Friday, March 19, 2010

Flower Education

California Poppies aren't our state flower just because they are beautiful. They are great role models..
Poppies are pleasant company. They don't complain about current conditions. They understand their calling- to bring joy. Whatever comes their way, they deal as best they can without complaint.

Poppies are self- starters. They don't wait for instructions to do what needs to be done. While they are independent, they cheerfully accept a helping hand.

1776.45 acres of the California Poppy are in bloom up the hill at the California Poppy Reserve in Antelope Valley. If you've never been- all the information you will need before heading up the hill can be found at . Have FUN!

Images by Gene Sasse. Used with permission.


  1. Beautiful photos, Lydia!

    I did have to chuckle tho! You didn't state the obvious of what I think each time I see or hear the word "Poppy". Opium. That's what comes to mind for me. To be fair, it's not only a beautiful flower but does bring temporary joy to some! :):)

    Hugs, Trisha

  2. 'morning Trisha- I'm chuckling, too. There are lots of kinds of poppies- opium poppies are a different kind- and color. Maybe I'll do a post on the varieties soon. Or maybe we can just keep it a secret- and push for a referendum to grow- your- own California poppies for medical reasons. The placebo effect would do wonders.

  3. Great photos. Love poppies and, in fact, I have a bunch of "California Poppies" growing right here in my yard in Southern Oregon! Ya think they followed me here? When they decide to 'show' I'll take pictures!
    Oregon Sue

  4. Dear Sue- I would LOVE to see the poppies that crossed the border!

  5. I think the Californian poppy is a beautiful flower reagrdless of whether you cut it and put it in water or snort it!!:)
    Indi x


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