Location: Tuscany, Italy

May is poppy time in Italy. You don’t have to go far in our neck of the woods to find fields, hedgerows, embankments and olive groves with poppies bursting out of them. The contrast of the vivid red of these paper-delicate flowers with the wonderful green of the countryside is fabulous.

I took these photos in the field immediately below our house, just in time as it turned out since the following day our neighbour, who owns the field, turned up with his strimmer and removed the lot! However, poppies are pretty tenacious as well as widespread – there are plenty more around here safe from strimmers!