British Legion Flanders Poppy Seeds
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- Best in a sunny position
- Attractive to bees & pollinators
- Easy to grow
- Sow directly outside
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A well tended garden or a few flowers and plants dotted around the house can be a great way to brighten up your home with vibrant colours, inviting aromas and even cleaner air. Much like people; plants get sick sometimes and need some extra care and attention to bring back their brilliance. The following is a guide to spotting and treating some of the most common garden and houseplant diseases that could end up causing you a major horticultural headache if left unchecked.
Planting your Flanders Poppy Seeds
Sow the seed thinly 3mm (1/8") deep direct into finely raked, moist, warm, weed-free soil where the plants are to flower. Germination usually takes 10-14 days.
As the seedlings develop, thin them gradually to achieve a final spacing of 15cm (6"), removing any competing weeds. Remove dead flower heads as they appear. Poppies will grow readily in most garden soils in a sunny position.The seeds are also tasty sprinkled on bread and cakes.
The Poppy Appeal
The Poppy Appeal is one of the nation's largest and most loved fundraising campaigns. Each year, millions of people support The Royal British Legion's vital work supporting serving and ex-service personnel and their families by wearing a poppy.
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, the First World War ended. Civilians wanted to remember the people who had given their lives for peace and freedom. An American War Secretary, Moina Michael, inspired by John McCrae's poem, "In Flanders' Fields", began selling poppies to friends to raise money for the ex-Service community. And so the tradition began.
What's been achieved
The money raised from this campaign will enable the charities to support British Armed Forces, past and present, and their families.
- Last year the Legions employment advice service, Civvy Street provided online support and information to over 70,000 people.
- Their Poppy calls service carried out 19,8035 small home repairs for 7,314 beneficiaries enabling them to stay independent in their homes.
- In 2012 they gave 8,800 Forces families the chance to spend some quality time together, through their Poppy Breaks service.
How your support will make a difference
Kaitlin Brandon, 7. Kaitlin's Dad, Lance Corporal Richard Brandon of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, was killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in September 2009.
In the months following Richard's death, the Legion provided support and financial advice to Kaitlin's mum Emma. She said the help she received from the organisation was invaluable.
"My mind was all over the place after losing Richard and the Legion helped me to cover all the bases. I have been given a lot of guidance through the Legion's services and it has helped me access the support I am entitled to."
Centenary Poppy Campaign
The Royal British Legion's Centenary Poppy Campaign aims to cover the UK with poppies during the centenary period in commemoration of all those who lost their lives in the First World War.
Flanders Poppy seeds can be found at B&Q online and in all UK stores so you can support this campaign and have poppies in your garden year after year.
£1 from each packet sold is donated to The Royal British Legion and Poppyscotland.
(The Royal British Legion Trading Limited, Company no. 4783730 registered in England and Wales, which gives its taxable profits to the The Royal British Legion, Charity no. 219279 and Poppyscotland, Scottish Charity No.SC014096 and a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland No. 194893)
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