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May 27th 2011    Tim Candler

    This would have been the day to introduce Eggplant Seedlings to their summer home. Instead they have endured three weeks of most unsuitable weather. They have become grim, but I think they still have determination, so these next few days should sort things out.

    There has been talk of starting again.  Vague ideas because there is loyalty between us.  We have struggled together, or perhaps more accurate to say that I have been with them in spirit and I have felt their pain.  Which means I have sat inside watched the wind and cold rain, seen the temperatures plunge, slept in a warm bed, and I have worn sandals with white socks and I have eaten ice cream.

     The Flanders Poppy in the USA is called a Corn Poppy.  It grows to about three feet.  It blooms March to July.  If you weigh out one pound of Flanders Poppy seed there will be around three and a half million individual seeds, so I would need five pounds of Flanders Poppy seed to carry the souls of all those who died in the First World War.

     And I would need closer to fifty pounds of Flanders Poppy seed to carry the souls of all those who died from war through the entire course of the twentieth century. The professionals recommend two pounds of Flanders Poppy seed per acre.  So we would need twenty five acres.

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