I think I have a problem. I love my garden, but I love poppies even more. So, in my raised beds meant to grow vegetables, most poppies popping up are allowed to stay.
especially when the whole family of puritans lies down in submission.
Here is my confession:
A few years ago, when I was sitting in the truck one day waiting for the Captain to do some business in a shop, I noticed some pretty poppies in a flowerbox under the store window. Some of them had gone to seed, so I snapped off a couple of the seed pods and put them in my pocket. I felt a stab of guilt, but the seeds would have fallen, mostly on the driveway, and been lost anyway.
I planted those seeds at home and here is one of the progeny of the flowerbox poppies. The wild hairdo is unmistakable.
But wait! The story isn’t over.
In the grocery store one day, I saw the lady who owned the shop with the flowerbox window. She’s a lovely lady in her 80s, and I felt a twinge of guilt about having snapped up some of her poppy seeds. I approached her and told her that I had admired her poppies by her shop window last year.
“Oh you can take some of the seeds, if you like. Help yourself!” she said.
My face went a deeper shade of red as I cleared my throat. “Well, that’s just it. I did … last year … and the babies are growing in my yard right now. I just wanted to thank you and tell you how much they mean to me.”
“You’re very welcome,” she said. “They’re nice aren’t they? Take all the seeds you want.”
The lady has since retired and the flowerbox is neglected, but I always think of her when her pink poppies with the wild hairdo bloom.