It's hot today, our thermometer [north facing, never, ever gets sun] is reading 34C. However, by Wednesday the temperatures should have dropped back to the mid 20'sC.
As it was forecast we went out early this morning to water our fruit trees and repeat the same at our neighbour's. They live in Paris and won't be down until the end of July. Watering finished, we noticed that we have 3 quite different poppies.
Coquelicots especially like chalky soil and disturbed ground, which is why you see so many on recently cleared land and in grain fields if they haven't been too heavily treated. This one is just by where the chemin ends and our drive starts. Earlier in the year this was where the tons of sand and gravel for the fosse septique were piled before being used, so it certainly qualifies as disturbed ground.
The coquelicot reminded us that next Friday will be the 95th anniversary of the 1st day of the Battle of the Somme which dragged on until November 1916. More of that another time; not on a sunny day like today.
A little further on is this extremely pretty pale pink frilly specimen. We suspect it is an escapee from the neighbours. Once the seed heads are ready I'll be collecting them. We quite fancy having these in front of the house.
The third poppy is a US transplant. It came in the mix of New England wild flowers seed mix. It's a lovely almost translucent intense pink, but with not a frill in sight.