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Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

On July 17th 2014 the longest serving member of the Yeoman of the Guards at the Tower of London 'planted' the first of the ceramic poppies that would eventually build up to be the fabulous display of 888,346 poppies planted in the moat around the Tower.

I was lucky enough to catch the display just as it was beginning to be dismantled so did see the effect that lots of poppies had in the moat.

As soon as I heard about the poppies and that a Derby artist was responsible I ordered one for myself.

The poppies started to be sent out towards the end of November so I was getting a bit worried that mne had not arrived yet.

Mine was delivered in a long well packed display box with the poppy in the centre.

In the box was a certificate of authenticity and a small booklet telling me about the artist, the display, the charities that benefited from the sale of the poppies and so much more.

I have put my poppy in a bowl without the metal stem as I like it better like that. If I had been able to afford to buy a dozen or so I might have had them on stems in the garden but one poppy by itself looks a bit sad.

Image Credit » Photo is my own

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LilyDay wrote on January 22, 2015, 5:01 PM

I am glad that you got your poppy. It does sound like a cool thing to have a piece of.

zabelle51 wrote on January 22, 2015, 5:21 PM

Maybe you could buy some other white flowers to put with your pretty poppy? :)

Nar2Reviews wrote on January 22, 2015, 5:46 PM

I love those poppies that the artist did. Good that you have something that has such historical content.

NorthernLight wrote on January 22, 2015, 6:52 PM

The photographs I have seen of the poppies in the moat around the Tower were simply amazing. Glad you managed to get one.

bestwriter wrote on January 22, 2015, 7:10 PM

I am hearing about this for the first time. But why poppies?

Renda wrote on January 22, 2015, 10:34 PM

Wow. That is beautiful! What a great thing to have.

BarbRad wrote on January 23, 2015, 1:17 AM

That must have been an impressing display. I'm glad you got your poppy.

catsholiday wrote on January 23, 2015, 9:16 AM

The display around the Tower was stunning

catsholiday wrote on January 23, 2015, 4:25 PM

It was done for the centenary of WW1 and poppies are the symbol of remembrance . the display was a temporary art display in the moat for this memorial.

mrsmerlin wrote on January 23, 2015, 4:27 PM

Oh wow you are so lucky! I applied but couldn't get a poppy. They were such a spectacle weren't they, I love that as a nation we can show respect in such innovative ways

glade wrote on January 25, 2015, 4:34 AM

i am not so much into flowers, i mean i don't have good info when it comes to them, but this one you got do look very pretty.

valmnz wrote on January 26, 2015, 1:13 AM

They looked really impressive on TV. I saw a wonderful piece of ANZAC red poppies art at a quilt exhibition I went to last week.

cmoneyspinner wrote on February 27, 2015, 8:34 PM

I am an art lover and a flower lover. But I had to research “Yeoman of the Guards at the Tower of London”. Forgive my ignorance. Enjoyed this article! :)