Yes, it’s Dorset red poppy field time again! The sun is shining and the poppies are starting to bloom! Luckily the lockdown has eased a bit, and so I was legitimately able to go out for a walk in the countryside, whilst keeping an eye out for some red poppies.

So far I’ve found four red poppy fields in Dorset (and possibly five), and this is just the beginning of flowering, so no ‘proper’ photos yet. In the meantime, here’s a taster of a few 2020 Dorset red poppies, sprinkled throughout a field of white campion (Silene latifolia).

If I’d turned the other way around there were lots of red poppies, but for the moment I like the stark contrast between the white campion and the red of the field poppies. In fact, the scene is somewhat reminiscent of a Monet painting.

[Update: more Dorset red poppies here].

White campion and red poppy fields in Dorset, 2020.

A Dorset field of white campion (Silene latifolia) and red poppies (Papaver rhoeas), flowering in May 2020. In the distance is a red poppy field, just starting to bloom.

White campion and red poppies in Dorset, 2020.
White campion (Silene latifolia) and red poppies (Papaver rhoeas) in a Dorset field in 2020. In the background is a small amount of red campion (Silene dioica).