In my last post I was talking about some of my favourite plants from yesteryear. Since then I have developed a soft spot for Opium poppies (Papaver somniferum), which can be grown legally here in the UK. In fact, this impressive view is a field of poppies being grown commercially by a farmer in Oxfordshire – they will be harvested and turned (via an industrial process) into diamorphine, a painkiller in high demand in the NHS. To do that you require a license from the Home Office.
Gardeners are more likely to cultivate Opium poppies for their stunning flowers, and their edible seeds, but perhaps not on this scale 🙂