Indian summer brings out the poppies
Monday 05 October 2009
If not recreated using plastic and paper for Remembrance Day, poppies are the flower that most gardeners equate with the early summer months.
Yet a field of poppies in Shaftesbury, in Dorset, has defied all conventional time frames, springing up more than a month after the scheduled close of season in August. Experts predict the phenomenon is the result of an unusually warm and dry September. The poppy seeds are thought to have spread "unintentionally" into the field and drilled into the ground by farmers planting corn.
Chris Gingell, a regional manager at the National Trust, described the occurrence as "startling". "These poppies have obviously made a late showing after a warm September," he said. "We'd expect them to have been over by the end of August."
But the spectacle, which is attracting nature enthusiasts, is for a limited time only. Poppies that appear in June usually flower for just a few days. Mr Gingell expects the lifespan of these late-arrivals to last comparatively longer. "Because the temperature is cooler now than it would be in the height of summer they might last for a week or so."
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 2 Doctors remove 80 teeth from boy's jaw
- 3 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 4 Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations
- 5 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Maintenance Assistant is requ...
£32000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Business Manager is required ...
£45000 - £55000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Panel Wireman required for small electro...