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Meconopsis Sheldonii — 16 Comments

  1. I love the blue poppies and have tried starting seed and buying the plants – they just don’t love me back, so I have to enjoy them in other people’s gardens. Very nice photo.

  2. Wow, am I ever impressed… growing meconopsis is considered the ultimate gardening achievement by many who garden here in the states… I do recognize that climate is a huge factor with them, but none the less… this is a two ‘wow’ response.
    As far as photography, I always take my photos at the highest resolution as you never know how you may want them to be used in the future… for example, I like creating/’publishing’ ‘books’ that I share with others as gifts. When it comes time to post photos on the blog, I always ‘sign’ the photos in photoshop, resave to i-photo, resize the photo so as to allow them to load much more quickly and not take up so much space… this is simple and reasonably quick to accomplish on my Mac computer. Larry

  3. Hi Alistair, you are clearly blessed with a north Scottish climate, the blue poppy struggles to survive down here in southern England. Regarding photos I would agree with Larry, shoot big but upload small to quicken the time it takes for folk to open your post…lovely photo of your cat, he looks very cosy!

  4. Dear Alistair, I know that it is wrong to ‘covet thy neighbour’….but, oh how I should love to be able to grow the elusive [for me] Blue Poppy. I am not surprised that your Meconopsis stop visitors in their tracks, for I am always in awe when I see these glorious plants. In fact, it is true to say that, to date, I have always seen the best examples in Scotland where there seems to be no difficulty in producing drifts of them………I can but dream……

  5. Alistair, Now I am really upset with you for telling us about growing this blue poppy so nonchalantly as if it happened every day—it’s worse than bragging outright. Of course, you are aware that we couldn’t even think of growing this plant in most of the US, including the mid-Atlantic where I garden. What will you highlight next, blue corydalis? Please take pity on us. (You know I am joking of course.) Carolyn

    • Carolyn, yes we have had the blue corydalis a number of years ago now. we removed it because we did not think it was all that special. You have encouraged me to give it another go.

  6. Alistair I love blue and I love flowers but a cat wins out for me every time, I love her chosen spot,
    re photos I think it is persomal choice at what mp you shoot at and can vary depending on what you are taking, up load at a low mp not only so that web pages load quicker but also to stop unscrupulous people printing your photos as their own, signatures can be erased by clever computer people, it’s harder to increase photo quality for print, Frances

  7. I’d just like to echo others in saying that this lovely plant can be difficult to establish down here. Glad to know it’s doing well for you 🙂

    And enjoy your camera and your new found love for photography!

  8. +1 for “jealous gardener”!! Beautiful plant, such a vivid blue.

    Also +1 for shoot at highest resolution and then convert for uploading. I shoot in .raw format too, so that I don’t get any image compression until I am processing the shots. I then use Adobe Photoshop Elements to tweak the .raw shot if necessary and then resize the images. I always keep the original, then if I am uploading to the blog do any cropping etc. then convert to 92dpi (highest resolution you need for a screen currently) and whatever size I need for where it is to go. I have a Panasonic FZ30. If I am using the photo for e.g. a birthday card I savea copy at a higher resolution so as not to lose detail or gain noise. Enjoy!

    • Hi Cat, some of the plants which I feature were in the garden in previous years. This one eventually burned itself out, but I am going to make a point of planting new ones this year.

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