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22/06/2013 at 12:14

My lovely Meconopsis, the blue Himalayan poppy, which l grew from seed, one is a very deep blue, one is a little lighter and the third is pale blue, all from one half price pack of the seed,


22/06/2013 at 12:46


I AM SO ENVIOUS.  I cannot grow this meconopsis......have tried in several areas of the garden but no success.  Well done Dolly and from seed too.

22/06/2013 at 12:49

looks great

22/06/2013 at 13:09

Extremely well done, I have tried and failed also.

22/06/2013 at 14:28

Well done! Would LOVE to grow this and have tried several times but dont have acid soil which I believe is a prerequisite.....or is that just an excuse??

22/06/2013 at 14:58

Wow they look lovely, never tried the myself but do have slightly acidic soil.

22/06/2013 at 15:37

No Talullah, they need acid soil and shade, good mosture and good humousy soil.  I believe Scotland is,best place to grow them.

22/06/2013 at 16:06

 my soil is  it is built on lime stone, and l live in the midlands, near were hundred or more years ago they dug the limestone out. and they do have sun and a little shade from the l will not let my poppy's know they are growing in the wrong soil. which is very loamy dark soil .the photo really as  not done them justice they are very much more lovely, l will try another  photo as  soon as the other buds come out, so never say you cannot do it, also they do not like pampering,once in the ground leave them. l have grown these before but they died out after a few years and neglect from me hoeing the young seedlings up..

good luck every one who tries.

22/06/2013 at 16:12

Well clearly,have green fingers.  It's funny though because I often "break the rules" about planting and often it pays off.  Yes please, more pics would be appreciated.  

You have encouraged me to try again Dolly

23/06/2013 at 01:15

Well I guess dolly that since you don't pamper them then you don't water them with a sequestered iron solution or any other form of tonic for lime  hating plants? Perhaps your good loamy soil is the answer then. Mine is London clay,  perhaps not yet sufficiently conditioned with organic matter. The site I attempted to grow them in was shady and damp however. Perhaps I need to apply more leaf mould and more neglect!!


23/06/2013 at 11:05

l have lived in my home since 1959, and never changed the soil, it has lime as l said we are on a limestone ridge, l never give them any more than any other plant in my garden, only new soil is the soil that comes with plants that l have rescued from garden centre's when they are selling them cheap, l sometimes throw chicken pellets or growmore apart from that they get nothing,l do water when it has been dry for a long time (some hope any time soon) also l am 77yrs old so all l do is hoe.

 l have taken the photo's with my finepix camera, the weather was just beginning to rain. and so l think they are not too bad.

23/06/2013 at 11:22

Dolly, beautiful, I am dark green with envy  

Some years ago I bought one, cannot remember conditions I put it in, but it died without even having a flower.

23/06/2013 at 13:11

l have seen the prices for these poppy's, l could not afford £12.99 plus postage no matter how much l wanted them.

all l did to grow mine if i remember rightly was to sow the seed in a tray cover them very lightly then tamp them down, l left outside all winter and when they appeared last year l planted them then left them to themselves and was happy to see them grow so fast, also l live in a very high area in the midlands so this might have helped being they come from the himalayas

23/06/2013 at 15:52

They are beautiful Dolly . I think I will try some seeds

23/06/2013 at 15:55

Probably not much point in me trying them then, I live fractionally below sea level!

24/06/2013 at 12:28

go on have a go, look out for when they are selling of seeds.

never say never.

24/06/2013 at 16:55

I'll keep my eyes open for seeds Dolly.

24/06/2013 at 16:58

What a wondeerful colour - I will try to grow as always looking for different shades of blue

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