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  • Poppies of remembrance at the Tower of London
    Poppies of remembrance at the Tower of London
    By David Stewart WhiteThousands of visitors have flocked to the Tower of London to witness a memorial display of nearly 900,000 ceramic red poppies. The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation honored British and Commonwealth citizens who...
  • Red Poppies
    Red poppies are a special custom on Memorial Day
    Have you ever been out and about on Memorial Day and seen an elderly veteran with a handful of red poppies for sale? If so, do you know the reason s/he is selling the flowers? The reason is part legend and part history.Following the death of a...
  • Along side the interstate near Baker, California
    On the road in the Mojave Desert: The desert in bloom
    California’s Mojave Desert is in bloom. Despite the lack of precipitation most of this year, the late-season rain in February resulted in a desert full of color. Yellow, orange, white, blue, purple and red flowers blanket fields that provide...
  • Orange beauty
    Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve comes alive in April
    California is like a gorgeous flower. Its picturesque beauty, vivid colors and wonderful natural shapes fascinates everyone. The California poppy is a majestic, inspiring beauty. It grows wild throughout California. This delicate, bright flower...
  • Top Ten Places to Find Wildflowers in Arizona
    Top Places to Find Wildflowers in Arizona
    Arizona wildflowers are not difficult to find if you know where to look. In some years because of extra rain they sweep in glorious colorful waves of blooms on slopes and fields. Other years because of the lack of rainfall the color will be...
  • Starting Oriental poppies from seed
    Starting Oriental poppies from seed
    Starting Oriental poppies from seed is a good way to propagate these beautiful perennial flowers. Transplanting can be difficult due to the long tap root poppies have. Here is an easy, nearly full proof way to get lots of flowers, for literally...
  • Poppy
    How poppies came to symbolize Memorial Day
    This Memorial Day weekend in Denver, and elsewhere across the United States of America, veterans will sell little red poppies. The artificial poppies are modeled after Papaver rhoeas, the red-flowered corn poppy.Due to the blood red color of the...
  • Flander's Field
    Bright red flowers are popping up in Flanders Fields
    Have you ever been out and about on Memorial Day and seen an elderly veteran with a handful of red poppies for sale? If so, do you know the reason s/he is selling the flowers? The reason is part legend and part history.Following the death of a...
  • Those red Canadian poppies: Remember, they salute service people, not war.
    Those red Canadian poppies: Remember, they salute service people, not war.
    In the U.S. they call it Veteran's Day. Here in Canada it is Remembrance Day. But not matter, the aims are the same: Honour and Remember."In Flanders Fields the poppies blowbetween the crosses row on row"Probably the most well-known...
  • August Plantings
    August Plantings
    In the Bluegrass Region, August is the perfect time to start planting your fall garden. Just a few of the plants that like cooler weather are:TurnipsGreensLettuceOnionsradishesbroccoliBrussels sproutscabbageBeetsBroadcasting seeds in square foot...
  • Lancaster unveils new poster
    Lancaster unveils new poster
    During the June 28 Lancaster City Council meeting, Council member Sherry Marquez unveiled the new city of Lancaster poster.“This beautifully designed poster captures the rich history of Lancaster, showcasing several fun-filled, family...
  • Sunflower
    5 easy flowers to grow from seeds
    Gardening catalogs are continuing to arrive in mailboxes all over the Bluegrass, and while you may be tempted to try some exotic types of flower seeds, here are 5 of the easiest, fail-proof flowers to grow from seeds:Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)-...
  • Iceland poppies
    Iceland poppies are cool season annuals except where winters are too harsh.
    Where winter weather allows, Iceland poppy, Papaver nudicaule, gets planted out in the garden in autumn to bloom through winter and into early spring. Where winters are too harsh, bloom must wait until after winter, whether plants are put out in...
  • Iceland poppy
    Iceland poppy is a cool season annual that takes warm seasons elsewhere.
    Because winters in Los Angeles are so mild, Iceland poppy, Papaver nudicaule, gets planted out in the garden in autumn to bloom through winter and into early spring. In other climates, where winters are cold, bloom must wait until after winter,...
  • Treatment and rehabilitation cannot completely erase the effects of war on the human psyche.
    Veteran's poem reveals psychic effect of war
    When I attended school in the 1950s, every student knew of Joyce Kilmer’s simple masterpiece, “Trees,” which begins with the immortal words: “I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree.” One year we had to...