Whilst walking in some newly harvested wheat fields at the weekend, I was surprised to notice many Field Pansy plants amongst the stubble. The Field Pansy (viola arvensis) is a common arable weed which grows on cultivated ground. It’s amazing to think that these plants can survive amongst the wheat without being shaded out but they do. If it weren’t for the bales of straw which we couldn’t resist climbing on, I would never have been in the field to see the pansies! It serves as a reminder that there is a lot of botanical interest out there, it’s just a case of looking carefully.