Category Archives: Poppies

An Early Volunteer

An Early Volunteer, the first Flanders Poppy arrives in FebruaryAn Early Volunteer, the first Flanders Poppy arrives in February!

I haven’t seeded any this year,  and the garden is full of them, so we will see what happens.  I think they will all  pop well before May.  Of course if they are to thrive, I will have to weed  the bed…..

Flanders Poppies

Time to plant the Flanders Poppies.   They like to be in the soil and loath being moved,  but I can’ t tell them from weeds when they come up so I start them in little egg crate thingys.  Then I just put those in the soil with the bottoms cut off and they do just fine. I also like to sew a bunch in a pot for the veranda as they look wonderful blowing in the wind under the bunting.

flanders poppies blooming in the yard

In Flanders Fields

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.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Lt. Col. John McCrae (1872 -1918)