Today some cold winds came to town reminding me that, yes indeed, it is still winter even in Southern California. This set my mind adrift to spring. While looking through my library of images I came across an old friend from a previous garden. I don't know if you've met, but this is Papaver rhoeas 'Red Flanders' also known as the Flanders Poppy. Take a moment and allow its beauty to bathe you in its silky, seductive elegance. I mean, come on, look at what nature has designed. The structures. The colors. It's visually stunning and everyone at some point in their lifetime should have the chance to gaze upon one!
There is something so refined, so naturally awe-inspiring about this flower. That's what led me to casting a bunch of its seeds about some years ago. I just sort of threw them hear and there to see if there would be any success. In Europe, there are verdant hillsides that get covered in sweeps of these poppies every spring. To see them in bloom is an experience. To have them bloom in your own garden is an even better experience. The spring rains come, everything goes green, and then suddenly a riotous explosion of red erupts to announce that spring is in full effect. The flower petals are like silky chiffon, the color so vibrant, and the central black with white markings look as if they've been painted on by the finest brush. Now if you have nowhere to grow poppies look for them at your local flower shop. They make gorgeous cut flowers and definitely make the mood of a spring day. Look for seeds at you local nursery or if you want some starter plants order them online from Annies Annuals. Get some planted for spring and lose yourself in their allure.