Steve and I were showing my son around Tasmania and decided to take a “short cut” home through some eucalyptus plantations and aside from getting hopelessly lost we came across an opium poppy field (they grow poppyseeds here in Tassie as a legal crop) that had no fence at ALL but a single rusted gate propped up on some old stones that had a sign that said “keep out no Trespassing…shut the gate”. I don’t know whether it was to satisfy some government official but never let it be said that Tasmanian’s don’t have a sense of humour 😉
Interesting. I didn’t know Tasmania grew poppy seed. How do they keep meddling people from getting into the fields and milking poppies for their somniferous sap?
They shoot them. Seriously though, they don’t. The poppies grow in fields on the side of the road (so do hops, maybe that’s why native Tasmanians are so laid back? 😉 ) and the poppy seeds go everywhere. It’s illegal to have them in your garden but they grow all over the road verges and are lovely flowers. My friend (a horticultural lecturer) grew a mass of them in her back garden because she liked them :).
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