Until last week, there was a small plant in our back garden that looked like a bunch of weeds I’d forgotten to pull up….
I’m so glad I didn’t, because it suddenly sprouted forth the most amazingly radiant golden-yellow flowers, which have completely transformed that corner of our garden. Look here!
And every evening, when the sun disappears behind our neighbours’ house and the shadows fall on our garden, every single golden flowerhead closes up tightly for the night.
It’s almost as though each flower has drunk its fill of the golden summer sunshine, and is now returning all this joyous, cheerful energy to the earth, to nourish it and to give thanks for the sustenance it has given.
By mid-morning the next day, the shadows from the large tree have slowly retreated across the lawn, the sun is once again shining directly on the little plant, and one by one, its flowers open up yet again to receive the blessings of the sun.
P.S. I have just found out that these are Californian Poppies (Eschscholzia californica).