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06 June 2019

SURPRISE, SURPRISE

At the end of the growing season last year I changed the layout of part of my garden, the part near the house where I stripped out an overgrown cotoneaster and created a sort of cottage garden strip with pretty flowers that I could look at from the kitchen window. I purchased seeds to get some flowers started but it was a packet of mixed seed that had no names. I was quite taken with the idea of waiting to see what came up when flowering time came. 

I like surprises and couldn't wait for flowers to show but I was unprepared for one that was in bud and ready to burst open. It chose the right time to do it because....... yes, this is the absolute truth, the flower opened on the anniversary of D-Day. A bright RED POPPY, with more buds waiting to open.

Could this be coincidence or were the seeds deliberately on sale for the D-Day anniversary? 

There are twelve buds waiting to burst into life. What a spectacle that will be when I look out of the kitchen window.




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  1. ..."yes, this is the absolute truth, the flower opened on the anniversary of D-Day. A bright RED POPPY, with more buds waiting to open."

    OMG, how FABULOUS is that, Valerie! The timing couldn't be better! And speaking of D-Day, I watched several programs online about this year's anniversary. And I have to say, they all made me cry because the programs were all so touching.

    And I happen to LOVE Poppies! They are such a bright, happy, and gorgeous flower.

    Thanks so much for sharing, dear friend. This post made my heart smile!

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    1. I have to confess to shedding a few tears, Ron. It certainly is an emotional time when we think of those who won the war and those who lost their lives in the attempt.
      The poppy hasn't been joined by others but they look as if they are ready to burst open any minute. What a show that will be.

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  2. What a blooming incredible coincidence. Great photo too.

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    1. Yes, incredible, and not planned either. I have to confess to borrowing the photograph since I can't get mine own onto the blog.

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  3. How amazing to have a red poppy bloom on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. I would definitely call that a miracle.

    The Golden Poppy is the California state flower. When I was a child, poppy seeds were illegal (banned) because they contained opiates. I have no idea what the California laws are now.

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    1. Hi Jon, I remember poppy seeds being banned... I wonder what changed. OR... perhaps they shouldn't have been in my packet of unknown seeds!!

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  4. Coincidence of not, Valerie, it certainly was the right timing on that poppy’s part and looking forward to reading and perhaps seeing future blooms.

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    1. No.1. Poppy is still on it's own, I am waiting impatiently for the others to emerge.

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  5. What a great and lovely surprise, Val. The timing is pretty great as well.

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    1. It was a surprise, Matt, and I still feel emotional that it opened on the celebration of D-Day.

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