I remember, many years ago, corn fields that turned red in mid-summer with hundreds and hundreds of blood-red common poppy (Papaver rhoeas) flowers. It was an awesome sight. The poppy thrives in disturbed ground and so farm fields were ideal for them. Along with corncockle and corn marigold, both now incredibly rare, poppies were one of most common and most distinctive weeds of cultivation.
Sadly, poppies are also becoming increasingly scarce and are confined to the corners of fields where the sprays do not reach and to people's gardens. They also crop up in roadside gutters and other unlikely places where they can eke out a living. They are losing the battle against the herbicide along with many other unwanted weeds.There are many complex issues around this particular subject
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