My Bachmans store has the blue poppies- they are 2.99 for approx 10 seeds.
I have seen them on ebay too- like 4 something for 50 seeds.
I did buy the ones from Bachmans and will be trying them out. Supposed to be a bit hard to germinate I've heard. The directions on the package didn't look like it was that hard, though it said to not let them bloom the first year or until the plant is well developed. hmmm bummer have to wait a year to see them.
Poppysue, they freeze to the ground at 30 degrees. I'm planning on treating it like my brugmansias...cool greenhouse in the winter. I wonder if it would bonsai? Might be neat. Here's another link about growing it. http://www.greendealer-exotic-seeds.com/seeds/PrideofBarbados.html
Since I have 9 of them, I might try leaving one outside and protect it during the winter to see what happens.
From what I have studied about that beautiful Himalayan poppy, it needs cool moist climates. Even Park's advises that it is not for hot, dry climates. So I must admire it from afar like the Lily of the Valley. Sigh...
Thank you very much for the invitation, Karma, but I don't transplant well at all. I tried living in the mountains of Northern New Mexico years ago and made it nine months. It started a blizzard March 22 and I left for Texas. Maybe with the help of Dave and his gardeners, our gardens will eventually merge...yeah, I know, big dreamer. "Shine on you crazy diamond!"
i have the mec sheldonii and bentifolia in flower at the
moment ,they are in partial shade and are an awesome plant.
the likw well drained soil.
they grow in the mountains in China on the side of hills and by streams in full sun , but there again well drained and the due get frozen in the winter. try them under a bush the reward is worth it