Poppies in Mook Netherlands

by Irene Hagemans
(Mook, Netherlands)

Photo 1 – Taken in the morning

Photo 1 – Taken in the morning

I took these photos from my bedroom window looking down onto the garden in my home in Mook, a village by the Maas River in the Netherlands.

The English call them poppies, the Dutch name is klaproos, papaver is the scientific name. In the Netherlands, there is a difference between poppies growing in gardens at home and those in the field. For those in the field, the plant and flowers are much smaller.

There are many different types of poppies. They are mostly red but there are also yellow ones. There are farmers who grow them in the field to get opium, those are like roses.

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Thank you again Irene
by: Eric

Thank you, Irene for those beautiful flowers from your garden and thanks for helping me learn a few words in Dutch as well.

Irene is also a subscriber to our monthly e-zine Bangkok Travelbug and I am grateful for her readership and support.

Gulls on the River Maas was an earlier submission by Irene to our photo sharing gallery.

The poppy is commonly associated with opium but only the Papaver somiferum or opium poppy can used for this purpose.

Poppies are also widely worn on Remembrance Day in Europe and the Commonwealth countries to commemorate the day the armistice was signed to end the World War I in Western Europe on the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

Remembrance Day is to honour all those who died during World War I. The poppy was a flower that seemed to be blooming in some of the worst blood-soaked battlefields in Western Europe.

Canadian doctor Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae took part in the Second Battle of Yres in Flanders, Northern Belgium in May 1915. He buried his good friend after a horrific battle in which chlorine gas was used for the first time.

The poppies growing around the grave prompted him to pen this tragic poem, In Flanders Fields. As a result, the red poppy became a symbol to honour the soldiers who died in war.

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.

Lieutenant-Colonel (Dr) John McCrae
1st Brigade Canadian Field Artillery
May 1915

Eric Lim
Bangkok Travelbug

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