Myth Busted : Blue Poppies

Have you ever grown poppies before?  They have always captivated me mostly because I have such a hard time getting them to grow.  Most gardeners say they are super easy to grow once they are established.  I first fell in love with the poppies in my first home where the previous owner was an avid gardener and left me with the most beautiful garden – that I killed. Today I do have a few poppies growing in my garden that I purchased as plants in 2014 from a garden center but have yet to have luck growing from seed.  In today’s post I’m sharing the most amazing poppy I’ve ever seen as it is featured in Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania.  This Meconopsis was once considered a Myth until they were finally brought to the US and UK.  Blue-poppies are infrequently cultivated outside their native habitat so it is a treat to see them in person.

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Poppies can be difficult to grow (especially this blue variety)  but if give the right conditions they make a spectacular addition to any garden. Longwood uses a growing technique to force the blue-poppies to flower every year in March.  This beautiful blooms is only on display for 10-14 days in March.


Photo Credit : Longwood Gardens 

Have you ever grown Poppies before?  I have a hard time getting them to start from seed but that didn’t stop me when I found someone selling the Himalayan Blue Poppy 20 Seeds – MeconopsisI actually ordered a few to see if I can get them to grow in my Ohio garden and I’ll be sure to keep you posted on my adventure here on my site.

Read more about Meconopsis Group. 

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In 1906, industrialist Pierre du Pont (1870-1954) purchased a small farm near Kennett Square, PA, to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber. Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great horticultural displays, encompassing 1,077 acres of dazzling gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ and 4.5-acre conservatory. Longwood continues the mission set forth by Mr. du Pont to inspire people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education and the performing arts, through programming that includes exhibitions, musical performances by leading artists, renowned horticulture education programs, horticulture research, environmental stewardship and community engagement. Longwood Gardens is open daily (including holidays) and is located on US Route 1 near Kennett Square, PA, 30 miles west of Philadelphia. Admission is $20 for adults; $17 for seniors (age 62+); $10 for students (ages 5–18) or with valid student ID) and free ages 4 and under. Group rates available. Details at      

[alert-announce]Longwood Gardens has been on my list to visit for some time now. I’d love to hear from you if you have visited… maybe you could share with me the best time of year to make the trip to Pennsylvania.

Happy Spring Everyone,




2 thoughts on “Myth Busted : Blue Poppies”

    • I’m not giving up … I struggle with starting the seed in my Ohio garden. I do have an oriental variety that is back up again this year that I purchased from a garden center as a starter plant. I’ve done nothing to it but plant it in a well drained area of my landscape. It finally happen... I grew a poppy in my garden.

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