May might be Meconopsis time this year, but last year they were flowering at the beginning of April, definitely a month late this year due to our cold, wet spring. Excitement starts as soon as we can see the new growth that has survived the winter.
This is nothing compared to the excitement when we see the first buds forming! All the Meconopsis in this post are the variety Lingholm which are reliably perennial.
It doesn’t take very long before we are shown a hint of that beautiful turquoise colour, daily visits are essential !
Almost there, the petals are crumpled still, like tissue paper, it won’t be long now before they are shaken out to show how beautiful they are. They contrast so well with all the cowslips around them.
Such a beautiful, gorgeous, stunning blue, I don’t have to say that I love them, do I?!
They can take any amount of rain, just as well! Other poppies that look upwards are shattered by any heavy rain, but because Meconopsis hang their heads downwards, the rain just runs off without doing any damage.
Beautiful golden centre. The pollen is kept nice and dry by the downwards facing flower, so is always ready for any passing bee, haven’t seen many of those lately, it has been so cold and wet.
Another flower out today, soon there should be more buds opening, they look so much better when they are flowering in a drift but I was too impatient, wanted to share the first one with you!
When I was very little, many, many years ago there was a popular song ” A lonely little Petunia in the Onion patch” this is a lonely little Meconopsis in the drift of cowslips! It won’t be lonely for very long, there must be at least 15 plants in this area, each with 5 or 6 flower buds, so soon we will have a lovely patch of turquoise blue contrasting with all the cowslips. These plants of M.Lingholm were all grown from seed saved from 2 yrs ago.
At the moment I am growing on 168 tiny meconopsis plants, grown from seed saved from last summer. I did this the year before but lost them all due to mildew unfortunately. I think maybe I kept the small plants too long in the greenhouse, so this year will try to get them out into a nursery bed before the end of June, then next year, hopefully, we will have drifts of them everywhere !
The header photo was taken last year of Meconopsis betonicifolia, grown from seed which I bought in Canada when we visited the Metis garden a few years ago. More seedlings are being grown on, hopefully to be planted in the woodland when large enough, to form beautiful drifts of turquoise blue in the dappled shade, next year.