One of my favorite plants came with the house. They were planted on the west side of our yard where our neighbor’s tall oaks provided considerable afternoon shade. The plants looked somewhat like dandelions when they first appeared, but luckily something made me hesitate to rip them out. All the plants grew but only one of them managed to find enough sunlight to bloom.
Recognizing that they needed more light, I dug them up the following fall and moved them to a spot that would get more sun. I was delighted when they bloomed the following spring, and I decided to leave them to reseed. The poppies rewarded me that next spring with even more blooms. After a couple of years I had a mass of brilliant orange poppies that any passerby could not help but notice.
But my tendency to rearrange my designs eventually resulted in poppies hitching a ride. I would dig up a plant that wasn’t doing well or that just didn’t seem to work where I’d originally put it. Then I would replant it somewhere else not knowing that a poppy root or seed had come along as well.
Sometimes squirrels move bulbs or seeds in my yard. Sometimes the birds or the wind will deliver something new, but it is I who have unintentionally left poppies everywhere.
Poppies in the front bed…
Poppies in the east bed….
Poppies in front of the trellises along the side of the house….
A poppy blooming proudly behind my knock-out roses….
A poppy beside the gate….
And my favorite one to date…
- Poppy Peak Continues at Antelope Valley-Wildflower Update 5/4/11 (naturalhistorywanderings.com)
- Poppies for Remembrance Day (interflora.co.uk)
- Poppy Days (lagill6.wordpress.com)