The Garden in May — Blue!

In 2001 I had a small bed of Himalayan blue poppies (Meconopsis betonicifolia), seven plants in two short rows, all blooming at once.  In a typical case of gardener’s hubris, I didn’t bother taking pictures, thinking there would always be next year. There wasn’t.

Now I have eleven plants, seedlings from a plant of Meconopsis “Lingholm.” They are in a curving single row on the north side of a large magnolia, and eight of them are in bloom. This time I took a lot of pictures, a whole gallery in fact.

What else has been happening? Ducks fighting in the pond, epic struggles with excessive vegetation, tomato plants looking hopeful in their pots, and a new clematis (“Pink Fantasy”).


  1. We took a class in grafting tomatoes and were given two plants apiece to try to grow. The trick is to plant them just below the graft site so roots from the stock plant don’t start to grow into tomatoes. These plants, if they did grow, would revert to the root stock plant and not the grafted one.


    1. I got my original plant from a nursery in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, that has since left the retail trade. I just did a search on “Meconopsis Lingholm plants for sale” and found Far Reaches Farm in Port Townsend, Washington. Their site says they don’t have this species in stock right now, but may have it in the future. There may be others in the search results. It seems quite easy to find seeds for sale, and if you can get fresh seeds, it’s not terribly difficult to grow your own plants. I posted my own technique on my blog. Even though Meconopsis are difficult to keep going, if you have at least one plant producing seeds, you can maintain it in your garden. In fact, given their tendency to die out, I would definitely recommend collecting seeds and sprouting them the winter after you gather them. For what it’s worth, I find “Lingholm” to be a bit more robust than M. betonicifolia.


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