The Gardener's Kitchen: The Blue Poppy
Growing your own food is important; as is saving seeds from what you grow and preserving some of what you grow for future use. These are not only wise actions but are also very useful skills when the economy turns source and things look grim.
However, from where I stand, growing a few flowers that may have only an ornamental function is also important. We say ornamental as if it was a bad word but ornamental is another way of saying something that you look at, something that is in your view and in the case of your home something you see regularly whether it is indoors or out or as in the case of ornamental flowers, both.
I am a huge fan of flowers and they play an important role in the interior design of my home and add beauty to my gardens, I love to spend time outdoors and while I do find vegetables beautiful, I enjoy having flowers to look at and as a bonus, the ornamentals or cutflowers often draw pollinators to the garden and this helps the other plants develop.
In early fall, a friend gave me some seeds she had just purchased. They were Himalayan Blue Poppy (Meconopsis betonicifolia) seeds and she knew I wanted them.
I have a perfect spot alongside my driveway were they should thrive. I planted them shortly after she gave them to me and am eager to see them emerge this spring.
I may find that it would have been best to put them in my refrigerator and wait until mid-May before starting the seeds indoors, but I was eager and willing to take a chance.
The Himalayan Blue Poppy is sometimes referred to as 'Tibetan Blue', is a uniquely lovely perennial plant that is ideally suited for the shade garden. The leaves, which are green, hairy and oblong in shape, are followed by blue flowers, about three inches across.
.The Himalayan Blue Poppy will grow up to 3 or 4 feet tall and produces beautiful 3 to 4 inch silky blooms. The plant will thrive in shade, acid soil and cool, humid conditions
This beauty is not native to North America but finds its home in the Himalayas where it was discovered in 1924.
growing from seed
- Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden Society
Meconopsis are worth a try. Like rhododendrons, Meconopsis prefer acid soil.
- Himalayan blue poppy
Himalayan blue poppy
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