Bristol, color, Organisation, Poppies, Process

Poppy Time

Cor the poppies are out already! What a surprise I got driving past Eastville roundabout. The best place to find poppies in Bristol. Hundreds and hundreds of poppy plants. I did ten minutes of picking, took them home and filled half of the Sunday paper and an hour of my time lining them up to be pressed for the 3 months they need before they turn beautifully translucent. Another batch for my poppy collection, part of my ongoing poppy project. I have been doing this for 5 years now and have thousands. Soon, it’ll become something but for now I am happy with the collecting and meticulous pressing (each petal needs to be completely flat and intact.)

Photos: Before-the collected petals. Middle-pressing them by lining up in a newspaper. After-incomplete petals and I’ve run out of time. Found-a small section of the crop.

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Poppies

Poppies

I have been collecting poppies for a couple of Summers now, They are so delicate – like the thinnest paper imaginable. My favorite flower by far. Wild flowers are incredible. It is a mission of mine to fine a field of poppies, and spend a few days pressing them, keeping them in a big book until they loose their moisture and then …. well, I don’t know, I haven’t got any further than imagining the joy of collecting them. I think it’s maybe enough to just collect. A poppy museum? I have to sow some seeds after the winter, I want to find some sneaky patches to plant some, where no one will miss them if I pick them. Imagine if you could write on seeds and when the plant grew, it had your words in the petals. That reminds me of those strange ‘grow your own boyfriend’ things you have to soak in water.

Image courtesy of www.coventrybirder.co.uk

The BBC tells you how to grow poppies: “Oriental poppies are easy to grow and almost thrive on neglect.” But I want plain old red ones, they are pretty enough.

So my question is: where can I find a field of poppies this Summer?

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Barfoot and Duggan, Lists

Lucy Lists

I photographed my shopping list collection today, seems a lot smaller than i imagined. Lucy and I are going to do something good with our list collections. Shopping Lists and Things To Do lists. A little exhibition? A massive one? I need to bribe the supermarket trolley staff to save the shopping lists for me. If you have any of the two lists, please save them up for me and post/give them to me. We need lots.

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