I planted one poppy plant a few years ago
and now I have a family of poppies.
They are crowded together and fighting for space.
I have pulled out the volunteers that are encroaching on
invading on the territory of plants
that are in the vicinity.
While they are blooming they are beautiful and make quite a nice display.
after the blooms fade and the petals drop
the greenery turns a sad shade of brown
and I yank them out
year after year
they come back and announce their resilience
Mother Nature has her own ideas about what grows and where
and I have learned not to fight with her!
Foxgloves are another example of volunteers
they come back yearly with vigor
and the fact that they are considered to be biennials
this is somewhat amusing!
They stand tall like decorated soldiers for several months
until they flop over and decay
rather than see their wilted stems slumbering on the soil
I shake the seeds out of the pods and scatter them
wherever I want a new forest of foxgloves.
Have you seen an flower fairies in your garden?
when I was young I had a book about flower fairies...
illustrated in colour by Cicely Mary Barker
of fairies wearing flowers!
the book was one of my favourites
the spine shows it's age
Meet the Poppy Fairy
It was a gift from my grandmother
a woman of great importance in my life
a wonderful role model
a woman of high moral standards
whose life was rich and full
she had her share of sadness
she was a busy gal on the domestic scene
when I stayed with her she wrapped an apron around me
and I "helped" with her daily chores
she made me feel very grown up
and never minded about any mess that I made!
I have so many sweet memories of my grandmother that I hold close to my heart.
I miss her and think of her often.
There is a foxglove fairy too but she is not in my book...
Fairies and Grannies added much richness to my childhood
what or whom do you remember that made an impact on shaping the person that you are today?