This time it is Meconopsis betonicifolia that is standing out from the surrounding planting.
These are kept well away from the borders that contain M. “Lingholm” which flowered last month.
I’m hoping that all the bees will concentrate on pollinating M. betonicifolia which is now flowering, rather than visiting old flower heads of M Lingholm, don’t want them cross pollinating.
Some of these flowers seem to have formed flowers with 6 petals – I thought they all had 4- still beautiful, with a bit of a twist to the petals , which makes them look very frilly.
At the moment I am growing 84 seedlings of M betonicifolia and hopefully will plant these out in the autumn in the woodland area.
The flowers of M.betonicifolia are about half the size of M. “Lingholm” , not sure if this is how they should be, I still think they are gorgeous. Definitely a “must have” plant !
Not many people down here in Devon grow Meconopsis, it is usually too warm for them – they do like it cool and moist but well drained. Mine are all planted in the shade with added compost and a leaf mould mulch., they seem to be fine.
The few that I planted in a border around an ancient dead oak were in the shade until we cut a smaller tree down and now they are in too much sunlight. As soon as they have finished flowering they will be moved to join the others that are really happy at the other side of the garden.
I’m now just waiting for Meconopsis grandis to flower – just one plant of this variety – I have been waiting a long time for this flower – 2 yrs ! Will tell you its story when I do a post about it.
I really do love my meconopsis and would hate to be without them. They are more labour intensive than other plants, but I feel so worth the extra time spent on them. Do you have certain plants that you would go the extra mile for ?