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Seeds of purple lupin and orange poppies can persist in the soil for decades, awaiting a winter wet enough to provoke a spring outburst.

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I confess. Iā€™m hooked, addicted, helpless in the grip of my need. Blame the poppies. Not the French Connection heroin poppies ā€” but the tiny seeds that can wait for decades with indestructible patience in stoney desert soils for a year such as this ā€” a mild spring following along behind a decently wet winter after a decade of drought.


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