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“Through the dancing poppies, stole a breeze most softly lulling to my soul”

August 10, 2020

“Through the dancing poppies, stole a breeze most softly lulling to my soul”

“Through the dancing poppies, stole a breeze most softly lulling to my soul” - John Keats

Just like your birthstone, birth flowers represent different months of the year and for those of you born in August, it’s the poppy. If you’re interested in this kind of stuff, (and I suspect you are as your reading this blog), your birthstone is Peridot, a beautiful lime green gem that is often confused with Emerald. So much so that it is speculated that Cleopatra’s famous emerald collection, may have actually been peridot! But we’re here to talk about the poppy.

The poppy is a popular flower that is recognised around the world. It’s a distinctive flower that isn’t often seen in bouquets, so if you’re looking for a unique gift, poppies are a great choice. In Ancient Roman times, poppies were given as offerings to the dead and have been used on gravestone to symbolise eternal sleep. Poppies are also closely linked with sleep, due to the plants sap causing people to become drowsy and having a relaxing effect. The Ancient Greek God of sleep, Morpheus, was also associated with poppies for this reason. They are famously linked to sleep in the scene from The Wizard of Oz, when the poppies put Dorothy to sleep. The seeds from poppies are also often used in cooking and baking – anyone else a poppy seed bagel fan?

 A Symbol of Remembrance 

"In Flanders fields the poppies blow, Between the crosses, row on row;           That mark our place; and in the sky, The larks, still bravely singing, fly;      Scarce heard amid the guns below”  John McCrae

As November 11th rolls around each year, we take a moment to remember those who gave their lives in WW1. It stems from the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae who wrote that poppies were the first flower to bloom in the battlefields. Since then, the red poppy has become well known for being a symbol of remembrance on Armistice day. Poppies are worn to remember those who fought in World War One, and more recently, to remember those who gave their lives in the wars that have taken place since. di fferent aspects and contributions of the wars.

Colour has meaning

When we think of poppies, we often think of the iconic red bloom, but poppies can grow in a range of vibrant and cheery colours. It was the Victorians who first added a meaning to the colours of each poppy, and their meaning has changed and evolved in different parts of the world. 

The purple poppy is worn to remember all of the wonderful animals that served during wartime. Their contributions were invaluable, and a purple poppy is worn to commemorate the horses, dogs, pigeons and many other animals that were, and still are, vital during wartimes.

The black poppy is worn to specifically remember members of the Black, African and Caribbean communities that contributed their lives and services during past and present wars. 

The Red poppy is of course a symbol of remembrance, but it does have alternative meanings too. In Eastern parts of the world it is a symbol of love and success. The Chinese believe that poppies should be given to couples, to represent a true and passionate love.

A white poppy is given all over the world as a symbol of sympathy or loss. For this reason, white poppies are often seen at funerals and memorials. They are also a symbol of protection of those you love, and a hopefulness for peace and serenity.

 A yellow poppy is a symbol of wealth, prosperity and success. A bouquet of yellow poppies could be a thoughtful gift for someone who is changing career, moving to a new house, or starting their own business.  

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