The Lupine seed is ready for harvest.
As the pods dry they "pop" open and the seed flies. I brought them in and placed a towel over the basket. After they are finished drying I will remove the seed and place it in an envelope. Ready for winter sowing in January.
Some of the Oriental Poppy pods are ready.
I watch for when the crown pops up and the holes open for the seed to come out. This one is almost ready. Maybe tomorrow.
I shake the seeds out, like a salt shaker.
I want these seed for winter sowing and if I have enough, for Poppy Seed Cakes.
After shaking as many seeds as I could out of the pods I transferred the seed and the pods to a pretty bowl to finish drying inside. More seed could still come out so I will store them upside down, in the china cabinet for a few days. It is cool and dry in there.
The Flanders Field poppies are ready too.
These are annuals that self seed. I would rather they not!
I cut these just a wee bit early. I want a few seed to winter sow for next year and the pods for decorating. Poppies need a cold period to germinate, that is called stratification. I could sow seed in October for next Spring's germination but by using the winter sowing technique I can plant where I want them. The seed shakes out like the larger poppies.
Getting the poppy plants cleaned up is a messy job. Best done outside. When the sun took over my work spot I came in. I can finish later when the fireflies come out and the evening bird songs are my music.