Meandering around the backyard, it struck me how fine the California poppies were looking…
I planted some from the nursery and they came in assorted colors. For more than a few years, the native orange color was the only one to reseed. And then this year the blossoms showed up in various shades again. I’m certainly not complaining. Note: the pink one in front is losing its little nightcap.
The Columbines seem to be taking over and morphing, too
The first time seed pods have appeared on the Japanese Maple.
Queen of Night is as close to black as a flower gets, though in fact it is a dark and glossy maroonish purple. Its hue is so dark, however, that it appears to draw more light into itself than it reflects, a kind of floral black hole. In the garden, depending on the the angle of the sun, the blossoms of a Queen of Night may read as positive or negative space, as flowers or shadows of a flower.
― Michael Pollan,