The Teddington Gardener

California dreaming (no lyrics this time)

The Californian poppy, Eschscholzia, blooming its head off in one of the Alpine Houses at the Royal Horticultural Society gardens at Wisley, Surrey.

I remember that our neighbour (in Olden Times), Mr and Mrs Greenall, grew these very successfully in north London – their garden wrapped around the corner of the road – a closely cut lawn and then a swathe of these silky-petalled orange shockers. If you haven’t ever stopped to touch the petals, please do. Quite addictive.

Mr Greenall I also remember raced motor cars in the Even More Olden Times.

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