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Photo gallery: The perfect poppy summer of 2014

12:03 21 June 2014

Jean Skipper admires the field of poppies growing beside her house at Trowse near Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

Jean Skipper admires the field of poppies growing beside her house at Trowse near Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

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Here, there and everywhere, they have become the joyous pimpernels of summer 2014.

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Poppies in a field next to White Horse Lane, Trowse, near Norwich. Photo: Steve AdamsPoppies in a field next to White Horse Lane, Trowse, near Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

Poppies have been popping up in farm fields, grassy banks and scrubland across East Anglia, particularly in Norfolk and Suffolk.

A combination of perfect-for-germination weather conditions have meant millions of tiny seeds have burst into life giving many people the sight of an enchanting red carpet.

And how appropriate it is that this red-letter year has come while we are commemorating those millions lost to us in the two world wars of the 20th century.

Poppies became the symbol of remembrance and many have been looking at the swathes of flowers and having their own private moments of reflection.

The sun shining over a growth of wild poppies in a hedgerow near Buxton, North Norfolk.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYThe sun shining over a growth of wild poppies in a hedgerow near Buxton, North Norfolk. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Photographers and artists have been having real field days and others have pulled up at roadsides to soak in the colours nurtured in Mother Nature’s vibrant nursery.

Of course, to some farmers, these flowers are Red Devils, weeds for the compost heap or for destruction by machine and spray.

I have been captivated by them – it really has been quite magical.

The seeds can stay dormant for up to 100 years – it’s just luck the supershow came up in 2014.

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