Discover the Beauty of Snow Planting Poppies in MY FRENCH FARMHOUSE GARDEN | When to Plant Poppies

Jan 15, 2024 | On Gardening | 3 comments

The last year has been a fabulous year of adjustment. You’ll never hear me complain about Paris, but the fact of the matter is I have HUGE gardens (and shocker – I’m only one woman) and taking off for my Paris tour trips in April (SMACK in the middle of planting) and October (SMACK in the middle of garden clean up and prepping for next year) has me still needing to get into a new groove.

Timing is everything.

This year I lost some of my veg harvest simply because I didn’t time my work well enough and of course, once I returned home from Paris, Holiday prep kicked right in and I never got back outside to finish shaping my lavender or to plant my poppies. And by plant, I mean the simple, pleasurable act of scattering the seeds.

Until about ten days ago we were blessed with an unbelievably mind winter, so the lavender has been at little risk and the poppy seeds sat patiently in a ball jar in the cabinet. But one day last week the forecast came in and it threatened that all hell was about to break loose here on the Great Lakes so I made space in my work week to get some windows washed, scatter the poppy seeds, and then cover the lavender.


I’m glad I did. Between power outages, raging winds, and a foot of snow we’ve been hunkered indoors ever since, but the gardener in me can sleep well knowing that this summer will bring a bounty of lavender and a riot of color in literally thousands of pink cabbage poppies.

Poppies are the gift that keeps on giving. They fill in the space between my lavender plants as they thicken out as the summer progresses. And they GLOW! The sun hits the crepe paper petals in a different way than it does any other flower in my garden and sometimes they look illuminated from within. Once the flower has gone over I’m left with the gorgeous, dusty seed head and its structure. Darned if I don’t love the structure of those seed heads. Not to mention each one is filled with HUNDREDS of poppy seeds.

In today’s video, I’m sharing these moments with you. And I’m also sharing a little garden shed that we put up late last summer. One of those “easy to build kind”.

Easy my foot.

But we did it, and now I have a place for all my stuff while I wait for us to build my big, dream greenhouse. Since I’m me, I wasn’t content with a gravel or dirt floor. In this video, I’ll also take you to the hardware store for some concrete squares and paint for a floor that looks charming when the doors of the shed are left open. I figured I’d be in and out of it all summer and the door would end up staying open all summer – I might as well make it look pleasing:)

In putting this video together for you I got to escape the cold and go back to the verdant summer and I’ll confess, it was so enjoyable to tell this story; from winter shed, to summer shed construction, to beautiful, peaceful moments in a garden blue with snow and dusk. Of course, I saved a visual feast for the end, lest I forget what this tundra looks like the other half of the year.


And have a lovely week.


  1. joann baumann

    I have tried the snow planting of poppies and it works! I also plant them next to my lavender. This past year I planted white lavender. I did not know it came in white and pinks also. The white is very fragrant.

  2. Heather Anne

    Do you have a recommended source for poppy seeds? Are those also known as ‘breadseed poppies’? I grew a pretty salmon pink frizzle poppy last year and now I’m hooked!!! I saved some seed but lost the majority to a hungry mouse … so sad! Thanks for sharing your lovely gardening adventures!

  3. Lonnie Przybysz

    I was happy to see that you can still plant poppy seeds. I bought several packs of gorgeous poppy flower seeds from Bakers Creek Heirloom seeds last year, but never got a chance to plant them. I thought I had missed the time to plant them again, until I saw your video. But I do have a question, can you still just scatter the seeds on the ground if you don’t have snow on the ground? And do I need to prepare a bed for the seeds? I have never grown poppies before, but I have longed to grow them for years. I think they are the most beautiful flowers. We recently moved into a two story cabin in the middle of the forest in rural Georgia surrounded by a forest of trees. The only place I have that gets sun is in the yard around the cabin, but it is covered in grass. Do I need to dig up the grass and prepare a bed to scatter the poppy seeds in? We just moved here in October, so I still have no idea how much the tree leaves will block the sun in the yard in the Summer. Would I be safer planting the poppies in large pots? And do I need to be concerned about the birds eating the seeds? I apologize for asking so many questions, I just got so excited when I saw your video and found out it was not too late to plant poppies. I enjoyed your video, the area you live in is exceptionally beautiful. I especially loved the beautiful salmon pink and purple colors of your poppies, what a beautiful color combination. Thank you so much for your help Angela.


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