Nodding Peach Poppies

Peach poppies twirl in the garden…

Priya Ghose Photography

Nodding Peach Poppies

Ruffled like a twirling dancer’s skirt, the blooms on this California Poppy nod under the weight of their crinkled petals.

I am an avid gardener, cramming precious color, texture, and scent into a small space. I have two small ponds; the koi pond is built on top of half of the cement patio, because who needs a patio when you can have koi and exotic waterlilies occupying the space, right? Things do tend to get a tad crowded due to the space shortage and my continued plant obsession. Plants mingle, intertwine, and sometimes get “eaten” by other, more hardy or vigorous neighbors. Every once in a while, beautiful and unexpected combinations take place all on their own. That is what happened when this charming peach California poppy, Eschscholzia californica ‘Apricot Chiffon’ reseeded and grew next to the fragrant purple Heliotrope I had started from seed several years earlier. I loved…

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