1442. Through the dancing poppies stole A breeze, most softly lulling to my soul. ~John Keats

That we find a crystal or a poppy beautiful
means that we are less alone,
that we are more deeply inserted into existence
than the course of a single life
would lead us to believe.
~John Berger

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Years ago when I first began gardening, should anyone ask me what my favorite flower was, my reply as always was the rose. And I still adore them, but that was before I had seen a poppy or a morning glory nor clematis nor hollyhock nor lilies and on and only the list grows. Now I can honestly say it’s a toss up. It really depends on what’s blooming at the time. I would never have come to have grown either poppies or morning glories had I not seen them at a plant sale on a driveway in a neighborhood not too far from mine. I instantly fell in love with both of them. The owner of the house who was having the plant sale told me that morning glory seeds were easy to start, the trick was to soak them in what began as tepid water for 24 hours before I sewed them in the ground in spring. But she said, the poppy seeds must be sown in our area in the fall in order for them to germinate and grow roots deep enough to put up their tall stems and glorious flowers. (In colder climes with much later warm-ups, sowing them in autumn is not the thing to do.) So that summer I had my first crop of morning glories and the following autumn I sowed my first seeds for the poppies which bloomed the following spring. Since then it has been a love affair I never tire of. Why all of this now, you might ask, since it’s not spring yet and autumn has long since past. Well I hadn’t been outside in my yard lately, but today when I opened the back door to feed the cats, I saw poppy plants about 6 inches tall already, and of usual childhood squeals of joy arose from deep down inside and became air borne. I was a bit late sowing poppy seeds this last autumn and was fearful that perhaps I wouldn’t have any this year, but one of the things about seeds that I absolutely adore is that often all on their own they fall from a spent flower and lie in wait for the proper time to germinate and spring up anew with no help from human hands. So I went back into my photo archives and found some poppy and morning glory photos to dazzle you with this week. Why the heck not? I can as easily put a quote on a few of my favorite things as I can on ones I find on Pinterest and Pixabay, right?! Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with string, these are a few of my…

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin…” ~Matthew 6:28 ✝

**Poppy photo taken by Natalie in her yard

16 thoughts on “1442. Through the dancing poppies stole A breeze, most softly lulling to my soul. ~John Keats

  1. I would bet that “favorite” is probably a seasonal answer—I know it is for me…
    I hope to have more time maybe this year for the yard…and flowers…cultivating…growing
    and discovering…we shall see—but until then, I’ll yield to your lovelies!!!!

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  2. Your photo is extraordinary, Natalie! Soo beautiful! I’m rather partial to poppies, myself, having grown up in Southern California! Sigh… now, here on the east coast in mid-winter, I am longing for Spring! Beautiful, beautiful post! Thank you! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Interesting Lynn! Where in Southern CA? I was born in LA and my family didn’t move here until I was 13. And I’ve missed it so much ever since. We lived in Belmont Shores only a have a block from the ocean! 😊❤️

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  3. I love poppies, Natalie. I think there is some synchronicity going on here! Tomorrow I have a post scheduled with red poppies growing on the side walk. The picture was taken in November, but I’m so captivated by their vibrancy…..and they exude love, so it’s a post for Valentine’s day. Love and hugs xoxoxo

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  4. My favorite flowers at this moment are all the little shoots that are an inch or two tall in their pots as they start getting ready for Spring planting. They each only have two leaves, but every day I tell them, “Those are GREAT leaves.” Lol.

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