Thursday, March 25, 2010

Golden Slumbers




"Visions for those too tired to sleep, these seeds cast a film over eyes which weep." Amy Lowell


"Bring poppies for a weary mind that saddens in a senseless din." William Winter


Behold the extremly rare Himalayan Blue Poppy. See a fable, a myth, a dream. On display for a very short while in Pennsylvania. This is what I saw in the paper today, and I had to snap it to show you. It is the national flower of Bhutan, and considered magical, perhaps the rarest flower in the world. In 1922, an expedition discovered it while trying to reach the top of Mt. Everest. They are so hard to grow and so few exist that they have become fabled. Poppies have long been a symbol of sleep and death, partly because of the opium extracted from them. The poppy is one of the most important medicinal flowers, because Morphine and Codeine are made from it. Poppies have been found in Egyptian tombs dating back 3,000 years. There was even a prescription given to children for poppies to stop them from crying. Remember the magical poppy field in The Wizard Of Oz that almost succeded in diverting Dorothy and her friends from their goal? Sleep can be good or bad. In that case, it was bad. It seems that most people have some kind of sleep problems, doesn't it? Not enough, apnea, nightmares, night terrors, etc. When King David slept well, it wasn't from poppies.


"I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, Oh Lord, make me dwell in safety." Psalm 4:8

11 comments:

Beverly said...

The poppies are lovely. I'm thankful for good nights of sleep lately.

Yes, the museum is named for John and Mable Ringling of the circus fame. They wintered in Sarasota. The circus had its winter home there.

John Ringling collected works of art. I'm not sure exactly when the museum was built. It's been there as long as I can remmeber. I'll have to do a post on it.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

How neat, Ginny... I have never seen nor heard of blue poppies. When I was growing up, the local Lions Club would sell red poppies once a year and the money would go to help veterans in the hospital. Not sure they still do that---but it was a big deal years ago.

Hugs,
Betsy

Sandra said...

this is great, Ginny. unheard of before your post. red i know about, blue is beautiful. great post, thanks for telling us. I have learned so much from reading blogs, keep on bloggin friend.

Stephanie V said...

Ginny, there are some gardeners around Vancouver growing the blue poppy but it is not all that common.
The largest massing of them is in a garden in Quebec - not too, too far away from you. Maybe a little vacation in June and you could see them for real. here's the link:

http://www.refordgardens.com/english/

DawnTreader said...

I've seen red poppies, and know about their use as drug etc, but never even heard of blue ones.

George said...

I'm also one of those who didn't know blue poppies existed. Thanks for bringing these to our attention. I'm afraid Philadelphia is a little too far for us to see them in person.

Together We Save said...

Beautiful poppies!!

Bird Girl said...

Poppies are one of my favorite flowers. Of course the beautiful red ones and the orange that grow wild here where there used to be farm houses that have long been torn down. When I visited Fearrington Village near Chapel Hill, NC - they had some gorgeous deep pink opium poppies. I do think they were outlawed in the USA for a long time (for obvious reasons) But hey are much prettier than other poppies. I would LOVE to see these blue poppies. Do you live near Longwood Gardens? I've been there a few times and it is SPECTACULAR! I might have to make a trip to see the blue poppies! - thanks for a great post!

SquirrelQueen said...

I have seen several colors of poppies but never the blue ones. It is a very beautiful flower. Thanks for sharing the history and information on this rare bloom.

Glenda said...

Ginny, you always have interesting information in your posts, and I learn something new! I, too, have never seen a blue poppy, but they look beautiful.

The Scripture you posted is a favorite of mine.

happily retired gal said...

Pretty blue poppies and nifty information ... thanks for the bit of enlightenment ;-)
Hugs and blessings,