The poppies in the above photo are the first wave of bloom in a new wildflower meadow behind our house. The meadow is part of a very big and fancy house that took three years to complete and annoyed every neighbor in the vicinity, including us.
Last fall, the fancy-pants landscape company came by with a tanker truck and hydroseeded the area. In the spring, a diverse population of seedlings began to emerge from the ground. Then one day, BOOM! All of a sudden there were hundreds of oriental poppies, all of them red. And the butterflies and the birds arrived, too. Just this morning, when the automatic sprinklers started watering, I saw a hummingbird darting around in the spray, having what looked like a most excellent bath – or shower, actually.
People are coming to enjoy the show, too, and they’re bringing their cameras. Most of us have seen wildflower meadows, of course, but this is something special. I am planning to take photos as the summer – and the meadow – progress, and I will post them for your viewing pleasure. Flowers and butterflies and birds beat a boring old lawn, that’s for sure.
Wow! That was nice of the neighbors. Enjoy the view!
Don’t worry, I’ll share it with you in the form of photos!
There was no altruism involved here, believe me. The property owner has received permission to build a huge garage (he already has a 4-car garage) that will block our view. But, until he does, you can bet the neighbors will enjoy his flowers.
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Thanks for checking us out. I will email you re a guest post, and in the meantime, I have added you to our blogroll.