Blue Poppy, Longwood Gardens Conservatory, Kennett Square, PA
Each spring, for a limited amount of time, you can find blue poppies blooming in the very large conservatory at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. They are always fun to see and photograph.
Subhash Sharma "This beautiful blue poppy (Meconopsis grandis) in the genus Meconopsis of flowering plants (family Papaveraceae) was first described by French botanist Viguier in 1814 who named it as poppy-like (gr. mekon poppy, opsis alike). It is the national flower of Bhutan. although it does not produce opium. In the late spring of 1922, a British Himalayan expedition, led by legendary mountaineer George Leigh Mallory, discovered the plant on their failed attempt to reach the summit of the then-unconquered Mount Everest. The flowers were introduced to much excitement at the Royal Horticultural Society's spring show of 1926. However, since they are difficult to grow, the species has become fabled over the decades. In 2009, horticulturalist and author Bill Terry published his "gardening memoir", Blue Heaven, about the plant."
Mr. Sharma is a Facebook friend from India. He now lives in Dublin, Ireland and frequently comments on my photographs as I post them on Facebook.
Blue Poppy, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USA
Photograph by Dolores Kelley
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