Sunday, June 14, 2009

Fields of Red Poppies

I thought I would share this photo with you, taken this afternoon over Detling hill. I assume they are red poppies but if any reader knows better I'm happy to be corrected!

All around Kent at this time there are the most remarkable contrasts and colours visible from the air and no camera can do them real justice!

6 comments:

Breeze bus traveller said...

There are some in the fields near Thanet Earth too - very pretty

Call me Infidel said...

I imagine the field is "set aside" and therefore has not had the usual dose of herbicide to kill off the poppies.

Ken Gregory said...

'Set aside' is not now in force, the reason for the resurgance of poppies is due to the ability of the seed to survive for years ubderground, being brought to the surface by ploughing for winter wheat and spring barley.

The poppy is also very resistant to herbicides, although there are very few of these that are allowed to be used now.

Ps I understand that the conservative party have sponsered the developement of a blue poppy, due for distribution next spring

Anonymous said...

If I'm not mistaken the field below is winter wheat and there are no poppies growing in it. The field with the poppies to the right of the farm may be growing oil seed rape. However the field with the most poppies in it looks like it is fallow. There are selective herbicides which kill dicot plants but not monocots like wheat, barley etc. Clearly this is what has been used in the wheat field.

Tony Beachcomber said...

Ken, is it posionous?

Mr Friday said...

It's the last area controlled by Labour in Kent