The Oriental poppy, Papaver orientale 'Coral Reef', grown from Thompson & Morgan seed, is flowering now at the North End, with big beautiful bristly buds opening into great glamorous satin-petalled, soft-pink flowers. Oriental poppies are tough persistent perennials, easily grown from seed they will flower in only a year. Growing through the cooler months to flower in early summer, once established they are pretty much drought-proof, though if the summer is very dry they will go dormant and collapse in a messy heap after flowering, waiting until the first rains of autumn get growing again. In flower for only a few weeks, there are still plenty of buds to open. Enjoy.