poppies

doesnt this poppy remind you of the folds of a velvet dress?

Following the trench warfare which took place in the poppy fields of Flanders, during the 1st World War, red poppies have become a symbol of remembrance of soldiers who have died during wartime.

Poppies have long been used as a symbol of both sleep and death: sleep because of the opium extracted from them, and death because of the common blood-red color of the red poppy in particular. In Greek and Roman myths, poppies were used as offerings to the dead.  Poppies used as emblems on tombstones symbolize eternal sleep. This symbolism was evoked in the children’s novel The wonderful wizard of oz, in which a magical poppy field threatened to make the protagonists to sleep forever. Oddly, the poppy field affected the film’s characters in the same order the cast members actually died.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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have grown these poppies in a pot on my balcony – goes to show that you dont need a lot of space to grow these beautiful flowers!01Jun2015_0043

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