|A Common red Poppy growing wild.|
This blog has a lot on trees but I have not spoken much on flowers. With Saint Valentine's day close at hand this is a good time of the year to think and talk about them. I love them just as much as I love trees, bushes and creepers. Although I love numerous different types of flowers found on our planet a few are my favorites. Two of them that perhaps give me the greatest of happiness are the poppy and the cosmos (not the yellow and orange variety though). I do admire elegant flowers like orchids, roses, tulips and some Lillis that I do not know the name of but these latter are like queens and princesses of the flower world that one may admire greatly and appreciate their beauty from a distance but never come to love from the bottom of the heart. It is flowers like the cosmos and poppy that are like commoners whom one can relate to more closely and love a few from amongst them deeply. Of the two pictures here the one on cosmos has been taken from wikipedia and the other is a snapshot of a wild corner of my garden where some poppies have come up. The cosmos is a tall plant whereas the poppy is a short one and in a mixed flower bed it is possible to plant the poppies at front and the cosmos at the back. Both come in a variety of wonderful shades with a lovely fern like foliage to match. The foliage of the common poppy is as pedestrian like as the dandelion but some varieties of it like the opium poppy carry enough punch to intoxicate a person out of this world, something a rose or orchid can perhaps never do.
Wikipedia photo of cosmos from outside a Japanese home http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmos_%28flower%29