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.