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This beautiful Red Poppy was outside the Earthbound Farm’s Farm Stand in Carmel Valley. It was located next to the old tractor, (photo posted earlier this week). This is a very popular and widespread wildflower. It’s is a wildflower gardener’s favorite since it grows so easily and successfully in meadows. The Farm Stand frequently has wildflowers growing in their fields and gardens and they sell them.
“It’s also wonderful to know that this treasured wildflower is so easy to grow. Almost any sunny spot is fine, and though it prefers neutral to alkaline soils, it it is quite adaptable. The only condition it won’t tolerate is very heavy clay. Like all poppies, this one develops a tap root, and if the soil is very heavy, it is almost impossible for it to drive down its tap root in time for good bloom. So plant your Red Poppies in loose soil, and enjoy them as people do worldwide.” Source: americanmeadows.com
The photo was taken with a Canon EOS 40D, EF17-40mm f/4L lens, 1/1000 sec at f/5.6, ISO 200 on SanDisk Extreme IV Digital Film.