August 2015 – our first memorial Poppy finally flowers after two years of seeds!
This is particularly poignant as 2015 is the anniversary of the writing of John MacCrae’s famous WW1 Poppy poem In Flanders Fields.
The Wartime zookeepers’s garden allotment at Newquay Zoo is coming into ‘Bloom’, thankfully around the time that Britain / SW / Newquay in Bloom judges visited the zoo and Newquay itself recently.
It has been a year for poppies – not all of them real, such as the silk poppies from our Red White and Blue VE day 70th anniversary …
to the famous, unexpectedly popular and very moving ceramic poppies at The Tower Of London in Autumn 2014.
Many of the blooms are on edible or scented plants, such as these Thyme herbs for animal scent enrichment at Newquay Zoo, great for enriching carnivore and big cat enclosures.
Fantastically fiery colour and taste of nasturtium flowers and leaves
Edible white borage flowers
More dark red ‘Empress of India’ Edible Nasturtiums and some surprising Garlic seed heads, much loved by bees and macaque monkeys –
It is BIAZA Big Bug Bonanza week this week (3 to 9 August 2015) in UK in zoos, celebrating insectsand invertebrates; these edible flowers and garden plants are usually alive with insects.
A disappointing (too dry?) year for Broad Beans, whose simple flowers and smell I love. Many of these beans were saved seed from previous years.
However it’s been better for colourful Swiss or rainbow chard, often mistaken by visitors for young Rhubarb:
Finally another fantastic small crop of Globe Artichokes, again much loved by our Sulawesi Macaque monkeys. This is their fifth year growing. I tried these for the first time myself this year and wasn’t overwhelmed by them but the monkeys love them.
Back to my first real Poppy – a flower of remembrance – posted today 6th August 2015 on the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb at Hiroshima.
Remembering the many lives lost, changed and saved by this event.