Our council always plant wild flowers around where we live and this year they included some gorgeous colours of poppies. We keep meaning to stop so a can take a closer look. A few days ago a friend posted some beautiful photos of her boys visiting fields of poppies near London and we decided we should visit the poppy fields too.
When are poppies in season in the UK?
Poppies are annual plants with some seedlings germinating when soil is cultivated or disturbed. There can be rapid growth between April and June, and the first flowers usually appear in June. The flowering season peaks in July and August, although if you are lucky you will see some into September.
How many poppy types are there?
There are 70 species of poppies and various parts of the poppy have been used for medicinal purposes since prehistoric times.
How do you find poppy field locations in the UK?
Poppy fields are beautiful and, if you are respectful to the flowers and land, there’s no reason why they can’t be enjoyed by everyone. We found an amazing field of poppies near Welwyn, Hertfordshire. This was about 30 minutes from where we live in London, but well worth a trip. We have been mainly going out near home but the children were really happy to pack their rucksacks and head out for a morning.
The roads are still really quiet so it didn’t take long to drive up the M1 through Hatfield to Welwyn Garden City. We pulled off to the A14 and drove through some beautiful countryside. I appreciated the drive but my kids were engrossed in their iPads by this stage.
The poppy fields we wanted to visit were on Panshanger Lane by the old entrance to Panshanger Aerodrome. We parked in the layby and walked into the field, careful not to stand on any of the flowers. There were a few paths though the poppies so it was possible to take some photos of the children, and puppy, amongst the gorgeous poppies.
It was a really beautiful scene, poppies as far as the eye could see. The day was quite overcast but it didn’t stop us enjoying the experience.
How do you find poppy field locations in the UK? Sometimes these locations are carefully guarded. Poppy fields are quite fragile and I’ve heard that already some farmers have closed access to their poppy fields as visitors have been trampling all over them. However the location of some poppy fields are shared in Facebook groups so it may be worth searching if you’re looking for a specific area.
Do you have any plans to visit a poppy field this summer?