These are some of my favorite flowers. They come out early in the spring and, as long as I keep picking them, last for months. Toward the end of summer I let them go to seed and hope I’ll get more plants the next year. Sometimes I am lucky, sometimes not. Fortunately the stores sell starter plants as well as packets of seed.
They last two to four days indoors and cheer me up immensely. Even indoors, they open when the sun rises and close when it sets. I’m not quite sure why some plants do this but, closed up, they are still beautiful. If I put them on my computer desk I smile at them all day long.
California poppies are bright orange in the wild, but they have been bred for many different colors. Lovely pale yellow, lemon yellow with orange markings, even red. But for me, the original ones are best.