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September 2009

Garden Resident #2: Everblooming Poppies

PoppiesSome of my very favorite plants have hitchhiked into my garden as seeds hidden away in the pots of other adoptees. Such is the case with this clump of graceful, generously-blooming poppies that has pleased my eye daily (especially as I eat dinner as they are in my line of sight from our greenhouse table) for months. I snip off the seedpods, and more hairy little buds are eagerly sent up to open into gloriously bright apricot-colored tissue blossoms.

After I did this drawing, which I've been wanting to do all summer long, I realized that part of the beauty of the poppies can be attributed to the fact that they are always seen against a weathered cedar fence. So, to be thorough about sharing my poppies with you, and doing justice to them, I have taken a photo of them against the fence. While I was doing so, I discovered the reflected evergreen trees in the birdbath. How arty!

(tech notes: for the drawing I used a 000 Rapidograph and Winsor & Newton watercolors on Fabriano hot press paper.)

Poppy and reflection