Poppies and more poppies

I love the spring for the beautiful wild flowers in the countryside.

I am so pleased that the farmers don’t spray the fields to eliminate and kill all the native plants.

I’m glad people who have olive trees don’t want to use any herbicides that might spoil the quality and health giving benefits of their precious oil

Just so beautiful

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20 thoughts on “Poppies and more poppies

  1. If only our farmers didn’t use chemicals the way they do, this is how fields looked when I was a mere girl, absolutely fabulous!

    • I think because farming is smaller scale here, the farmers are either too mean or just don’t want to spray. The soil is volcanic so very fertile so maybe they think a little competition from wild species doesn’t do any harm. Italian are obsessed with good quality food so this may be an outcome of that. whatever the reason, I’m very glad to be able to see verges and fields like these. Christina

  2. wish our olive orchards were permitted to flourish swathes of wildflowers. We would have the flowers, but I don’t see them amongst the olive plantations.

    • Olive production is mainly a family affair so it matters to them what chemicals (or not) they use. Not every field looks like this some farmers plough to stop the weeds.

  3. Lol! Maybe you are right, we respect the environment because it comes back to our tables with food. But I’ve never eaten better than here in any other county! Nice pics.

  4. Stunning! Your photos look like oil paintings. Natural wildflowers really are beautiful. Sometimes I think uglier weeds are the result of modern land mismanagement and chemical use.

  5. The poppies are so beautiful.We have just had a tv series on wild gardening by Sarah Raven, which addressed the problem of the brevity of really wild meadows. Ske suggested using seed mix containing a mix of hardy annual flowers,that would have a much longer flowering period. These were very successful ,. There are a couple of companies selling these mixes. You need to start with a sunny, weed free spot tho. Grass is very tough and dominant!

    • I hope Sarah Raven’s programme will be available on DVD, I rather suspect it won’t be. I’d like to try that under my olives, although it would probably be tinder dry in summer and therefore a fire hazard. I’m probably best just enjoying what grows naturally and stimming when necessary. Christina

  6. Wow Christina, how beautiful and you’re lucky to have fields like that around you. It’s very sad how intensive agriculture in the UK has caused such a decline in wildflowers. I love meadows and dream of having enough space to create my own. Sarah Raven is trying hard to change people’s ideas about wildflowers but it is frustrating. She visited a village and was trying to get them to give over a tiny patch of the village green to wildflowers but she was greeted with limited enthusiasm. People seemed to see them as being untidy. They did create a small area which looked beautiful but it didn’t seem there was much enthusiasm to extend the patch. It certainly seemed to be the older generation who weren’t so keen and yet they are often the ones who have fond memories of wildflowers. I couldn’t understand their apathy.

    • I’ve heard about Sarah Raven’s campaign and would love to see the programme. I think you’re right though some people have strange ideas about what should be tidy. I have heard similar comments here when the council put some deciduous trees along one of the main streets. Many people said they should have chosen an evergreen because deciduous trees are ‘dirty’. Christina

    • That’s true Jo, but as I said to David (below) these fields look like this for a maximum of a month, we usually want more from our gardens than that. Christina

  7. Christina las amapolas me inspiran y me llevan al pintor impresionista Claude Monet y sus maravillosos cuadros de amapolas. Adoro las amapolas, muchas gracias por mostralas. Los campos de preciosas flores silvestres son encantadores.Y que bien que no usen herbicidas. Saludos de Margarita. margarita141.

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