Wordless Wednesday, Views I’m enjoying this week – Poppies!

Not the garden, but I realise I haven’t shared the views of the fields of poppies yet this year; they have been amazing with whole fields just turned red with their beauty.

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34 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday, Views I’m enjoying this week – Poppies!

  1. Wow! Now there’s a real treat for the eyes. What are the yellow flowers alongside them Christina? I can’t make my mind up whether they are dandelions or not.

    • Yes, in my part of Italy at least they don’t use too many chemicals, the land is mainly for grazing sheep (for milk and cheese production) so it isn’t very intensive, for which I am very happy.

  2. But I’m puzzled, surely poppies are a plant of disturbed ground, we used to see them in corn for that reason. It’s odd to me that they should be on grazed ground, what do you think is the explanation? Beautiful sight though

    • You are correct, Jane, I think the ground does get disturbed, you have to remember that in summer here the grass dies right back and to encourage it to grow again when the rains come in autumn, the farmers scarify the ground. This can have very bad results if there is very heavy rain as the water just runs off into the water courses carrying with it the disturbed soil.

  3. Beautiful! I love seeing the poppies by the roadsides here too, but those yellow flowers among them make such a pretty picture! (By the way, wanted to tell you that the little white Alliums from last week’s vase lasted a good 5 days, so definitely a thumbs up!)

  4. We see lots of foxgloves growing wild along the roadsides. Farmers plant red clover as a cover crop, so that’s what gives us fields of red. Are those what are called Flanders poppies? I tried to encourage them to grow here, but with meager results.

    • I like the idea of foxgloves on the road sides, that happens in Cornwall too. Yes, they are Flanders poppies, named that because the fields where the trenches were dug during the war were covered with poppies looking like fields of blood after the war. Poppies need disturbed soil, because they need light to germinate, that’s why there were so many in Flanders, my slope isn’t disturbed much so there are only a few red poppies but the fields around here are scarified in autumn to adsorb rain water so are disturbed every year.

  5. That’s interesting Christina, I was wondering how the soil was disturbed to stimulate these wonderful flowers. I remember several years ago a field near us was ploughed after many years as organic pasture land. It became a sea of poppies and white flowers and was absolutely magical.

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