Late last summer I planted three packets of poppy seeds.
One packet never materialised at all, the second gave a promising start of little grass-like sprouts, then died.
This third packet produced a pot full of lovely green feathery leaves, but no flowers.
Till this week.
Having watched and watered this pot for months on end, I finally noticed a solitary orange poppy, brightly flowering away. I see by the remains on a stalk, that I already missed a bloom, blown away in the last cold front to pass through with wind and rain.
So, was it worth it to plant three packets, wait a year and get to see only one flower?
I think so.