The good news is that the wonderful Himalayan Blue Poppies ( Meconopsis “Lingholm”) are blooming at Longwood Gardens! The bad news is that most of us will never be able to grow them in our gardens unless a hybridizing miracle takes place.
These true blue poppies are featured each March in Longwood Gardens’ conservatory and are quite temperamental about their growing conditions. Discovered in the Himalayan Mountains, the poppies require a cool, moist northern clime. Unless you are in Northern areas of the US or Europe, growing them might be a fruitless quest.
So, for a brief two-week period, I can dream about growing blue poppies and see the real thing beautifully displayed. Here are some of the pictures I took yesterday. They may be delicate, but the blue poppies are certainly photogenic!
For lots more on the history and breeding of Himalyan Blue Poppies, check out this blog post by Juergen Steininger, who oversees the blue-poppy growing program at Longwood Gardens!