This is Wild

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.


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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4 Responses to This is Wild

  1. cj wright says:

    Wow! That was nice of the neighbors. Enjoy the view!


    • dirtynailz says:

      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.


  2. Beep Pocock says:

    You have a great blog here. And have added it to my favorites. Do you ever want guest articles? I have a gardening website here in the UK and wonder if you would consider a guest post.? You can email me and maybe we could discuse this.


    Beep Pocock


    • dirtynailz says:

      Thanks for checking us out. I will email you re a guest post, and in the meantime, I have added you to our blogroll.


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