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… the “coquelicots” that bloom in May.

The poppies – why?

Farmers use mild herbicides and spread poppy seeds in the fields to get rid of weeds. And, as they are not allowed to spray within a certain distance of roadways, one still sees banks of poppies along French roads.  Within the Luberon Valley (which includes such poppy magnets such as Bonnieux and Lacoste as well as Roussillon), many farmers practice oganic methods – no herbicides, just poppies and what we call ‘talcum powder’ – a light dusting which keeps the worst bugs away..

 

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