Greetings to a fellow Iowa gardener, tweeky! I'm tempted to believe that if I had tried growing Meconopsis this year, I would have been successful, since we had such cool, wet weather. Normally, they can't survive a hot, dry Iowa summer (see my link above). The seed also has to be very fresh. If you'd like to try your luck next spring, you might contact Jennifer (first entry above) or the two sources offered here: http://davesgarden.com/community/trading/search.php?search_t...
I have some fresh, just harvested seeds for Blue Poppies.
The instructions: Keep the fresh seed in the refrigerator until January. Then get at least a 5 gallon container, fill with potting soil, and place all the seeds onto it. Set the container outside, and leave it alone. No watering, no protection from snow: Nothing.
By April or May, you ought to see the beginnings of flowers. They probably will not blossom the first year, but by the second year, they will flower.
Hi Jennifer--Thanks for thinking of me. I would certainly like to try some seeds. Do you still have my mailing address? Please let me know the cost of postage, so that I can reimburse you. Or would you like a plant/seeds in trade?
When did you submit the photos? I know that sometimes when I've submitted photos, it's taken four or five days before they appear in PlantFiles. Best--Larry☼