Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Poppies For Young Men...

"In Flanders' fields the poppies blow..."

One autumn I optimistically amended my flower beds with blood meal...LOTS of blood meal...hoping the nitrogen content would boost my spring plantings.
Boy did it!
Not only did my usual plants thrive, but poppies--dozens of poppies--sprang up EVERYWHERE.
I hadn't planted poppies in years, yet suddenly it seemed that every dormant seed in my soil had decided to wake up.  The blood meal was key.

Then I had a sobering thought...
"In Flanders' fields the poppies blow..."

Like many kids, I had to memorize John McCrae's poem "In Flanders Fields."  I liked the poem, it was an easy 'A,' but I never made the connection between poppies and death in war until my garden exploded with poppies as a result of my blood meal feeding.

Now, when I treat my flower beds with blood meal, I do so in honor of the brave men and women who have served my country.  And each spring I am reminded to be grateful.

Thank you.