California Poppy Time–in November?
A nice damp night and cool morning let dew sparkles linger in my backyard patch of California native plants.
As I was thinning wildflower seedlings–exuberantly jumping up everywhere after perfect fall rains–I noticed a brand-new California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) sprout still sporting its seed cap.
A little larger plant balanced garden globes on its leaf-tips:
And farther down the path I found one decorated in a completely different way:
Although the main blooming season for California’s state flower is in the spring, these sturdy plants can blossom year ’round here in Southern Cal–and this sunny morning I found exactly one droopy orange flower: