Beauty of Livermere Oriental Poppy

Beauty of Livermere Oriental Poppy

Rich, Scarlet Flowers Provide Cheer in Spring and Summer!

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This Oriental Poppy can carry your garden from late spring into early summer! Beauty of Livermore features an intensely colorful, large flower, the perfect cut-flower as well as a garden standout.

Beauty of Livermere provides a large flower, 4 to 6 inches across, with crepe-paper like petals of pure scarlet-red surrounding a huge, dark purple to black center. The blooms arise on tall and slender but strong stems, reaching 30 inches high. They last for several weeks then go dormant for summer. A fine plant for cool-summer climates, it tends to bloom earlier for a shorter duration farther south.

Named for a village in Suffolk, England, Beauty of Livermere is floriferous, often self-seeding where it is content. It needs nothing beyond very good soil drainage and plenty of sunshine to flower season after season, with gray-green foliage on plants reaching just 18 to 24 inches wide. Best dotted rather than massed, Oriental Poppies are spectacular cut-flowers.

This magnificent red poppy came to prominence in 1920 as the symbol of World War I fallen soldiers, sparked by the hugely popular poem "In Flanders Field," which begins: "In Flanders field, the poppies blow / Between the crosses, row on row." For many years, paper poppies were worn on lapels on Veterans' Day. A symbol of many war-related charities in the United Kingdom, red poppy has also joined white poppy as a symbol of peace. Zones 3-7.

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Which plants should I grow to repel rabbits and deer?

Planting garlic, onions, chives, lavender, rosemary, and sage around rabbit-susceptible plants will repel rabbits. Deer repellent plants include: lavender, onion, catnip, sage, chives, garlic, spearmint, and thyme. Be sure to strategically place these repellent plants around and in between rabbit and deer-susceptible plants. Also, place some along the property line and especially at key points the rabbits and deer are using as entryways, which can even deter them from coming onto your property.

Which of your plants offered are deer resistant?

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