So I dug out and removed as much dirt from around the tainted area as I could and replaced it with potting soil. Then, for insurance, I dumped a bunch of cayenne pepper on top. It appeared the preventative measures worked,
but I still had to wait another whole summer and winter
before there were promises of blossoms.
The first flashy flower almost exploded when it finally decided to open.
By noon it was starting to look a little like a floozy on her way home from a gig.
Papaver somniferum or opium poppy. As much as I appreciated the morphine I got while recovering from surgery, I'd sure hate to be arrested for growing a controlled substance.
On a totally unrelated subject. I ran across a video on the internet that claimed Mountain Dew could be made to glow in the dark by mixing it with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. It looked like a really cool trick.
But I did a little more checking. Snopes says it is a total scam. So don't waste a good soft drink trying to turn it into a giant glow stick.