Back in early November a poppy plant bloomed which had self sown. The plants from my father in law which I planted last year hardly grew at all, but must have at least sprinkled out some seeds from the couple of flowers they had. This plant was a complete surprise - it must have been growing in a perfect spot as it grew to shoulder height! Oh, and btw, it is an opium poppy, but an ornamental sub-type called papaver peoniflorum, which is a common cottage garden plant.
The first flowers were like beautiful big pom-poms, then there was a succession of lovely flowers. The last flush of flowers were strange - pale pink and only lasted half a day. I was lucky to get some photos of them!