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'A beautiful coincidence': Rare flower phenomenon helps allotment couple pick the perfect baby name

It just had to be Poppy.

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When allotment members James and Kayleigh were thinking of a name for their second child, it was the suggestion coming from all quarters.

The newborn had been nicknamed Pop in the womb, her three-year-old sister Sylvie wanted her to be called Poppy and it was the top suggestion on the allotment members’ group chat when news of the birth was announced.

Plus the Roots Allotments site in Sugar Loaf Lane, Stourbridge, was packed with poppies – a one-in-five-year phenomenon to have such an abundance of the bright red blooms, according to a foraging expert.