Poppy – an ambiguous flower I

Poppy – an ambiguous flower

Poppies are some of my favorite flowers. It is a very interesting flower.

The antique symbolism of the poppy was rather dreary. The old Greeks dedicated this flower to the Goddess of fertility named Persephone. Hypnos (hypnosis), the God of sleep was often portrayed with a poppy in his hand and it was the symbol of eternal sleep, i.e. death.  Also Morpheus, the God of dreams and son of Hypnos and Nix (Goddess of the night) is related to the poppy. From his name originates the word morphine.

Poppy is the symbol of decay. Today it blossoms; tomorrow it loses all its petals. Poppy has a lot of appeal by its overwhelming colors and fragile petals. It is also the symbol of temptation.

Poppy shows so many facets from birth to decay. The poppy-flower is a symbol for the memory of war, as it is related to death and eternal sleep. The red poppy is also the symbol of the blood of Jesus, of resurrection and peace and has been laid in graves as a gift in former times. I have seen stony poppy as a symbol on some antique tombstones in our old graveyard.

Enjoy the various facets of poppy in my photos.

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29 thoughts on “Poppy – an ambiguous flower I

  1. just love these…never get tired of poppies
    they’ve stopped blooming in my part of the world so I’m glad to see them again here 🙂

    • It’s really interesting, how many people like poppies. They also stopped blooming here, but it’s nice to look back. Thanks for your nice comment. Regards Mitza

  2. I love this gallery of poppies – aren’t the buds fantastic? And the seed pods – and the decaying flowers in the next post – it’s a really fascinating plant & you do a great job with it!

    • Poppies are really fascinating flowers in every state of their development. Thanks a lot for your approval, I always like to delight other bloggers. Regards Mitza

    • Thanks a lot for your nice words. It’s always stunning to see what colors nature has created in it’s divinity. It wasn’t me! Have a nice week-end, regards Mitza

  3. Really lovely photos and such a beautiful selection. And, following your comment on my post, a little thought on contemporary symbolism – we now have the expression ‘tall poppy syndrome’. The inspiration riches continue . . .

    • Thanks a lot for your comment, which is appreciated. It’s always good to find other bloggers that have same interests like we have in poppies. Have a nice day, regards Mitza

    • thank you so much, Natalie. Hope you will have a lot of beauties in your garden next year. Hope you are fine. I have so much work every day with all my followers. Hugs Mitza

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