The closest stop sign is over a mile away and the first traffic light is 5+ miles down the road. A visit to the grocery store is almost 30 miles round trip. It's quiet here; just the sound of toads and coyotes at night. It seems very still, but when you look close there's always something happening. Read on about a few things we've noticed over the past few years.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

April 6th is California Poppy Day

Springtime is for poppies
The poppy is the official state flower and was selected back in 1890.  The California poppy grows hardily in grassy and open areas from sea level to 6,500 feet altitude in the western US.   In addition to being planted for horticulture, revegetation, and highway beautification, it often colonizes along roadsides and other disturbed areas. It is drought-tolerant, self-seeding, and easy to grow in gardens.   The petals close at night or in cold, windy weather and open again the following morning, although they may remain closed in cloudy weather.  It's is a perennial and annual plant.

All the orange you see on this hill are poppy patches. 
A beautiful sight to wake up to on a spring morning.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds serene and natural. The up close photo of the poppies is pretty. I'm learning to draw them in art class. I'll have to visit you again soon, and draw from the actual, live model itself.