During July the verges near our cottage positively lit up with drifts of wildflowers. The stars of this colourful show for me were the heady mix of self-seeded native corn and breadseed poppies. A mound of abandoned compost on a fenland road, a small patch of waste ground and a stretch of fallow field next to a rural pavement were as stunning as any well-tended garden.
One of the girls' favourite things to do is snap off our ripe poppy seedheads and scatter their contents around the garden. We visited some of these vergeside poppy gardens to collect seeds in recent days.
I've written about these beautiful displays of poppies and about our seed collecting over on the Sarah Raven blog, Garlic and Sapphire this month. If you fancy popping over the link is here.