I was absolutely delighted when I strolled through the garden this morning and found that the first blue poppy opened today. It is every bit as gorgeous as I imagined it would be. I was inspired to try a blue poppy (Meconopsis betonicifolia) after seeing the famous Reford Gardens (jardins de metis) display. I started out with just one plant to see if it would be hardy here.
When the plant survived the winter and made it clear that it intended to bloom, I bought another couple of plants to join it and make a little group. The flowers are about 4 inches across and are held in a clump at the top of a stalk that stands about 3 feet tall. Himalayan Blue Poppies are short-lived perennials. They set seed, but have a reputation of being hard to start. I’ll have to give it a try. Meanwhile, I am enjoying today’s bloom.