that too!

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  18. Mine are still sleeping, but when they wake I know they will grow like Audrey.

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    1. Hahaha...yes they will...and watch out!

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  19. LOL! Man eating plants you have there Scott. It is so wonderful to see things starting to grow again.

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    1. OMG...so good to have the garden springing up around me...love it!

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  20. I need to go see if mine are coming up.

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