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Poop Alley Poppies


Poppy love

This is a story of how we turned our weedy strip next to the driveway we call “Poop Alley” in to a flowery fun place for super cheap.

In the beginning: March 3rd, 2014

Sometime back in February Matti pulled out all the huge weeds growing next to our driveway (we don’t use this part to park) and gave the ground a good hoeing. That’s when my seed insanity began. I planted a jumbo bag of Baby Blue Eyes, a bunch of CA poppies, Nasturtiums, Clarkia, Cerinthe, Nigella and a Papaver I’m thinking is rhoeas. I also stuffed some random succulents in.

Starting to fill in: April 6th, 2014

In a short time things started to fill in and I shoved in some more free plants we got at a local plant exchange and a few from the free pile at Flora Grubb.

Baby Blue Eyes in action: April 28th, 2014

Fast forward a few weeks and the Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii) started to rock.  I wish I would have seeded some Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa).

May 12th, 2014

It’s still kicking with almost no water. I throw a little on it once a week. The best part is that pretty much everything I seeded will reseed again next year to do it all again. I’m still waiting on the Nigella and Clarkia flowers to happen. They might have been eaten by the poppies. We knew our landlord would be returning to our house to retire when we moved in, so I looked for quick super cheap ways to make the garden spaces better.

May 12th, 2014

The view from my office. I work out of our garage and get to watch my flowers through the front doors every day. You can see the spot where Max actually poops down by the garbage cans. He pees on a little crack on the other side of the driveway. He’s been living with us long enough to know where to go potty with out making me mad.

Gratuitous close ups

LOVE this super little flowered red dude!

Gratuitous close up

I planted Renee’s Copper Pot and Tropical Sunset Mix of California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) for a little bit of everything, but I’m a sucker for deep orange flowers.

Gratuitous close ups

Cerinthe and friends

Max enjoying his alley, May 22nd 2014

We’ll miss you poop alley!

ps: We’re signing a lease this afternoon. More details to come soon and a big shout out to everyone who kept an eye out for a place for us.


  1. I have a similar idea for a space at the beginning of my street, a corner of an intersection. I hate the weeds and the city is not taking care of it. I am tempted to do a “guerilla” gardening stint and spread some seeds like you did. It looks amazing! And the red ca poppy is so happy looking and cheery.

    Congrats on the new lease. I hope it has a great garden you can enjoy.

    • Do it next winter! I think I may have failed to mention all the weeding I had to do the first few weeks, but it’s totally worth it. I really enjoy pulling weeds.

  2. Love the color. Great idea more people plant these lonely little spots and wake them up! So glad you are moving back!

  3. The joys of California gardening! I have a single poppy blooming in a patch of milkweed and a few more making an effort in assorted pots. I have to sow mine in the fall to have any action come spring. But your alley garden is fabulous! LOVE IT!! Smart move! :o)

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