The Poppy. The city of Georgetown excels at growing and showcasing these gorgeous flowers. It is a little late in the season, but there are still a few good flowers to be discovered while walking through the downtown neighborhoods.
Here are some more photos from walking through the neighborhoods of Georgetown in search of yards full of red poppies. This will give you a better idea of how crazy this town gets for these flowers. It was nice and sunny this afternoon, and this part of Texas is starting to warm up a bit, so I am not sure how much longer these flowers will be on display.
The story goes that red poppy seeds were brought to Georgetown from Europe soon after WWI. In the springtime, it is relatively easy to find small fields of poppies, patches along fence lines, or maybe even gardens that people have nourished. In April, the town holds a yearly celebration called the Red Poppy Festival. Today I learned that poppies have large flowers on tall thin stalks, making them like sails in the wind. It is difficult to get a nice picture on windy days like today. The fringe benefits, in case you want to pursue the profession of red poppy photographer, are that you get to hang out with the neighborhood cats. 🙂
I am back at the Georgetown Public Library again, and I wanted to share one of the quilts on display. It is called “Red Poppies of Georgetown” and was made by the San Gabriel Quilters to help celebrate the Georgetown Sesquicentennial in 1998. I hope you like it.