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Himalayan Blue Poppies

by Cliff Sharples (chief cultivator)

Himalayan Blue Poppies in my garden
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It's out of season, but Daylilyjoy's post about Clarendon made me think of my favorite blooms that I look forward to all year.

We all have our favorites, even though every plant in our gardens are loved. For me, it is our Himalayan Blue Poppies (Meconopsis x sheldonii 'Lingholm'), which I have wanted to grow ever since I started my first garden. Alas, living in Austin, Texas for many years, this was just not in the cards. We have lots of poppies down in Texas that are great, but this particular plant remained out of our grasp. When we had, Our editorial team took an image of a blue poppy for a feature story which became one of our signature images, plastered on posters and in our magazine, and it only made me want to grow one more...

Well, when we moved to Seattle, I finally had the garden conditions that made my dream a possibility. It took a couple of years to construct our courtyard, get the hardscaping complete and prep the soil. In a shady back corner, behind a beautiful Giant Weeping Sequoia that my wife and I bought to celebrate our 10th anniversary, we planted two blue poppies in early spring. Beginners luck on our side, the plants took root and flourished. Each year, it comes back stronger and stronger sending up a handful of delicate, beautiful pale blue petals. I look forward to the show every year, going out in the garden at least once a day to say hi!

Ah, dreams of spring already!


poppies, himalayan blue poppies, Perennials, shade loving


Beautiful plant! I just love the light blue flowers! Wish we could grow those here!
Daylilyjoy commented on 10/11/09