Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 07/08/2014


Photo taken on June 25, 2014


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Blue in the shade

Blue in the shade
These beautiful Himalayan Blue Poppies seem to grow in the shade, and I never find them easy to photograph. This photo isn't as sharp as I would like it to have been.

"Blue Himalayan Poppies are one of the most impressive plants for the shade garden. Plants form a rosette of hairy leaves, bearing large satiny flowers in an amazing shade of true blue. These are not always easy to please, demanding an evenly moist, rich soil and cool woodland conditions. Plants are not long lived, typically flowering in the second or third year, setting seed, then dying out. Gardeners in hot summer climates seldom succeed with these plants, yet they are surprisingly tolerant of cold winter conditions."

www.perennials.com/plants/meconopsis-betonicifolia.html

I'm posting my photos later than usual this morning, after sleeping in. Yesterday evening, I didn't get home till 10:00 p.m., and so ended up getting to bed in the early hours of this morning. I was out all evening on Don Stiles' annual Bluebird Route trip. Don has been a Bluebird Monitor for about 30 years, so has great experience with Bluebirds - also with Tree Swallows and an occasional Wren that also use the wooden nest boxes! This time, we didn't see any baby Bluebirds, as all the young ones had already fledged and none of the pairs had a second clutch. We did see nest boxes with tiny Tree Swallow eggs in the nest, and also several nest boxes that had baby Tree Swallows in, around 12 days old. One box had 12 babies in - obviously belonging to two adult females! Can't imagine how they will all cope when they get bigger. Another great evening, Don - thanks so much for taking a few of us out with you! Nice to see a very distant Baltimore Oriole - my first for this year - and various other birds, too.

According to the weather forecast, it looks like we are in for more very hot weather - love the sunshine, but can't cope with the high temperatures.

Tanya Cruz, Cats 99, - inactive -, Serafin Camacho have particularly liked this photo


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Cats 99
Cats 99
Though I love poppies of the more traditional colours, these blue ones are not easy to find and they are a refreshing change! I had yellow ones that I kidnapped/rescued from an alley a few years ago. They flowered last year but this year I only have orange ones, and then I also have the other variety of the large red poppies.
3 years ago.
Janano -
Janano -
Lovely , I wish I could grow these but have given up ( for the moment)
Thanks for posting your lovely image Beautiful Flowers
3 years ago.