California springtime is in April and and that is when the California Poppy blooms there. But here in New Zealand it is right now, November.
This is by our back gate down to the river, a magnificent display, amongst the rocks gouged out by the goldminers of the 1800s. So why are those flowers here. They, like so much of the plantlife on this river bank came here with the gold rushes. Many people went to San Franciso in 1849 and came on to Australia in the 1850s and to Central Otago, New Zealand in 1862.
|Flowers amongst the gold mining rocks|
|At the back gate by the river.|
The poppies around our local area are yellow. But I also see orange ones further away. I was driving when I saw some red ones!
But the red ones turned out to be Flander poppy (the soldier poppy)
Here are some orange flowers mixed in with yellow.
Also there were some white ones, or maybe cream. Not seen those before.
|27th November 2011. 45th Parallel. California Poppies in New Zealand.|
It's coming into summer here and Autumn (fall) in California. So while the poppies are in bloom here I guess they won't be in bloom in California until May next year.