Branklyn Garden in Perth holds the National Collection of Meconopsis. Moreover in May and June the borders are full of different shades of those elusive and connoisseur blue poppies.
What’s in a name?
John and Dorothy Renton created the woodland garden at Branklyn in the 1920’s. As the garden grew they became keen plant collectors growing most of their plants from seed sourced from Tibet, China and Bhutan.
|Blue meconopsis poppies growing in front of the Renton’s home at Branklyn Garden|
Dorothy germinated the seeds successfully. Then she planted the best ones in the garden.
|Genus: Meconopsis in the Papaveraceae family|
They also gave some of the seed to Jack Drake who owned Drake’s Nursery at Aviemore in the foothills of the Cairngorm mountains. After World War II only 6 of plants raised by Jack from that seed had survived. From those Jack selected the best to propagate from and by the late 1940’s the first blue meconopsis poppies were commercially available in the UK.
|In the wild blue yonder – blue meconopsis poppies|
Dorothy wasn’t as famous as Gertrude Jekyll. However she was also a renowned and award winning plants woman of her generation.
Furthermore she left us a wonderful legacy of plants to enjoy from her garden at Branklyn. The National Trust of Scotland have nurtured and added to the collection ever since they were bequeathed the garden in the late 1960’s.
Blue Meconopsis Poppies
|Meconopsis growing alongside acers and primulas|
Today the Perthshire garden contains five different Meconopsis species. Along with 25 cultivars in various colours which range in sizes from 30 cm to 2 m tall.
|Meconopsis ‘Dorothy Renton’|
|Meconopsis ‘Dorothy Renton’
|blue Meconopsis poppies growing alongside hostas|
|Meconopsis growing down by the pond in amongst the astillbe, iris, lilies and the Himalayan lily – Cardiocrinium|
|various shades of blue|
|growing alongside lilies|
I hope you enjoyed having a little glimpse of the Perthshire wild blue yonder. There’s more here: How to Grow Meconopsis Poppies.
In addition there’s also slideshow that you might be interested in viewing. It shows the meconopsis species growing in their Himalayan habitat by Toshiro Yoshida including some in bloom while still covered in snow.