Heathens in the Garden
by Christine Breen
The single most important thing to know about poppies is they are heathens in the garden. Absolute heathens. No regard or respect for their neighbours. And sloppy! After a grand appearance, they get, well–schlocky–it’s the only word.
When planting poppies, you must make allowances because they are capricious, like children. But, A Major But – there is that sterling moment before they wither, when the petals have drifted into the flower bed lying in adornment on their neighbour or scattered on the neon lawn like broken bits of milk-glass on a green tablecloth.
If you fail to register that moment—if the rain or the wind arrive before you—you will have missed the pièce de résistance. But, à mon avis, a garden is poorer without them.