I don't remember seeing many poppies when I lived in the United States. Here around our village we see lots of them.
While most poppies grow wild, we tried growing some of our own. Yulia and I dropped some seeds of California poppy (come to think of it, we saw lots of these along the highways in California) in our garden back in the early spring. We kept looking and looking for them to sprout, but saw nothing for the longest time. Last week I was about to take a hoe to the area where we planted them, but held off. This week we saw the flowers pop out from the weeds! What a wait!
Yulia and I love poppies because they are so red they are delicious. See for yourselves.