The poppies are blooming here in Boulder and I just love them!
They grow wild at trailheads.....
... in Chautauqua meadows....
...and in neighborhood yards.
....while others stand up straight like soldiers.
They all close up tight at night, which for some reason I find quite enduring.
The leaves of the poppy plant are a fun shape and have soft fuzzy edges.
And the center of the plant is particularly lovely as it forms what will become the flower.
After they drop their blossoms they all proudly display their distinctive seed heads.
As the seeds dry they are spread by animals or blown in the wind, thus reseeding themselves so we can enjoy plenty of new plants and flowers next season.
There's a lot to love about poppy blooming time in Boulder!
Today I'm joining my quilter/blogger friend LeeAnna who uses her Thursday posts to focus on things she loves in an effort to stay positive in these unruly political times. Pop over to her blog if you need more refocusing on the good things in life.