I’ve burbled about the orange groves that in full bloom make the air heady with their seductive scent. But each spring my greatest delight is seeing the wild poppies that along with other wildflowers carpet Greece’s Peloponnese.
It has been a long, chilly, wet winter but signs of spring on this peninsula to the south of Athens are appearing in olive and orange groves, along highways and empty lots. Mother Nature has again sprinkled her fairy dust to create floral scenes fit for Monet’s brush.
I’ll have to resign myself to looking at photos that I have taken on previous visits (and time next year’s return a bit better). But I’ve also devised a way to keep those poppies blooming year round – I’ll show you later in this post! But first, here’s a look at some of those flowers. . .
|Fokianos Beach - Peloponnese Greece|
This delicate flower commonly known as “The Red Poppy,” is an annual that grows about 12- to 14-inches high and has blooms from 2- to 3-inches wide. It is sometimes called "Shirley Poppy" (after an English vicar named Shirley who studied the species), "Flanders Poppy," "American Legion Poppy", and in England, "Corn Poppy." It is native to most all of Eurasia and North Africa.
The name “American Legion Poppy” brings to mind those of small paper fundraising remembrance poppies that are patterned after these flowers.
And the “Flanders Field” refers to the place in western Belgium, where during World War I battles raged for four years. Flanders Field, before the war, was covered with the red poppies each spring and summer. Following the war the blooms returned and grow among the soldiers graves there.
Despite their rather somber associations, I simply think of sunshine and springtime in Greece when I see them.
So how do I plan to keep the poppies blooming all year long? Well. . .
We got a good laugh last week when the items were delivered to our Pacific Northwest home in two boxes so large the delivery man had to make two trips to the door . . .so it may be awhile before we get them over there. But they are the key to how my poppies will keep blooming:
|Dinner plate on the left; salad plate on the right|
The dishes: Are found at Pier 1, a popular import store in the United States. They can be ordered on-line if you don’t have a store near you. (For those who like lemon or olive motifs, they are also available -- and tempting!)
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