Flowers for the fallen

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.” ~ Laurence Binyon, For the Fallen


This is an Oriental poppy, Papaver orientalis ‘Beauty of Livermere’, rather than the Remembrance Day corn poppy, Papaver rhoeas. However, this red is about as close as it comes to the traditional emblem.


  1. Poppies are ever so delicate yet also so strikingly beautiful. I love them and your photography is amazing.

    Are you, by the way, familiar with the original Wizard of Oz movies? There is a great scene in which Dorothy and her friends (the Scarecrow, the Lion and the Tinman) find themselves in a gorgeous field of poppies.

    And are you familiar with the California (my home state) Poppy which is bright mustard yellow and a protected species?

  2. Thanks for your comments, Mase and Hanna.

    Yes, Hanna, I know the Wizard of Oz very well, both as a book and as a movie. Our son actually played a snowflake in his school's production of the Wizard of Oz — the snow that Glinda sends to quell the poppies that are putting our heroes to sleep. Also love the California poppy, but it requires a set of growing conditions that I'm unable to give: moist, cool germination period, then a long, dry, sunny summer. I admire them greatly in other people's gardens. And sometimes in cracks in the sidewalk, which particularly fills me with envy.

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