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This wild poppy

Posted by Simon Parke, 04 July 2017, 6.01am

My favourite Annual used to be ‘The Beezer’. It had more cartoons than ‘The Eagle’.

But life is change, and my favourite annual now is the wild poppy.

An annual is not a perennial obviously, and I speak as a new expert (always to be avoided) after sharing a beer with a professional gardener over the weekend.

I was gripped.

As she explained, the perennial will return next year, the same plant.

But an annual is different, and will only re-appear next year if it re-seeds.

The present plant will cease to exist, roots and all, which makes the wild poppy infinitely vulnerable, its existence fragile…and always a new creation.

‘Behold, I make all things new!’

Well, this is particularly so with the wild poppy.

And often less so with humans, who turn up year after year soaked in, depending on - and almost nailed to - what has been.

So my meditation today is a wild poppy, excitingly we now have some in our garden…for the time being.

Yes, that’s how it is with the annual.

And forgive me, because this is a bit scary, but I wish you the life of an annual, the life of a wild poppy.

Related to the past…but not the same at all.

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