I love the Oriental poppies in my June garden. I never planted them, they must have seeded themselves in from somewhere. I sometimes pull them up if they germinate somewhere inconvenient – but usually I don’t have the heart.
I love the way the seed heads can be seen growing inside the flower.
The choice between the two methods below depends on how tidy you like your garden!
As far as I’m concerned, these are free dried flowers! I pick the seed heads and hang them up to dry in my kitchen. I have tied the stems with an elastic band so that as they shrink they won’t fall out. They should be dry in about two weeks.
The flowers in the image below were left to dry naturally, and they seem so much more robust than the ones dried inside.
So I would recommend leaving your seed heads to dry outside if you can, but if you like a tidy garden or can’t wait until the end of summer, bring them in.