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Art of the Day: Saturday February 05, 2011

Alpine Poppies

- by Elizabeth Fiedel

This week's theme: Poppies

Poppies are indigenous to many parts of the world and have been cultivated for thousands of years. They are found in myths and literature. Poppies are symbols of fertility and remembrance and they are used in cooking and for medicinal purposes. The narcotic properties of the opium poppy has provided us with some of the most addictive and destructive drugs we know, yet this same flower has allowed us to find relief from pain from ancient times to present day. There are many reasons to value the poppy, but when it's all said and done, it's the beauty of the poppy that make it a favourite.

Art: Alpine Poppies by Artist Elizabeth Fiedel
I love poppies. The Alpine poppy is native to mountainous central Europe. They come in a variety of colors. Their blossoms appear delicate, and yet they prosper in cool climates and thrive on a certain amount of neglect. They are ideal for planting in containers and rock gardens.

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