Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there. This is for you.
Around here, this is what's known as the Mothers Day poppy. Okay, okay, so only mom and I call it the Mothers Day poppy. When mom was still living in San Jose, she asked for one of these, a Matilija poppy, for mothers day years ago, and in the Bay Area, it begins blooming around Mothers Day. I saw my first open poppy bloom on this past Wednesday.
The Matilija poppy typically likes a hot, dry climate and when mom moved to Oregon, she transplanted part of the Mitilija poppy to see if it would take. Thankfully, she didn't move to the soggy Willamette Valley and it seems to like her area just fine, only it now blooms a few weeks after Mothers Day.