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The Gardener's Kitchen: The Blue Poppy

Updated on August 14, 2011

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.

The beauty of the flower makes the Himalayan Blue Poppy a fine cut flower which can brighten a kitchen table or bring a sense of richness to a dining room centerpiece.


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  • marisuewrites profile image

    marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

    I will !! not fond of stings, yet I know the bees are important, and I love the butterflies and lady bugs...will have to wear gloves to not feel the worms....vital to the success of soil!!

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    If you use plants that are native to the area and plants that are related to those who will attract the wee beasties.

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    marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

    I agree that we need plants for the eyes and nose as well as the body. I love poppies! We'll be in Oklahoma in a few months, and I will refer back to your hubs while we plant our garden!! I want to cultivate the plants that attract butterflies, bees, moths, and other good for the environment insects, perhaps a few ladybugs to eat the aphids on the roses. =)