Poppy Day

Mark your calendar for April 6th, Noon time

Lets celebrate the official state flower on California Poppy day. Spend your lunch hour with the High Country Conservancy  as we tend to the poppy field at Minor Park, Anza. Bring a weed remover tool and a bag to collect the weeds in.

If you have any question email info@thccanza.org or call Annika at 951-234-1314

Poppies in the park

The California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) is expected to reward the  Anza community visiting Minor Park  from late spring through summer with a spectacular display of long-lasting color.  The native seed was planted on the east side of the School house last fall and is expected to be a beautiful addition to the park.  The California poppy is the official state flower of California.  This bright native perennial was chosen for the public park setting based on its easy going, drought-tolerant nature, fern-like foliage and lively orange flowers and is expected to show its majestic beauty each spring.   Technically it is a perennial but is often grown as an annual.  It is easy to grow and requires minimal care such as removing the spent blossoms to extend the flowering season, making sure to leave some faded flowers on the plants, especially later in the year, as poppies are self-seeding year to year.  Poppies do make excellent cut flowers in arrangements.  For long-lasting blooms for cut flowers, snip stems and then seal the end using a lighter or match before putting them in an arrangement. Seed saving is extremely easy as well. When the blooms fade a long narrow seedpod develops.  Once the seedpod turns brown, simply cut off and allow to completely dry before cracking open and removing the hundreds of small seeds. Store seeds in a cool and dry space. Sow the seeds in the fall or early spring. Seeds will germinate in 10-15 days.