Remember those artificial poppies that veterans used to sell for Memorial Day? I loved those. The delicate feel of the red crepe paper, the crinkled round petals and dark centers that I still adore.
When I was a kid it seemed those poppies were everywhere this time of year. My mom would always let me get one – just one – and I’d wear/play with the thing until it disintegrated.
As an adult, I couldn’t wait to plop some poppies in my garden. I’m crazy about my orange Oriental Poppies and purple Icelandic Poppies. But in honor of the holiday I picked up a packet of the traditional red Corn Poppy that started it all for me.
I never see the poppy-selling vets around anymore, so I’ll be growing my own. Happy Memorial Day, everyone!