For over a month now we have been seeing the beautiful blue of Meconopsis flowers in the borders. All the plants are new this year, some grown from seed, some new hybrids bought from specialist growers which formed part of last year’s Christmas present from himself, the undergardener! The first to flower were Meconopsis baileyi, formerly M. betonicifolia.
I planted out 5 small plants of Meconopsis Lingholm which I grew from seed, but none have decided to flower this year, hopefully I won’t lose them over the winter and I’ll be able to enjoy them flowering next year.
A few of the new hybrids didn’t flower this year, so next year should be even better! I have been cutting back the branches of the Chestnut tree which overhang the border where I’ve put the hybrids so that they will get more light. There is still a lot of work needed in the new bed which will have more plants than just Meconopsis. I think white foxgloves at the back will make a nice contrast as they flower at the same time and then I must have interest at the front for different times of year. I think this is an opportunity for more hostas, ferns and heuchera combinations, plus spring bulbs, but I think that will have to wait until autumn now as there are other jobs that are more urgent, like catching up with all the weeds which are appearing in the rest of the garden faster than I can pull them out!
I will now be watching for seedheads forming so that I can increase my numbers of Meconopsis, one plant flowering is lovely, but a drift – that is pure heaven!