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Victoria Cross poppies raise cash for veterans

Poppy Victoria Cross. Picture; Mr Fothergill's
Poppy Victoria Cross. Picture; Mr Fothergill's

Mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day

This year is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day, when Allied troops landed in Normandy on Tuesday, June 6, 1944, in Operation Overlord during World War II.

Codenamed Operation Neptune, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history.

To mark the sacrifice of thousands and to honour military veterans, Mr Fothergill’s is asking gardeners to mark the anniversary and help Chelsea Pensioners by growing poppy Victoria Cross.

A donation of 25p from each packet sold is given to the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Supporting the Royal Hospital Chelsea

Mr Fothergill’s joint managing director, David Carey, said: “We are proud to be supporting the Royal Hospital Chelsea and pleased to see so many gardeners joining with us to do that.”

Poppy Victoria Cross makes a fitting remembrance symbol with its bold white ‘crosses’ across single red flowers.

Easy to grow and quick to flower from a spring sowing, this form of Papaver somniferum is ideal for informal borders and cottage garden settings.

Its distinctive ‘pepper-pot’ seed heads are also useful in dried arrangements when flowering ends.

‘Broken by age or war’

Established in 1682 by Charles II to provide a safe home for military veterans ‘broken by age or war’, the Christopher Wren-designed Royal Hospital admitted its first pensioners in 1692.

The scarlet tunics and black tricorns of its residents and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show held in the Royal Hospital grounds every May are equally well known and respected around the world.

There are more than 1,000 stockists of the counter-top display of the fundraising poppy Victoria Cross around the UK, including Blue Diamond, Kew Gardens, RHS Gardens, QD stores and other leading garden centres.

For more information visit, www.mr-fothergills.co.uk, price £2.10 for 250 seeds.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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