Having waited 2 yrs for this plant to flower, we were waiting with great anticipation when the flower bud was formed and started growing. Having seen the amazing blue of M. betonicifolia and “Lingholm” in other parts of the garden, we knew what to expect – or thought we did –
it turned out purple !!! Out came the books again and yes, it should be turquoise blue, but some are in shades of purple – not so great !
When I looked at it the next day it was still very purple.
However, the day after, there were definitely shades of blue coming from the centre.
One day later and looking more blue. You can see the raindrops on the downwards facing petals, this is why the flowers last much longer than other poppies which face upwards, the rain just runs off instead of shattering the flowers.
More blue coming, and you can even see the raindrops through the petals.
By now, a week later, it is the colour I hoped it would be.
There is now just a hint of purple left round the edge of the petals. It is just as lovely as the other varieties, I had no idea that the flowers would change colour like this – amazing.
Do I have to wait another week for the new flowers to turn blue? I obviously planted it in the wrong place, I thought that the border by the front door was always in the shade, but have found that now the sun is higher in the sky, the poor plant is sitting in the mid day sun where it is too hot for it, will move it in the autumn to a cooler spot and then hopefully it will be the correct colour next year. I think they look better anyway with trees and shrubs around them, not next to the house.
When we bought this plant 2 yrs ago in the Lake District – ( we always seem to come back from holiday with the back of the car full of plants ) we were advised to remove the flower stalk which was about 1 ft tall, to prevent it flowering in its 1st year. The thinking behind this is that the plant would then realise that it is a perennial and not an annual, and therefore not die in its 1st winter as meconopsis sometimes do.
When my husband had finished looking at the book of maps, he then threw it onto the back seat and accidentally decapitated the meconopsis which was behind my seat!! Without realising it, he had done the right thing – would I have cut all the flower buds off – I don’t honestly know. This is why we have had to wait so long for it to flower, last year there was no flower stalk, but it made 3 smaller plants at the base. I will have to wait and see if this is how it increases or if it will set seed – gardening certainly teaches us patience doesn’t it ?!