The beautiful and captivating poppy flower, how I love thee. I think the reason I love this bloom so much is for its unique style and the way it surprises you. The stems are very long, thin and even furry in appearance. Each stem holds one poppy flower bloom that bursts open and the surprise is not knowing exactly what colour you are going to get.
Available seasonally in Australia around winter/spring, these are flowers that hold a deep and personal meaning for some. So let’s learn more about poppies, their meaning, appearance, range in colours and how they can also be used for weddings.
Poppy Flower Meaning
Most people associate poppies, particularly red poppies, with Remembrance Day, November 11th. Red poppies are a symbol of remembrance of soldiers who have died during wartime. During World War I, soldiers fought on the fields of Flanders in Belgium. The fields of Flanders were covered in poppies which were considered to be a weed in Europe growing in many areas.
Poppies also symbolise sleep and death. Sleep because the opium extracted from the flower is a sedative, and death because of the red color which is seen to represent blood. In soldiers’ folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground (reference Australian War Memorial). Hence, the poppy is also increasingly being used on Anzac Day.
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The petals of poppies are so unique. Each bloom displays four to six petals that each look like crumbled up paper, with many lines, wrinkles and ruffled edges. This would be due to it being tightly held in the bud before bursting open. They look so delicate like paper flowers. The center circle of stamens is also quite striking and eye catching. A great focal point for many floral designs.
Poppy Flower Colours
As mentioned earlier the range of colours in poppies includes red, plus many hues of oranges and yellows, often bright tones through to some of my personal favourites, softer shades of cream, pale pink and peach. How pretty do they all look gathered here together? I often thought of them as a great gift for a happy birthday or to cheer someone up as you can’t help but smile when you look at poppies.
Poppies for Weddings
Due to their ruffled, soft petals, poppies have a romance about them. They obviously lend themselves to being the feature in a gorgeous bouquet of wedding blooms like this divine classic example by Pat’s Floral Designs.