I must admit to being a little flummoxed when folk talk of “plant associations”. We are not talking about The Clubmoss Society or the Association of Pennywort Fanciers but how individual plants work with others in the garden. It is basically a poncy way to say “they go well together”. I agree that it is important to arrange things so they do not clash or smother but rather enhance, ensuring the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. My point is whether or not it is a science to be studied and be debated upon for hours on end or something that comes with experience, naturally or by chance. This Papaver bracteatum is growing behind the flowering Euphorbia “Ascot Rainbow” and one of its lax stems is using its neighbour as support. A association made in heaven and not one planned by man nor beast.