Tuesday, 18 June 2013

It's Blue!

After a couple of years of abject failure in the Meconopsis department I finally managed to get one to flower. And what a magnificent flower it is.

I really thought this Meconopsis was an Alba variety yet thankfully it opened up in electric blue. It is in one of my shade containers and seems perfectly happy there. Now I will have oodles and oodles of fresh seed to experiment with. Buying seed has not been very productive, it was never fresh enough to germinate but that should not be the problem this time. I just can't stop looking at them.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Shadow Boxes

My shady containers have really come into their own this year. Proving that you can brighten up those dark corners magnificently. This one features two Epimedium which just have the cutest flowers. Omphalodes cappadocica 'Starry Eyes' just keeps  on flowering and the maidenhair fern provides great foliar interest. Even the Armeria maritima is in bud at the moment. 

Both the Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' and the Meconopsis are doing really really well. I added a red Lily of the valley for good measure. The Meconopsis is full in bud and I secretly hope it is the normal blue variety and not the white. 

Phlox Saphire cushion is finally resembling a saphire cushion. I never thought it would flower this well considering how little sunlight it gets. The Corydalys craigton blue is coming along nicely and I added a little violet violet for good measure. 

If you want to see how sad and empty these looked last year check out this link.

Couldn't be happier with this lot.