Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day with Blue Poppies

Himalayan Blue Poppy in bud

This month’s Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day finds me in Boston enjoying our vicarious northern garden.  Specifically my eldest has planted a Himalayan Blue Poppy which came into full flower this weekend.  The blue is spectacular and scarcely to be believed.  This is a flower which is difficult if not impossible to grow in mid-Maryland but I will nevertheless give it a try after seeing it in person for the first time.

Himalayan Blue Poppy (Meconopsis betonicifolia) from the side

Himalayan Blue Poppy (Meconopsis betonicifolia) opening

Himalayan Blue Poppy (Meconopsis betonicifolia)

This is a flower that insists on cool damp locations and the particular specimen that is flowering up here is growing by a small stream.  I think all that I could offer in Maryland would be daily watering…

I was also struck by a lovely Clematis that opened up yesterday — Clematis ‘Niobe’, a lovely velvet red that seems to be vigorously growing on the kids’ fence up here.  Methinks a similar flower would look equally nice in our garden in Maryland.

Clematis 'Niobe'

Back home we have the usual flowers for this time of year growing in abundance — Iris, Roses, Alliums, Clematis, and Peonies.  The Baptisia are getting quite large and having a real impact in the garden.  I noticed before we left that the wild Dame’s Rocket are making a real statement along the roadsides and in our wildflower patch.

Dame's Rocket (Hesperis matronalis) and Blue Flax

But there is no flower that claims the space on May the 15th as much as the Buttercups.  They are everywhere…

Buttercups in abundance

4 comments on “Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day with Blue Poppies

  1. Jan (ThanksForToday)

    Wow, that poppy is stunning! It looks like satin rolled up and tucked neatly into a pod, trying to pop back out. The color is intensely beautiful. I have ‘Niobe’ growing although it hasn’t given out any blooms yet this year. You have some wonderful photos of natives on some of your earlier posts in May! I always enjoy your photography!

  2. Les

    That poppy is one of gardening’s holy grails. Aren’t you glad that your horticultural genes got passed on?

  3. M Light

    The poppy is wonderful! I’d love to be able to grow one, but it would probably have even less chance of survival here in NC.

  4. joco

    However lovely those open poppies are, the bud image is the best.
    That burgundy red of the Niobe is a colour my camara simply cannot capture. It always ends up an untrue scarlet. Yours does show that flower exactly as I see it in reality.
    So many varying steps between what our eyes see and the image on someone else’s screen.