It’s the time of year when I go looking for that delicious shade of blue in the garden. To start with, in February, looking to see how many plants of Meconopsis Lingholm have survived the winter, then when I can see a cluster of leaves with golden hairs on them, I know that once more we are going to have a splash of kingfisher blue in the border.
From the first buds forming and then starting to open, daily visits are essential.
A lot of mine started opening their buds when they were only a few inches tall, which was a bit worrying, why were they so small?
Being small didn’t detract from the flowers which this year are much later than last year. Then I was posting about them on May 4th, so about 5 weeks behind still.
So far this is all one plant that I have been showing you, the first one to flower. These are from seed that I collected in 2009 and sowed in 2010, and planted out in their final place in 2011. This is their second year of flowering.
Slowly they are all growing, getting taller each day.
At least now they are taller than the cowslips, I was concerned for a while that they were all going to be tiny.
Absolutely stunning and look at all that wonderful pollen, just waiting for a passing bee.
Seed that was collected in 2011, sown in 2012 and planted out this spring have just 2 plants that are flowering, the others hopefully will double up and flower next year. These flower stalks have grown normal size right from the start and have been planted with white candelabra primulas, also grown from seed, for contrast.
More plants flowering now, not quite the drift I am hoping for, but gardening teaches us patience, one day maybe!
There are lots more buds to open yet, so my area of kingfisher blue will continue to delight me for some time to come. Last years seeds were sown in February and they are now nice little plug plants which will soon be planted out to add to the drift which I hope to have in one or two years time. Patience, I will get there one day, because once seen, if you have the right moist, acid conditions, then they are a must have plant!