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Title: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: Claire Cockcroft on May 14, 2018, 11:51:57 PM
This is the first Meconopsis aculeata I've grown from seed to flowering.
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: P. Kohn on May 15, 2018, 08:24:46 AM
Very nice. Our batch of aculeata is not quite open here (Sheffield UK) yet but your plant has a better colour than what I grew last year. M. racemosa is in full full flower, though, and is an even better blue. I t seems to be one of the easiest small blue 'alpine' meconopsis species.
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: Maggi Young on May 23, 2018, 07:36:57 PM
"Meconopsis superba from Bhutan starting to flower in woodland Garden. What a majestic white flower and beautiful in leaf also."  John Mitchell  RBGE 

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Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: Maggi Young on May 23, 2018, 08:01:53 PM
Meconopsis 'Marit' from Ian Christie  " very special -yes Meconopsis should be blue -would not be without this one."

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and also from Ian , his very special perennial form of Meconopsis punicea ....

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Meconopsis punicea 'Sichuan Silk' -  the perennial form
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: David Shaw on May 31, 2018, 09:17:07 PM
A new little cutie (for us) is M. yaoshanensis from the seedex 2016/17. There is negligible information on Google but it is obviously of the Horridula group and undoubtedly monocarpic. Just hoping that the local insects find it interesting.
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: Maggi Young on May 31, 2018, 09:54:36 PM
 I see what you mean by not much info around, David!

Section: FORRESTIANAE

    M. forrestii (Type Species)
    M. lancifolia
    M. yaoshanensis    and that's about it.

 John Richards described  it in a blog in 2017  as one of the "most desirable Mecs"  ... but that's all.
It may be that membership of the Meconopsis Group, with access to their reports and  private members' areas might yield  more  details.

Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: arisaema on May 31, 2018, 10:11:11 PM
Full text of the description is available here: http://journal.kib.ac.cn/EN/article/downloadArticleFile.do?attachType=PDF&id=3044 (http://journal.kib.ac.cn/EN/article/downloadArticleFile.do?attachType=PDF&id=3044)
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: Maggi Young on May 31, 2018, 10:39:08 PM
Oh, that's great, Bobo, thank you.  :)
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: David Shaw on June 01, 2018, 08:41:07 AM
Many, many thanks for the link, Arisaema.
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: johnw on June 14, 2018, 05:00:04 PM
Meconopsis 'Jimmy Bayne' buds yesterday at 10:40, picture 1.  Then the temperature shot up to 25c.  Photo 2 taken at 20:24 on the same day. Picture 3 this morning.

johnw - +8c and damp.
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: johnw on June 14, 2018, 05:11:30 PM
Meconopsis 'Slieve Donard' yesterday, such an arresting colour.

johnw
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: David Nicholson on June 14, 2018, 08:32:18 PM
John, what beautiful colour, these really do make we weep. I've tried Mecs a number of times; from offsets that Angie sent me; from plugs a few years ago when Susan Band had some and also from seed. My last try from seed gave me good germination but I lost the ones I had potted on, on the other hand the three I passed on to a friend thrived and indeed flowered this year- but his garden is a lot shadier than mine. I bet Barry Starling's garden has them in spades!

A few weeks ago I went to see Logan Botanic Garden and bought a pot of Meconopsis botanicifolia there. I'm proud to say that it flowered but it doesn't look terribly healthy.
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: Steve Garvie on June 15, 2018, 12:13:26 AM
Meconopsis integrifolia ex Balang Shan, Sichuan. Image taken in mid May.
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Meconopsis henrici -currently in flower.
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Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: Carolyn on June 15, 2018, 09:01:01 AM
Beautiful mecs, Steve, especially henrici - perfect. i hope it is still perfect after yesterday's wind. My mecs and cardiocrinum have been torn to shreds by the wind, which first came from the south then moved to the west to inflict more damage. And we have our garden open on Sunday.....
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: Steve Garvie on June 15, 2018, 11:24:15 AM
Thanks Carolyn.
Sorry to hear about your wind damage. My small garden hasnít suffered too badly other than a few tall blue mecs flopping over in the swirling winds.

Henrici is quite dwarf producing a fairly wind-resistant compact leaf rosette and a series of flowers on sequential multiple basal scapes. Sadly it is monocarpic. I have about 8 unflowered young plants which I plan to plant out in a sunny shale scree raised bed in the hope that I can keep it going from seed.
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: Carolyn on June 16, 2018, 07:01:58 PM
Steve,
The seed exchange would welcome any spare seeds!
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: David Nicholson on June 17, 2018, 07:04:32 PM
...........My mecs and cardiocrinum have been torn to shreds by the wind, which first came from the south then moved to the west to inflict more damage. And we have our garden open on Sunday.....

I haven't seen a weather forecast today so here's hoping that your garden opening went as well you would hope Carolyn. Wish I could have been there.
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: Carolyn on June 17, 2018, 07:34:18 PM
I'm sitting here with my feet up enjoying a quiet cup of tea now.  The weather was cool and grey, but we still had plenty of visitors and sold lots of teas and plants. After two days of gathering up twigs and broken stems after storm Hector, the garden looked reasonably respectable. Our lawnmower broke down last week and the spare part arrived yesterday afternoon. David was out whizzing up and down the lawn at 9.30pm last night, so he got his nice stripes and neat edges after all.
The meconopsis and cardiocrinums look a bit sad, but the David Austin roses are having a good year - wish you could be here to admire them!
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: johnw on July 02, 2018, 06:22:10 PM
First flowering of seed grown Meconopsis which we raised several years ago.  We had about 30 of them but more than half started to flower the next spring, despite cutting off the rising stalks they perished.  The rest were planted out on the coast and the first few are flowering now.  We believe they are M. baileyi, do correct us if we're mistaken.  Ken immediately selfed the white!

Note the two stamenoid blue tassels.  Missed seeing those!

johnw
14c
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: Leena on July 07, 2018, 06:34:42 AM
This Meconopsis was grown from seed ex seeds with a name Meconopsis Barn's ex FBG
It's flowers are very large, and have a purplish tint when they open. It flowers the same time as M.baileyi here but has bigger flowers and a different shade in colour.
It is a very nice Meconopsis.  :)
Does anyone know anything what letters FBG mean or about it's origin?
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: arisaema on July 07, 2018, 07:00:34 AM
Leena; are the seed pods hairy? It looks a bit like the real M. betonicifolia.
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: Leena on July 07, 2018, 08:08:24 AM
Leena; are the seed pods hairy? It looks a bit like the real M. betonicifolia.

I went to look. There was only one seeds pod yet, but here is a picture of it.
Second picture is of a plant which I have grown from seeds which I have thought was M.baileyi (?) and have gotten seeds from a friend here.
Third is 'Hensol Violet' seedpod.
Fourth M.'Lingholm' which has been over for some time.
Fifth is M.integrifolia seedpod (grown from your seed Arisaema  :))
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: arisaema on July 07, 2018, 09:32:21 AM
Here's true M. betonicifolia from Lijiang, there's some similarities to your plant, but the seed pods are completely smooth.
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: Leena on July 08, 2018, 08:57:34 AM
Thank you. :) Seed pods of my plant are more hairy.
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: TC on July 08, 2018, 11:48:56 PM
This weather has been playing havoc with my Mec. seedlings.  They don't like full sun and 27įc heat day after day!  I have to water the pots twice a day and try to shade them but some of their leaves are burnt to a crisp.  It's a full time job also spraying the Cinnabarinum rhododendrons as their leave quickly curl in the heat.  I will have to take up cactus growing if this hot dry spell continues ! 
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: johnw on July 12, 2018, 12:50:37 AM
I can't remember the name of this one for the life of me.  Might someone be able to suggest a name?

john
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: Diane Clement on July 12, 2018, 03:30:40 PM
Does anyone know anything what letters FBG mean or about its origin? 

In the context of Meconopsis, the letters FBG mean "Fertile Blue Group" - the name given to the group of polyploid fertile Meconopsis which arose from the original sterile M x sheldonii (baileyi x grandis).  By far the most common form of FBG is "Lingholm", but there is also "Kingsbarns" and a few others.

There's lots of information on the Meconopsis group website:

Fertile Blue Group (http://meconopsis.org/pages/portraits1.html#fbgroup)

Lingholm genetics (http://meconopsis.org/indivsp/linggenetic.html)


Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: Maggi Young on September 24, 2018, 12:30:10 PM
Pictures from Ian Christie of his  hybrid  Meconopsis  x cookei  'Satin' flowering now - great colour and  the foliage is very different from other M. x cookei
 Meconopsis x cookei 'Satin' leaves are more silvery and a different shape

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Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: Maggi Young on October 21, 2018, 03:43:38 PM
Yesterday's meeting of the Meconopsis Group, held at RBGE, celebrated  their 20th Anniversary -  what was that about time  flying??

Julia Corden commented, "Attending the 20th Anniversary of the Meconopsis Group at RBG Edinburgh - great lectures and catch up with friends"  and  sends this picture of the  celebratory cake .....

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Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: Maggi Young on October 22, 2018, 01:05:57 PM
Sharon Bradley‎, Secretary to the Meconopsis  Group  posted  this yesterday :

"A great day yesterday at The Meconopsis Group Meeting at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Wonderful speakers, very informative. Martin Hajman from Tromso Botanic garden travelled all the way to be with us on our Birthday, 20 years as a Group. Special Birthday cake for the Group provided by Peggy Anderson and Jeannie Jones."

Czech Martin Hajman has worked and lived in Tromso for ages, though he can still be found taking part in the Czech international conferences , where his local knowledge is  appreciated. 
The cakemakers are Peggy  anderson, former SRGC Treasurer and Jeanie Jones, primula  enthusuast, who the other  year  wond  ans SRGC award for her  decorated cake at the AGM!   
So many talented  folks around the SRGC!!
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: Claire Cockcroft on October 22, 2018, 05:26:06 PM
As well as talented cake bakers, Peggy and Jeanie are two of the best travel/trekking companions one can have!
...Claire
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: Maggi Young on October 22, 2018, 06:29:35 PM
Well Claire, these SRGC Women are nothing if not multi-talented!!  8)
Title: Re: Meconopsis 2018
Post by: Lesmona on November 23, 2018, 09:50:39 PM
This is the first Meconopsis aculeata I've grown from seed to flowering.

Stunning, I love it!
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