We have had it made especially for us in the UK to our specification so you won’t find it elsewhere! It is liberally scattered with wild poppy seeds (grown in the UK) and small colourful petals, including cornflower and marigold. The paper comes as a pack of 10 A5 sheets and is made from 70% cotton and 30% recycled paper. It may be possible to print on this paper if your printer is able to take it but please be aware that seeds will drop into it and we cannot be held responsible for any damage done!
This paper is quite thick so is ideal for putting inside the Order of Service or cutting shapes from as a memorial gift.
How to Plant Poppy Seed Paper
Poppy seed paper is best planted in spring (preferably). Hold the paper under the tap to get a good watering and then place the paper on top of a tray or pot of compost (it can be torn into smaller strips if necessary) and cover lightly with more compost. Water lightly and then place somewhere warm and light to germinate. It is important to ensure the paper doesn’t dry out! Once you have poppy seedlings you can then plant the whole lot into the garden in a sunny spot or divide carefully into smaller patches and plant.
About Poppies (papaver rhoeas)
Poppies are pretty red wildflowers that are attractive to bees and hoverflies. Poppies are good self-seeders and often spring up in disturbed ground, the seed having lay dormant for many years. Anglo-Saxon name – popig. Poppy seeds have been found that date as far back as 25,000 years. An average Poppy produces about 17,000 seeds.
The tombs of the ancient Pharoahs were strewn with Poppy flowers. In the Middle Ages they were used to treat chest infections. The Poppy was also the sacred flower of Ceres, the Roman goddess of Corn. Legend has it she was so weary that she was not looking after the corn properly so Somnus, god of Sleep, created the Poppy to make her sleep and wake again refreshed. The Poppy is also a symbol of remembrance because its red flowers represent the blood of the dead. To the ancient Greeks it symbolised regeneration – Venus is sometimes represented with an apple in one hand and a Poppy flower in the other. It has been used in potion as an antidote to those bewitched to love someone. Poppies were made into dolls by country children – fold down the petals to make a skirt and hold it in place with a belt of grass.
Magic tells us that if Poppy seeds are soaked in wine for 15 days, then the wine drunk for 5 days while fasting, then you will be able to make yourself invisible at will. Young Greek girls would test the fidelity of their lover by placing a Poppy petal in the hand. They would strike it sharply and if it made a cracking noise then their lover was sincere, but if broke they were unfaithful. During World War II Poppy oil was used instead of olive oil.
The above is for information only and in no way presents a prescription for use medically.