Thursday, July 16, 2009

Summer in technicolor

by June
Poppy Lauren's Grape in the back-porch planter

All winter, I dream about poppies. They are the color of summer beginning. So summer is really just beginning here on the four green acres in often-cloudy Maine. We're still sleeping under our down comforters (really), and though the girls have sustained longer swims in the lake, I have only managed a quick dip. The river has been roaring and frothing all season, which at least makes for pleasant music to fall asleep by, even if it does not make for pleasant floating. We have yet to turn on a fan.

No eggplants yet, only the first blooms. No tomatoes but green beads growing bigger every day. Peas fading to wilt. Even the potatoes are grudging this year.

But the poppies have brought an essential jolt of summer.

A Shirley in her glory

Poppy Imperial Pink up close and...

...from a distance.

These amazed me when they grew as tall as the girls.

Now they look me in the eye.


Dirt Princess said...

The poppies are beautiful

Stephanie said...

So beautiful! Nice poppies. Happy Friday ;-)

Wren said...

Ooo I love these. I keep thinking I want to put some in out by the street. Love how the fence in the first photo looks like a cross in the middle. Wishing you a fantastic weekend!

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

These are so gorgeous. I thought they only bloomed in spring. I think I might have to get some for next year. Happy Friday to you! -Jackie

vuejardin said...

So gorgeous poppies, you can see the tiny bug on the second photo, they are so cute.

ebp said...

Your photography is so spectacular! The poppy imperial pink is such an impressive flower. Wow! I need to figure out how to fit it in my yard.

homehum said...

Beautiful! With all of these gray days this year in New England, when the sun comes out the effect is dazzling isn't it? My petunias leave me breathless. My poor roses sorely missed the sunshine this year.

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Linda said...

How beautiful. I got fed up with my poppies this year, but these might make me think again.

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