Anthropomorphizing poppies

In my previous post, I mentioned how, every time one of our Iceland poppies blooms, it’s a wonderful surprise, since we don’t yet know which color petals each plant will produce. As the flower develops, it’s protected by two hairy sepals, which normally fall off when the flower blooms. However, a few mornings ago, I was lucky enough to spy a bud immediately after it had opened, with the sepals still stuck onto the outside of the petals. (By noon, the sepals had dropped all the way off.)

Hanging on for dear life.
Well hello there.

You may visualize these sepals either as snazzy sunglasses or as a thermal bra, whichever you prefer.

6 thoughts on “Anthropomorphizing poppies

  1. When Cynthia was on vacation, I was charged with watering her beautiful purple orchid collection. Once, she had an extra or his she too home from a wedding. I followed all her instructions meticulously, and was horrified when the orchid bloomed yellow! I vaguely wondered if I had done something wrong, though I had a sense that probably wasn’t how it worked. I shrugged and went on with the watering.

    We had a good laugh over that one when she got back.

    1. “I vaguely wondered if I had done something wrong, though I had a sense that probably wasn’t how it worked.” — That is hilarious. :) Perhaps you could’ve just attributed it to magical powers or some sort of mutant green thumb?

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