The Confession

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.

I’ve had to remove a few of the common red ones that want to take over the whole yard, but when I come to a pure white one, I just can’t yank it out. It would be sacrilege,

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.

34 thoughts on “The Confession

  1. Debra

    I’ve had a bumper crop of the yellow/orange California poppies, but I haven’t experienced these beautiful colors and varieties that you show here! I think it may be just as rewarding to enjoy these blooms as the vegetables they crowd out! What a nice story, to hear that this generous woman was glad to share with you. ๐Ÿ™‚ They really are special!

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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      Oh, you just reminded me – I do have some California poppies (just a few) and I forgot to post a picture of them. I hope their feelings won’t be hurt that I’ve overlooked them.

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  2. Juanita Kelly

    Have you ever grown a blue one? I tried one once but it died. As I recall it was an expensive plant too. Much better to steal (I mean rescue) seeds when you find them!!

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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      Thanks, Belinda. It started off as a little hobby, trying to save seeds of the more unusual poppies, but this year I didn’t plant any of those poppies. They are all volunteers, growing wherever they want and reseeding themselves. Fun to see what colours pop out to surprise me.

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  3. Sonja Forrester

    Anneli, perhaps we should start a support group. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have the same problem. I love your rescue poppy as well as all the others growing in your garden. Your photos are so beautiful!!!

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