Bibliography 3

3. How to garden with poppies & their role in the slow flower movement:

  • The Seasonal Gardener: Creative Planting Combinations, Anna Pavord, Phaidon Press Limited, 2022. Written by British gardener Anna Pavord, author of The Tulip (1999 and 2019) and columnist for the Sunday Times and an Associate Editor of Gardens Illustrated.  Pavord grows poppies at her home in West Dorset and suggests a number of ways to include oriental, opium and corn poppies in appealing combinations with other plants.
  • Gertrude Jekyll: Essays on the Life of a Working Amateur, Michael Tooley and Primrose Arnander, editors, Michaelmas Books, 1995. A series of essays about renowned gardener, artist and writer Gertrude Jekyll, includes a chapter about plants selected and bred by Jekyll, including the ‘Munstead Poppy.’ Jekyll loved Iceland poppies and was considered the expert at growing the plant and using it in a garden setting, using them in large beds as a chief feature in her own garden.  In England, the Iceland poppy produces blooms from May to September.  She also grew an opium poppy called ‘Munsted Cream Pink’ and Shirley poppies, an improved selection of the common field poppy.
  • Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farm, Debra Prinzing, St. Lynn’s Press, 2013.  Prinzing is the founder of the Slow Flower movement in the US, an effort to connect American flower farmers with local florists and to encourage consumers to favor locally grown, sustainable, and seasonal blooms.  In this book, which features Iceland poppies on pages 36 and 37, she tells readers about the plant materials she uses and gives “recipes” for her bouquets. Prinzing also includes a chapter on “earth friendly” floral arranging techniques and a great list of resources.