When Carolee from herbalblessingsblog mentioned back in winter that you could sprinkle poppy seeds on cold frozen ground, I decided to try it. In March, I bought a packet of seeds called Poppy Corn ‘Shirley Single Blend’ and threw them on top of the frozen dirt of a raised bed and waited to see what would happen.
To my amazement, some time in April, they sprouted . . . it seemed like millions of them. Somewhere along the way, I should have thinned them, but I was in awe of these tiny plants growing in the cold spring dirt, and I let them be.
Well, fast forward to late May, and I have hundreds of hairy, thistle-like poppies twisting and turning, dancing to music only they can hear.
Day after day I watched them with their drooping heads, but still dancing.
And then one opened . . . shy at first.
And was she a beauty.
And the next day, another opened.
And another . . .
And pretty soon . . . there was a party going on.
Dancing and twirling, skirts ruffling in the wind.
Some are not so shy . . . throwing off all restraint as they dance.
And some are simply provocative.
And every evening after work, I rush out to see who has come to join the party. Such sweet and simple joy . . . all for $1.79 . . . the price of a pack of seeds.
“Life is good, wild and sweet, let the music play on.” – lyrics from All Night Long