I was just about to write this post…with much excitement…when it occurred to me that I may have posted about my poppies before. Sure enough I wrote Garden Delight on June 9th of last year. Well, I said, I don’t care! You can fault me for being repetitive if you like, but come on people! It’s POPPIES! They’re GORGEOUS! I can’t help myself. Every time they arrive I’m amazed and delighted and need to share it!
Interestingly, they’re more than a week earlier this year. Goes to show you how our unseasonably warm temperatures have affected everything this year from allergies, to extreme weather patterns, to an early growing season. Last year I went looking for daffodils at the end of April and had to search high and low for any that had actually bloomed. This year the daffodils were awake in droves by Easter which fell on April 8th!
But back to the poppies, which I’m very fortunate to have. A dear friend of mine, a talented and avid gardener, gave me these poppies from her grandmother’s garden. For a few years they struggled. In fact, I’m not even sure they blossomed the first summer. This year, however, there must be 8 – 10 flower pods per plant! If we’re lucky, we’ll get a week or more of blossoms. They’re in the front garden and I’m so happy to be able to share them with the neighbourhood…as long as no one picks them for themselves. Yesterday I watched a 10 year old girl walk over to one while she was waiting for the bus. When she saw me looking at her, the smile on her face spread from ear to ear. (one of those moments when you wish you had a camera). She was awed by the flower’s massive, orange head. And who wouldn’t be? Aren’t you?
Next, I await the Clematis!