the poppy fields of Normandy

by Sharon Santoni
[blank]I don’t know if the farmers are being more careful 
with  their spraying but, in Normandy this year, 
we are blessed with abundant poppies .[blank]
[blank]Their bright orange red heads look so pretty sticking up
 between the wheat and barley, or running along the road edge.[blank]
[blank]And strangely enough, there is a field where
 they have taken over completely. [blank]
 A red triangular field, guiding
 us home like a phosphorescent beacon.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend, 
thank you for reading me this week.


Karen June 15, 2013 - 1:26 pm


Nancy June 15, 2013 - 1:37 pm


Thank you for feeding my France craving on a regular basis. 🙂

An Eye for Detail June 15, 2013 - 1:56 pm

I was just in Provence two weeks ago and saw, for the first time, the poppy fields! I had never been there at that time of year. Gorgeous, just beautiful!!

Jenny Short June 15, 2013 - 2:09 pm

Beautiful. I hope some are still there when I drive to Normandy July 21st. We're taking the coastal route from Holland and Belgium. xo Jenny

Jennifer @ Vintage Finds June 15, 2013 - 2:23 pm

So stunning and beautiful. And the beauty goes on for field after field! Jen x

Karen L. Bates June 15, 2013 - 2:24 pm

Just stunning….so beautiful, love it. Thanks.

La Table De Nana June 15, 2013 - 2:34 pm


**Anne** June 15, 2013 - 2:39 pm

It's lovely to see those poppy fields again after enjoying them so much last year.
Anne xx

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest June 15, 2013 - 3:34 pm

WOW, they are absolutley stunning.

Also, looks like a spam comment just ahead of mine.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Katherine June 15, 2013 - 3:44 pm

I love poppies – there pretty heads perking up off of long stems. I plan to put the pink poppies in my new garden.
We were in France and stayed at Hostellerie de Levernois in the fall – I was surprised to see poppies in the field outside our bedroom window at that time of the year. It was a memorable sight.

manuela carvalho June 15, 2013 - 3:46 pm

Olá! É tudo absolutamente maravilhoso!

Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon June 15, 2013 - 3:55 pm

We have poppy fields here, but I believe yours are prettier.

Virginia June 15, 2013 - 4:04 pm

I think a poppy take over is a good thing!
Bon weekend,

Chicatanyage June 15, 2013 - 4:14 pm

Aren't they glorious. We have them in the hedgerows in the South. They are more abundant than I remember from previous years. So bright and cheerful.

Une femme June 15, 2013 - 4:44 pm

What fabulous pictures! I'd love to see Normandy during poppy season.

Mary June 15, 2013 - 6:51 pm

I remember seeing the sudden burst of red poppy fields in France one year when we were traveling by car in June. Beautiful. But, I couldn't help but also be reminded that the red poppies were a symbolic representation of all the blood shed in the fields of France during WWI in France. And, to be thankful that my Father came home from WWII after having served in France and Germany. Thank you for all of your inspiring posts, Sharon!

Lise-Lotte June 15, 2013 - 6:59 pm

Absolutely stunning!
Thank you–happy weekend

Emm June 15, 2013 - 10:47 pm

Just beautiful, and quite magical. Now I'm wondering if your road is paved with yellow bricks.

elizabeth June 16, 2013 - 12:15 am

I love poppies! Thank you for the beautiful pictures. You are so lucky to have them close by!

Anonymous June 16, 2013 - 12:45 am

How beautiful! I love poppies. Hi Sharon thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs. Hope you have a great weekend. Regards Esther from Sydney.

Kathryn Bechen Ink June 16, 2013 - 1:13 am

So beautiful! Reminds me of that one Monet painting! Blessings on your beautiful French Country home from Kathryn in California.

My Little Home and Garden June 16, 2013 - 4:38 am

Here I was, thrilled to bits about my first peach-coloured poppy opening today. How wonderful it must be to see a field of them!


Botanic Bleu June 16, 2013 - 5:33 am

For years I traveled to France in the summers as a chaperone with American high school students. We traveled all over France in a tour bus, and each year I eagerly looked for the first poppy of that year's trip. They grew along the highways, in the ditches, on tops of rubble near parking lots, and in the wheat fields. Of course, the farmer's do not like poppies growing in their wheat fields, but spotting the first poppies in the fields was somewhat of a ritual for me. Once I had seen the poppies and ate my first tarte-au-fraise each summer, I felt like my trip to France was a success. Everything beyond those two things were just fabulous extras that made that year's trip unique. One of my favorite photos of my sister and me is of us sitting in a patch of poppies that were growing along side the road in France. The tour bus driver pulled the bus over to let all of us take photos. What great memories.

Thank you for taking me along with you for a tour of the poppy fields near you. It's almost as though I were in France this summer.


Botanic Bleu June 16, 2013 - 5:36 am

yikes, an apostrophe error…how I hate them…"farmers do not like poppies…', NOT farmer's.


Gwyn Monroe June 16, 2013 - 6:39 am

So beautiful! Your photos remind me of the gorgeous poppy field paintings by Monet.
Your blog is lovely, and I always enjoy visiting you! 🙂 Gwyn

Colleen Taylor June 16, 2013 - 6:40 am

Brilliant, one of my favorite flowers.

martinealison June 16, 2013 - 7:48 am

Je suis tout à fait d'accord avec vous, cette année les coquelicots sont un enchantement…
Merci de partager avec nous vos magnifiques photos.
Gros bisous

Anonymous June 16, 2013 - 8:16 am

Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your beautiful France with us!

Pat F.
Las Vegas, NV USA

vicki archer June 16, 2013 - 9:16 am

A wonderful show Sharon… ours are not so spectacular this year… Funny little things the poppies… every yera it's completely different… you never know where they will pop up… xv

Barbara Lilian June 16, 2013 - 9:50 am

How lovely your poppy fields look. Not so plentiful around the Haute-Vienne. I've been scattering poppy seeds I've collected around the field next to where I live, but no success as yet.maybe one day I'll see a little red flower bloom.

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic June 16, 2013 - 4:08 pm

Absolutely gorgeous!!


Sara.RêveBlanc June 16, 2013 - 4:19 pm

Adoro i papaveri…..
Queste tue foto li mostrano nella loro totale bellezza!
un abbraccio

hopflower June 16, 2013 - 5:00 pm

I am with you there. I hate the lazy attitude toward language. One sees more and more of it, too.

Julia June 16, 2013 - 5:35 pm

I think I read somewhere that poppies grow well when the soil has been disturbed, which is why they bloomed so abundantly after the graves were dug at the end of the first world war.

Regardless, I always expect to see a great many poppies in Normandy, it is fitting, isn't it, and poignant?

Marina Pérez June 16, 2013 - 7:02 pm Reply
Naperville Now June 16, 2013 - 10:10 pm

it's like being in one of Claude Monet's paintings. thank you.

Sammy June 16, 2013 - 10:24 pm

Amazing. I can't even grow a tiny patch of them.

Anonymous June 16, 2013 - 11:53 pm

I live inbetween Gasny and Gisors. We're wondering if they don't mix in the poppy seeds with some of the crops since certain fields look like it's spread evenly. Another thing: try picking these for a bouquet – the petals start dropping off before you even get them in a vase!

Magnolia Verandah June 17, 2013 - 1:27 am

This looks spectacular, poppies always move me to think of those fallen ANZACs.

Anonymous June 17, 2013 - 3:22 am

I love poppies. Unfortunately, they will not grow due to the clay soil in the area of the country where I live. I would love to be able to grow them in my garden.

Atlanta, GA USA

Karyn June 17, 2013 - 5:12 am

Stunning pictures , thankyou so much for sharing them. You really bring a sense of being there.
It warms my heart.
Karyn x

Vicki June 18, 2013 - 12:11 am

Such beautiful photography, Sharon. Thank you for sharing. I'm from California and the poppy is our state flower. In the south, we are in such
a bad drought that I've seen very few blooming in the wild and, heartbreakingly, the deer are coming down out of the canyons and into our yards, desperate for anything green-growing and also water for survival. Our poppies here bloom most prolifically in April-May of a good year. In my area, they tend to be more of a yellow-orange than the red-orange. What I've been enjoying so much, all of June, is our gorgeous purple jacaranda trees. They are so forgiving…no moisture, and still blooming faithfully everywhere in town. Their purple ranges from a pinky-lilac to a blue-lavender and I am enamored with them, always. The best and tallest trees grow at the oldest properties, at least over one hundred years in age. Even a straggly jacaranda will still try to bloom its heart out. From the hills above, they are a sea of purple glory at or above the roof lines. Clever homeowners plant purple agapanthus at their feet. A floor-to-ceiling purple haze.

Vicki June 18, 2013 - 12:28 am

Count me in. There is an appalling trend…well, it's no longer a trend but a reality…of bad spelling, bad punctuation, bad grammar, bad sentence structure, bad-what-have-you in internet language, no matter if it is on home pages, blogs, retail sites, etc. Mind-blowing; as bad as the children who can no longer write because they are only accustomed to clicking. A very refined lady who I like a lot…quietly classy and not a nose-in-the-air snob or arrogant…works in a doctor's office and recently told me that she is finding more and more patients, children and adults, who can't even speak properly because they are too used to only texting (rather than having proper face-to-face conversations with good discourse and appropriate manners). What's happening to us?

Barbara June 23, 2014 - 11:21 pm

Just returned from an eighteen- day visit with a family in Normandy and was struck by the beauty and abundance of the vivid red poppies, the blue flax blooms and the roses.

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