There’s no denying that our terrace could do with weeding: however, the occasional interloper like this one makes me smile.

Red opium poppy growing between paving stones

A self-sown scarlet opium poppy has made its home amidst the moss between our paving stones; I love its miniature form in this rather inhospitable location.

Self-sown scarlet opium poppy between paving stones; shadows and light

This splash of colour looked particularly dramatic as the sun slipped below the roof of the house and the shadows began to creep across the terrace.