A poppy is one of a group of a flowering plants in the poppy family, many of which are grown in gardens for their colorful flowers. Poppy flowers have 4 to 6 petals. Petals may be almost any color, and some have markings. Before blooming, the petals are crumpled in the bud, and as blooming finishes, the petals often lie flat before falling away. A whorl of stamens is in the center of the flower.
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.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Rural Southland NZ Jan. 2011
I would like to dedicate this to Andrija who sadly passed in Feb. 2011, Anna our prayers are with you and your family we are so sorry for your loss
Three Generations! – Red Poppy
Natures Splendor! – Yellow Poppy