Looking back through old photographs of my Meconopsis Lingholm, this year they are four weeks later to flower than in 2011, I can’t believe that they were in flower half way through April that year. Even though they are later, there is still that sense of anticipation, while waiting for the buds to split and show the first hint of the electric blue that they are famous for. Such a beautiful turquoise blue, I don’t think any other flower has the same shade of blue. I think it looks especially lovely against the acid green of the Euphorbia palustris planted at the back of the bog garden.
The top one is looking rather wind burnt from the gales last weekend, they do like to be sheltered, I thought they were, but obviously not enough.
Even the backs of the flowers are beautiful.
More flowers are opening in the bog garden, keeping the Meconopsis company.
Seedlings of Primula Postford White makes a good companion for the Meconopsis, flowering at the same time.
They do go well together. All these Meconopsis and the primulas are from seed. The Meconopsis seed was saved in 2012 and were planted out last year as plug plants, I have 13 plants from lots of seed. Seed saved last year which I was hoping to plant out this autumn, unfortunately have been a disaster, I think I will only have 4! I’m not sure if it was the compost I used or the fact that we didn’t have a frost all winter. I normally leave the seed tray outside for them to get frosted, but it just didn’t happen this winter. Maybe in future I could put half the seeds that have been sown into a poly bag and put them in the freezer for a couple of days, that might do the trick if we don’t have a frost again next winter.
The few that I have are very precious and are the first plants I go to see each morning while they are flowering, I get immense pleasure from them, all because they are such a heavenly shade of blue!