In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
~ John McCrae, May 1915
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On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 the guns of Europe fell silent.
or Himalayan Poppy (Meconopsis). It is one of the most beautiful sky-blue flowers around and is quite difficult to grow. You need dappled shade, moisture and make sure it doesn’t dry out in the summer. It is a real head-turner in the garden. Meconopsis grandis, known as the blue poppy, is the national flower of Bhutan.
This oriental poppy has large ruffled papery white flowers with a pink blush and attractive maroon blotches in the centre that gradually fade to white.
Meconopsis produce large disc-shaped flowers in early summer, most famously in deep intense blue, but also in many other colours. They like a cool sheltered site, out of the strongest winds, and a rich woodland soil, in sun or part shade. They are best planted small, in autumn or early spring, so that they are well-established before flowering. They are difficult to grow unless you provide them with the ideal location, but well-worth it if you can.