When I designed
And maintained gardens
For other people,
I had a friend with a sandy spot.
We planted purple larkspur
And red poppies.
I have repeated that combination
In my current garden.
They are the star of my late May
And early June garden.
When they finish blooming
This pattern has repeated itself
Each year in this garden.
One day I was walking the neighborhood
And saw a PURPLE poppy.
The generous neighbor gave me seeds
Then I ordered a few more packets of
Lauren’s Grape poppy.
For the first time
I have PURPLE poppies.
They are divine.
Now I’m trying my best
To keep the red ones in the “red bed”
And creating an area just for the purple ones.
I know…I know
It’s an attempt to manipulate nature.
Not a smart idea.
After all birds and winds and who knows what else
Move these tiny seeds around the garden.
The organizer in me just has to give this a try.
I’m marking the color of wayward plants
With pink tape
Hoping to get them back into their assigned seat.
If Mother Nature will indulge me
This one tiny bit of control.
I promise after this