Last summer I had rose moss plants in my mama's old cast iron wash pot. They were way too thick and never bloomed much because of the heat. When fall came, and the plants had died back, there was one little green plant on one side of the pot. Its leaves were different, so I left it, out of curiosity, thinking it might have come from a stray seed and was probably only a weed. It survived the cold, frigid days with no covering and very little water.
As temperatures began warming, the plant began growing, to a height of about twelve inches, and soon there were buds appearing; buds which reminded me of little red poppies I had in my flower beds years ago. Could it be?
This morning, one bud was standing up straight and I could see a tiny bit of red. By 10:00 a.m. the bud had burst forth into bloom, and I was thrilled to see that it is a poppy!
When I grew these before, I purchased the seeds from a company that sells wildflower seeds. and sometimes a free packet would come with a gardening publication advertisement. I think these are sometimes planted along highways so you may have seen them.
So, the mystery is solved; now I'm hoping the other buds will open and I will be able to save some seeds to plant next year. By the way, the chicken wire over the hens and chicks plants, in the first picture is to keep the DOGS from scratching them out.