Poppies, My Pretties!
Poppies, Anenomies & Ranunculus: "And now, my beauties, something with poison in it, I think...but attractive to the eye, & soothing to the smell. Poppies… Poppies." ~Wicked Witch of the West (Wizard of Oz, 1939) “Through the dancing poppies stole a breeze most softly lulling to my soul.” ~John Keats (1795-1821) English Romantic poet. "Whose young & half transparent leaves scarce cast a shade, gray circles of anemones danced on their stalks." ~William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878) American poet.
Which explains how the curious phenomenon whereby valuable elements may be easier to experience in art and in anticipation than in reality. The anticipatory and artistic imaginations omit and compress; they cut away the periods of boredom and direct our attention to critical moments, and thus, without either lying or embellishing, they lend to life a vividness and a coherence that it may lack in the distracting wooliness of the present.” ― Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel
Poppy, Lilac Pom Pom - Frilly Lilac Lavender Beauty.
Pierre Auguste Renoir - Anemones (1885) at the Barnes Foundation Philadelphia PA
Shirley Poppies - In the fall, after clearing beds of fallen leaves,sow these extravagantly (maybe add in a little larkspur) These seeds germinate in late winter, grow rapidly in the warmth of spring and produce unexpectedly showy flowers in May and June.