Should we really be seeing this? I wouldn’t have thought so. May/June is when I would normally expect to see Meconopsis flower in my Perthshire garden here in Scotland. Until now I have only had the very popular blue variety more commonly known as the Blue Poppy which is quite stunning seen here back in June. I’m excited about adding some new colours with it and the first has definitley not disappointed!
Don’t get me wrong I am absolutely thrilled to see this first flower on a young plant only two months in my garden. However, I have to say it always unnerves me a little to see plants flowering out of season. My thoughts then go to the stats guys collecting data on global warming.
Usually we wouldn’t expect to see the flower looking as it is displayed in the photo above either. This single flower of Meconopsis x cookei was seen facing downwards after the rain yesterday like a tiny pink umbrella. I lifted it up and tucked it through fronds of a fern leaf when the sun came out to see inside for a photograph.
In all honesty, I nearly missed this flowering first! With my daughter still on school hols we’ve been out and about. I’ve not had a huge amount of time in my garden and with the rain showers haven’t ventured out with my camera much recently.
Don’t you think dark flowers and foliage look wonderful with raindrops on them? Then when the sun bursts through the clouds it then changes the mood of the garden completely. Wonderful light and shade bounce through and across both foliage and flowers.
Yep… as the flowers lift slowly towards the warm sunlight they are open for business for the insect diners like the hoverflies and bees. Cafe open now 😉
Beside my August flowering Meconopsis, in their correct flowering season, my Japanese Anemones have many flower buds soon to open. As with the Meconopsis, I always look forward to seeing the Anemones come into flower.
The first white Anemone below was almost hiding from my camera on Monday. I’ve had white ones for a few years now and have been successfully propagating them by gently lifting rooted offsets from around the edge of main parent plant. They can take perhaps 2-3 years to flower so I’m expecting a good display this year.
I’m also expecting a good display of pink flowering Anemones this year. I’ve the first flower from them at the moment too. Last year I bought a few plants at an end of season sale at a local garden centre. The plants looked a bit sad but I had faith that they would be happy once planted and would come back this year and flower for me. I can’t wait to see the full display.
I have to ask now… is there anyone else out there with a Meconopsis in flower at the moment? Also, any thoughts on why my young plant is flowering now? To be honest I didn’t expect any flowers even next year. I think I’ll ask around the forums.
If you want any further reading on the Meconopsis there is website, The Meconopsis Group. I never knew that until I was looking for info on my plant and this post. I think I’ll drop them an email to see what they think and will update this post with their response and any from the forums.
Oh… for anyone interested, I should add that there is a link to Seed Exchange on the Meconopsis website and members are not restricted to the UK. It isn’t expensive to become a member. Take a look at the Membership Application Form for prices. Looking through the info on this website I might join myself.
Finally, I’d also like to ask… what flowers are you eagerly awaiting in your garden at the moment? What are your favs at this time of year 🙂
All photos above were taken in my garden on August 9th 2010.