Our colour for November is coquelicot, a rich, glowing shade of bright red tinted with orange. The word comes from the French vernacular name for the ubiquitous corn poppies that grow wild from North Africa to the UK and from the Canary Islands to the Caucasus. Those same poppies inspired John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields, one of – if not the – most famous war poems in history.
And so, as Remembrance Day approaches and we pin poppies to our lapels, we are reminded of the power of symbols and, of course, colour.
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