SU2774 : Wheat, teazles, poppies and mauve flowers, near Preston

taken 8 years ago, near to Aldbourne, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Wheat, teazles, poppies and mauve flowers, near Preston
Wheat, teazles, poppies and mauve flowers, near Preston
The teazles, poppies and knapweed are growing alongside the track back to Preston. The wheat is ripening but probably won't be ready for harvesting for at least another month.

A fellow contributor who kindly identified the knapweed informs me that:

Resembling thistles without prickles, knapweed is widespread in grassland and on roadsides. It has hard, knob-like heads, and in consequence is sometimes called hard-heads. The heads are brown-black and made up of many rows of closely overlapping scales, inside which are red-purple fertile florets.
The stems, which are usually swollen and hollow beneath the heads, are wiry, difficult to pick, and unattractive to cattle. This has made the plant a serioys weed of grassland in some areas. Knapweed was once thought to be able to foretell a maidenís future. A girl would pick a flower and remove the expanded florets, and then put the flower head inside her blouse. After an hour, she would remove it and if the unexpanded florets had blossomed, it was a sign that the man she would marry would shortly be coming her way.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 8 July, 2010   (more nearby)
Sunday, 11 July, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 278 743 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:28.0463N 1:36.0192W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 279 743
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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