TECHNICOLOR arrived just in time to show off the charms of the poppy in the 1939 movie Wizard Of Oz.
Fields upon fields of vivid blooms lulled Dorothy to sleep and reawakened interest in the glorious flower.
Translucent orange petals washed by the sun turned sunset gold during my recent visit to Crescent Beach. The papaver orientale grows profusely in the southwest gardens of BC and in much of North America.
Although this type of poppy does not produce opium or put you to sleep, it is hypnotic. The magnetic center of purplish-blue and ebony hues is a bottomless well that whisks you away (as the song says) somewhere over the rainbow.
The fragrant-free flower with fluttery wing-like petals has always enchanted me.