The Poppy Flower

This macro photograph shows the stamen (filament and anther) of a poppy flower. This is the part, which needs to be pollinated for seed production. Still hidden by the stamen is the poppy pistil. It will contain the seeds for the next generation of poppy flowers.

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The stamen of a poppy flower consists of the anther and the filament.

Remember The Fallen

Perfectly for the Memorial Day weekend, a red poppy began to bloom in my green house. Two years ago, I learned something very interesting. I was always wondering, why poppies would be brought up with the Memorial Day remembrance. And here is the answer:

The red poppy grew profusely on the World War I war zone of Flanders Field along the coast of Belgium and France. Poppies blanketed the battlefields with a sea of red, and so have come to symbolize the blood that was shed there. With 368 WWI U.S. soldiers buried in Flanders Field cemetery, the red poppy, or the Flanders poppy as it is now often called become a symbol of wartime remembrance. (Resource: Botanical Interests)

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The Flanders Poppy started to bloom in my greenhouse just in time for Memorial Day.

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In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

by John McCrae

U2 – The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 ~ Dallas, Texas

U2 are on my bucket list for a decade and a half, now. Last night came the moment, I finally could see them live in concert. The Lumineers were the opening act. Before the concert, I knew only one of their songs. So, I wasn’t expecting too much. But I have to say, I’m very impressed with their music style. They actually fit very well as a support band for U2.

U2 started their line up with “Sunday, Bloody Sunday”. The fans went into ecstasy from the first note. After the band played all the songs of “The Joshua Tree”, which celebrates its 30 year anniversary in 2017, U2 had also a good array of songs like New Year’s Day, Beautiful Day, Elevation to name a few. Overall they played 22 songs last night.

Kevin and I had nose-bleed seat in the Upper Concourse. But we still had a good view and enjoyed the concert. Since I couldn’t bring my camera to the venue, I had to use my phone camera. Of course, the pictures do no justice. But its the memories, which count. 🙂

May Blooms In My Backyard II

Before it will be too warm this afternoon, I wanted to capture some blooms in the garden and in the greenhouse. My Flanders Poppies are finally showing some buds. Wouldn’t it be great, if they start to bloom this weekend, latest by Monday on Memorial Day?