Many eons ago we spent August toodling around the Tuscan countryside in our Aunt Carole’s “station car”, a tiny Fiat 127 on its last
legs wheels… The passenger side window wouldn’t roll up once it was rolled down, the tape deck (yes, you read that right… we did say it was eons ago!) ate our Human League and Pet Shop Boys cassettes, and we lost the key to the gas tank and had to open the cover with a knife (much to the displeasure of the Italian gas attendants!)
Oriental Poppy Tray
In any event, one of the highlights of our trip, and there were many (after all, we were in Tuscany!) was the scenery – fields upon fields of poppies. In those days, we didn’t have Instagram, or smart phones for that matter, so we had to rely on our trusty non-digital camera to take pictures and wait until we returned to the States to see what we had captured on film. While the photo albums we made have been stored away who knows where, the memories are still fresh, even in our forty-something minds…
Poppy Freesia Blossom Perfume
In the language of flowers, poppies mean pleasure and fantastic exuberance, words that definitely describe our Tuscan adventures. So in honor of the pretty poppy, we say chin chin!
Do you have summer memories that stay with you? We hope you make some this weekend.
Photos via Pinterest, Anthropologie, Diane James Home, Coach, Matches and John Lewis
Anyone who drives from Florence to Siena on a beautiful late spring day will encounter a beautiful landscape not soon forgotten – fields upon lush fields of bright red poppies dancing under a bright blue sky. This memory is one of our fondest having often visited family in Tuscany while living in Brussels for fifteen years.
Jennifer Vranes - Poppy Paradise
Poppies come in many colors from softer whites and pinks to vibrant yellows, oranges and reds, and are lovely additions to any garden, in a mixed herbaceous border or tucked among rocks. While poppies often symbolize sleep (because of the opium extracted from their seeds) or death (because of their blood-red color), we much prefer the Persian perspective where poppies are called the flower of eternal love. We hope you’ll love these pretty poppies!
Anthropologie - Verdant Acres Plate
Floral Art - Orange Poppy Chair
Jonathan Adler - Poppy Bath Accessories
Pottery Barn - Poppy Outdoor Pillow
The Met Museum Store - Red Poppies Tote
Photos from Jennifer Vranes, Anthropologie, Floral Art, Wrapables.com, Pottery Barn and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store