The first poppy of the season!
I sowed these red Oriental poppies in place in the bed under cloches my very first spring here in our new house in Washington. Of course, that first year they were just foliage. Last year we got flowers, but this year it looks like there are lots more! They are doing great!
I remember last year the anticipation of the first poppy flower opening was excruciating. I seemed to be waiting forever, and the first one didn't open until Memorial Day. Today we had sun and warmth, and on my walk around the garden I was so surprised to see this bright pop of color. I know they don't last long, but there are so many buds, I don't mind.
I love poppies!