Well I’m embarrassed! Yesterday I posted a photo thinking it was a carrot about to bloom. Imagine my surprise today to find this beautiful California poppy flowering away in the sun.
For starters, I’ve never planted poppies. It’s our state flower and we’re not supposed to pick them. I worried that if I planted poppies I would be tempted to snip a few blooms to bring indoors. I’m no law-breaker!
We planted carrot seeds last summer. That they never grew is irrelevant. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that nature has her own schedule. When the foliage first appeared at the soil line, I dug down with a finger and discovered an orange-colored root. I was sure it was a carrot. I looked up “carrot foliage” today and it does resemble our fair flower.
It’s not that I’m disappointed to have our beautiful state flower in bloom, but that I was so convinced it was otherwise. I snapped a few photos late in the day, but the skies were clouding over so the lovely bloom was already closing up shop.
Never a dull moment in the garden.
In my case I planted seeds of california poppy- only carrots came out. Since then I prefer to buy grown plants for my garden 😉
What a great story! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one confused by these masquerading plants.