Golden poppies arrived in our garden a couple of years ago. I was tickled. I never planted them but they brightened the landscape. And last year there were more. This spring it seemed that any patch of bare ground sprouted the distinctive foliage of golden poppies. I weeded for days to keep a clear walkway to the front door. And they’re still flourishing.

We have Asian poppies back behind our house. Multiple attempts at seeding them failed. This year they appeared on their own, pink, red, white, and even orange.

The bees couldn’t be happier. They actually lined up, taking turns to dive bomb poppy pollen as I took photos.

Happy Independence Day to my fellow U.S. citizens. Stay safe and sane.

Patience in a pot

Today is the second and last day of the Dungeness Bonsai Society annual bonsai fest, its 41st. If you’re local and would like to walk through a miniature forest of trees as art, it’s worth a trip to the Sequim Pioneer Park. The Satsuki Azalea above, over 20 years old, is one of the showiest examples of the art.

Bonsai artists confine trees in small pots and manipulate them through pruning and shaping. The effect, over time, is to create a gorgeous miniature tree.

This Japanese garden juniper is from 20 to 25 years old. Its owner began training its growth habits in 1994. This is a discipline of great patience.

There are more than 50 trees on display today, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The park is located at 387 East Washington Street.