November 11, 2009 at 11:50 pm 8 comments

red poppy 18-9-09poppyPoppy_orange wispyThe poppies that appear each year at the plot have sown and grown themselves.  They’re a welcome reminder that nature does  some of her best work when left alone.  It reminds me of one of my favourite poems, Woman with flower, by Naomi Long Madgett.

”I wouldn’t coax the plant if I were you.
Such watchful nurturing would do harm.
Let the soil rest from so much digging
And wait until it’s dry before you water it.
The leaf’s inclined to find its own direction;
Give it a chance to seek sunlight for itself.

Much growth is stunted by careful prodding,
Too eager tenderness.
The things we love we have to learn to leave alone.

Poppy_lilac close upPoppy_lilac flower headsPoppy_red bushy

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  • 1. Johanna  |  November 12, 2009 at 12:26 am

    lovely poem but you remind me I must water the garden because it has just been one hot day after another – sigh – love your flowers

  • 2. Ann  |  November 12, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Gorgeous flowers Nic, that mauve one is beautiful. And that is a very apt poem too. I think seeing a field full of red poppies is breathtaking.

    Re your previous post and bamboo, I had a fab bamboo stand then it flowered and died!!! It was expensive too! Love your friends garden and his tea collection.

  • 3. Latane  |  November 12, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Beautiful photographs…. beautiful flowers. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us.

  • 4. Kirsten  |  November 12, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    WOW! Gorgeous flowers! I love “volunteer” flowers in the garden! Such fun.

  • 5. miss m  |  November 12, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Your poppies are absolutely magnificent Nic ! Ain’t nature wonderful. 🙂

  • 6. Nip it in the bud  |  November 13, 2009 at 10:58 am

    I’m glad you all liked them and thanks for sharing your delight.

    Johanna – want to swap some of your heat for our rain?

    Ann – bamboo grows quite easily apparently, Jon assures me I can just get some and stick it in the ground! You often find stems in floral bouquets now or can pick them up for £1 from a market stall

    Latane – don’t mention it :o) glad you like them

    Kirsten – ‘volunteer’ I like that, sounds more charming than ‘squatters’

    Miss M – ain’t it just :o)

  • 7. Chiot's Run  |  September 13, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Those purple poppies are quite lovely! I don’t have any poppies growing in my gardens. And that pink one looks almost like a peony!


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