Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Two words: matilija poppies
These majestic flowers only bloom for a short while between May and June. Native to the area, they can be found in the wild beside creek beds and washes, where they often reach a height of 8 feet tall. You don't see that many around town, but when you do, they're usually growing beside fences and walls. Yesterday, I saw a huge cluster of matilija blooming wild beside the freeway off ramp in Montecito.
I've heard the poppies described as everything from Dr.Suess cartoons to fried eggs. But to me, they appear angelic, with their large, crepe paper petals, bright white and fluttering in the breeze.