In France’s fields

French Property News - - Interiors -

We’ve lived in Lot for four years and, apart from the odd ones on the road­side, have seen very few wild pop­pies in our area. Yet, in early sum­mer this year, a part of our gar­den sud­denly sprouted sev­eral wild poppy plants. Where did they come from? David & Penny Mans­field

How ap­pro­pri­ate a ques­tion for Novem­ber’s is­sue of French Prop­erty News. Poppy seeds can re­main dor­mant yet vi­able in the soil for sev­eral years and only ger­mi­nate when they con­sider the time ripe. Had you dug over that par­tic­u­lar part of the gar­den re­cently? Fresh cul­ti­va­tion or dis­tur­bance of land is some­times all they need – hence the rea­son that pop­pies took over Flan­ders fields af­ter the hor­rors of the First World War.

Pop­pies are ac­tu­ally get­ting quite scarce in some places, which is quite sur­pris­ing con­sid­er­ing that each plant can pro­duce sev­eral thou­sand seeds. Their demise may be due in part to the use of her­bi­cides in agri­cul­ture but, in some parts of France, it’s still pos­si­ble to see a sea of pop­pies grow­ing in among the farm­ers’ crops. A weed they may be, but what a lovely colour­ful weed!

Poppy seeds can lie dor­mant for sev­eral years

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