California Comes to St Leonards

The sun has come out

The ground is warming up

There is a warmth on the breeze

And I can feel the sun on my back as I work in the garden

Californian Poppies photographed in St Leonards, East Sussex, May 2012



  • Wow – poppies in St Leonardยดs and so soon?! I love them, theyยดre all dying off here now in the fields, but there is something so magical about them.

    • Hi Tanya, yes the do seem early, especially when none of the others are far from near flowering – I guess that will mean more flowers for longer ๐Ÿ™‚
      And I know what you mean about Europe in Spring, a favourite time of mine too!

  • What a nice moments you captured of this flower… Fascinated me dear Claire, have a nice new week, love, nia

    • I guess that your lovely Florida weather is too warm for them, what a shame, but then you have so many compensations waiting for you in your lovely garden ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love California poppies! Last year I planted a beautiful mixed color variety, and they reseeded themselves and are coming up all over the garden. I think it will be a few more weeks before they start blooming here though.

    • Oh these are self seeded too! I sowed some a few years ago and now they just pop their cheery heads up every year. In fact I’ve just taken a few seedlings out and have potted them on as I’d like some in the garden too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • What beautiful poppies! I’ve orange ones but something — and I’ve no idea what it is — lays in them every Spring. The result is a mangled mess and I’m lucky to get a bloom or two. I used to think it was Max but he’s too large now to get to them. I think it’s my nemesis: The Squirrel. It’s his first attack of the Season…

    • Squirrel’s who’d have thought it (Max probably!) When I lived in London they used to destroy my Magnolia tree and much all the grapes before I got to any of them! Humph!

  • I love red poppies, Claire, and these are beautiful, but what we call the California poppy is a deep orange-yellow, named for “The Golden State.” Red poppies of the same shape are hard to find here and always seem to revert to the native color.

    • Hi Sharyn and thank you for filling me in on these beauties. I bought and sowed a packet of “Californian Poppies” a couple of years ago and these are the off-spring. They come in all colours from yellow and orange to reds. There is no telling which colour will emerge but the yellows and oranges seem to predominate.

  • Beautiful! Sharyn got it quite right, of course, and California’s state flower is the orange-yellow poppy, but we have fields of wild poppies of all colors every spring. I wouldn’t have associated these beautiful flowers with a colder climate! They are so cheery aren’t they? Spring colors are just wonderful for raising my spirits. ๐Ÿ™‚ Debra

    • Hi Debra, yes they do lift the spirits! I like how you have state flowers, and I’m now imagining what fields of poppies in California would look like – a treat for the eyes I imagine!

  • What a lovely shock of color! We used to have poppies running rampant in the garden at our old house.. I miss those pretty bursts of color!

  • I am very jealous. You have better California Poppies than we do, and we are in California! Great photos, the color is beautiful.

    • Thanks for the thumbs up – I couldn’t resist sharing these beauties knowing that some of my blogging friends are in California ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The nice thing about living in a place where there are definite seasons is the true appreciation we feel at beautiful pops of spring color after winters in black, white and gray. Thanks for these lovely images!

  • Gorgeous, and I had no idea that was a poppy when I saw the first photo. I don’t see that many poppies around here. The red is just stunning, as are your photos.

    • Thank you! It’s not obvious from the first photo is it? But I loved Joss’ description of “unfolding” just a perfect way to describe them. The intensity of the red is just that – intense ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you have a great weekend

  • Beautiful images! Your poppies are now out while ours are still taking sometime to show up. Spring has been pretty chilly here but I can hardly wait for these poppies which really make the green patch close to my home a little paradise on earth. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I love those brilliant daubs of red poppies! Those flowers speak of such wild exuberant abandon! I love them, and love the way you’ve shown them unfolding!

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