Dancing Poppies

“The farmland here is managed specifically as a nature reserve for plants and wildlife associated with arable cultivation and is not commercially farmed.  It’s one of only a few such sites in Britain. Year after year visitors come to take in this much-loved sight – fields full of wild farmland flowers, and a real reminder of traditional non-intensive farming methods of the past, which worked in harmony with nature.”

National Trust: West Pentire

Last year I left it too late, but on Monday 4 June I got there at about the perfect time. Poppies and corn marigolds are flowering along with sea campion (a coastal version of bladder campion), borage and fields of rapeseed (at least I think that is what it is).  I will create a post about the lovely walk from West Pentire over the headland to Holywell Bay as the views were amazing until the ‘weather’ came in but for now enjoy this spectacular early summer sight.

We parked the car near the Bowgie Inn, £2 for 4 hours which isn’t bad, then set off in brilliant sunshine and blue sky to seek out the wild flowers. Not far down the lane and you have the first glance of a field of poppies next to a wooden barn. A little further on the poppies share with rapeseed, corn marigolds and barley. We headed around the Pentire Point West and then down to Polly Joke beach, walking along the beach until we reached a path next to a little stream which headed up and onto Kelsey Head from where we got a view across the valley to the wild flower fields (header image and below).

“But pleasures are like poppies spread, You seize the flower, its bloom is shed.” ~ Robert Burns

The fields where the bright red poppy and the vivid yellow corn marigold grow together are the most arresting sight. It was a very windy day so I was unable to get any clear close-up photos, but I am sure you will agree that the swaying fields full of wildflowers are quite dramatic. In the early hours of Tuesday morning we experienced heavy rain and thunderstorms where I live which I suspect moved northwards up to this coast. This may result in even more flowers blooming over the next week or so. All we need now is more sunshine.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #48 | Wild


  1. Su Leslie says:

    So beautiful Jude. One of those lovely English sights I do rather miss.

    1. Heyjude says:

      A rare sight Su, though the wild flowers along here are pretty wonderful even when the poppies have finished: it is a lovely place.

  2. bushboy says:

    Ever so lovely Jude 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s wonderful Brian, and with sea views too!

      1. bushboy says:

        All the better 🙂

  3. Tish Farrell says:

    Land as art. Marvellous.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well said Tish!

  4. Sue says:

    Ah, glorious dancing poppies, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I felt like dancing when I saw them Sue. I think I walked around the headland and the fields with a big grin on my face!

      1. Sue says:

        Good for you, Jude! We all need to keep smiling

    2. Heyjude says:

      No horrible crowds of people either like you get at Chelsea 🙂

      1. Sue says:

        I haven’t been to Chelsea for years, alas

        1. Heyjude says:

          I have never been and never will now. Too crowded, too expensive.

        2. Sue says:

          Too expensive and very crowded, yes….and too much walking for me, so all things conspire against me returning

  5. beetleypete says:

    That’s just perfect, Jude. Well done for picking just the right time too. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Luck really Pete – I was too late last year so I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss it this year so aimed on visiting each week from the end of May. Glad we went on Monday as it has been rather wet since!

  6. myplaidheart says:

    Poppies are such a happy flower. Beautiful.

  7. Joanne Sisco says:

    If the photos are any indication, the actual sight of these fields of red and yellow had to be breathtakingly beautiful! What a stunning sight! No wonder then that you would be so eager to make a special trip to see them.

    1. Heyjude says:

      They were pretty magnificent Jo, especially when we first got there when the sun was shining. I had no idea they would be so glorious. The sea views are pretty spectacular also!

  8. Lynn says:

    A number of years ago we had the pleasure of seeing the poppies all out in bloom when were were in France. It is a stunning sight to see! Seems a very fitting post with D-day being tomorrow.❤️

    1. Heyjude says:

      I am in two minds over the D-Day celebrations given how many died in those landings. I would expect a rather more sombre commemoration of the event rather than all the pomp and ceremony going on here.

      1. Lynn says:

        Yes, just saw some of the ceremony with the Queen & ensemble. I suppose they feel it is important to recognize those lost to such a horrific day in history although I share your sentiment of perhaps a more somber celebration.

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