At the beginning of May I was full of hope for my Meconopsis, lovely fat buds swelling nicely. Quite a few plants performing well so far, gorgeous flowers in that magical shade of turquoise, then suddenly, gale force winds from the north and east. These winds usually only come from that direction during the winter. As well as the winds we had torrential rain for goodness knows how many days, and when I looked at my poor flowers, what a disappointment. They looked so battered and wind burnt, not the least bit like I expected them to. However, the weather changed, the wind dropped, the rain stopped, the temperature rose and they started all over again.
More buds started to open, throwing off the furry outer casing, as if they found their overcoat too hot now that the warmer weather had arrived.
Free at last, a quick shake of the tissue paper petals and this flower will be open for business.
One by one more flowers opened in that beautiful shade of blue that I love so much.
Even though we don’t have the masses of blue that I was looking forward to, each one is so beautiful.
Just as well the flowers hang downwards for the petals to protect the pollen through all the rain we had, mind you, there weren’t many bees out when the weather was so bad.
I don’t think I will ever loose my excitement at seeing each flower open, or I hope I never do.
Stunning with the light coming through the petals.
The petals are quite purple where they join the stem, can you see how hairy the stem is?
Sometimes the flower turns out to be purple instead of blue, still a lovely flower, but not my favourite blue!
A few more flowers open each day now, just as the original ones go over and we are left with the seed heads.
These are the little beauties that I am pinning all my hopes on for next year. The seedlings are now growing strongly and have been moved out of the greenhouse , round to the back of the garage in the shade. Having lost all my seedlings last year, due to mildew, I don’t intend to make that mistake again, so they now have plenty of cool air around them.
Now we have the hairy seedheads which will be left until they go brown and start splitting. The seeds will be emptied into an envelope and stored in the fridge until it is time to sow them in January next year.
The disappointment of earlier has now gone and I am delighted with the flowers that I have left.