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General Meconopsis Forum / Re: Thompson and Morgan
« Last post by Allan Jamieson on October 15, 2017, 12:55:36 AM »
I wouldn't bother trying to communicate with them, I've sent them a couple of emails personally over the last few years. I sent them a link to this website as an example of how Meconopsis should be named, pointing out the work that the group had done on sorting out the naming problems with Meconopsis but interest and answer came there none whatsoever!

The so called Union Jack Collection also describes the plants as being perennial, nice trick if they have found a reliably perennial napaulensis, I guess they're going to have a few disappointed customers when the red section of the flag dies off after flowering. Perpetuating the betonicifolia name isn't exactly helpful either when what they are selling under that name is actually baileyi anyway.

I can remember many years ago back in 2001 when Evelyn asked me to help with the seed trials of commercially available Meconopsis, the seeds supplied by T & M were the worst of all the ones that I tried, very poor germination and somewhat inaccurate naming. I contacted them about that at that time too and someone did reply, saying that their Meconopsis seed came mainly from growers in Germany but that was the extent of their interest in the matter.
General Meconopsis Forum / Re: Thompso and Morgan
« Last post by Peter Kohn on October 11, 2017, 08:24:19 AM »
Sounds sensible though I suspect they are more concerned with using names that are most successful commercially rather than scientifically accurate. I cringe whenever I see Incarvilleas described as 'hardy gloxinias' but there is little chance of reversing this useage and getting the horticulture industry to use baileyi rather than betonicifolia will be very difficult.
General Meconopsis Forum / Re: Thompso and Morgan
« Last post by Blues Brother on October 10, 2017, 08:13:02 PM »
So potentially, all three are mis-named. And some of the future seed and/or divisions could then be re-distributed. Should the MG write to T&M and asked them to re-name?
General Meconopsis Forum / Thompso and Morgan
« Last post by Peter Kohn on October 08, 2017, 08:31:13 AM »
I was interested to see that T&M are offering 'Luxurious Designer Poppies' in their Meconopsis 'Union Jack' Collection. One plant each of (Meconopsis betonicifolia, Meconopsis Napaulensis, Meconopsis betonicifolia 'Alba') in 7cm pots for £9.99 reduced from £35.97.

This raises a number of questions.  How can they be sure that the white plant is white ? (Our seed-raised plants from M. baileyi alba have a high proportion of blue progeny).  Are they raised by tissue culture ?  Does this explain why the plants are so small ?  And being so small, will they survive the winter ?   We have always followed James Cobb's advice, given more than twenty years ago and tried to build up large strong plants before winter. We will be selling our large, multi-crowned M. baileyi plants in 2 litre pots at our final plant sale in Sheffield Botanic Gardens this afternoon (for £5). What do others think ?
Species / Re: Meconopsis delavayi
« Last post by Meconopsis_Matt on October 07, 2017, 05:37:41 PM »
Lovely Picture, hope mine look like that one day.
Species / Re: Meconopsis delavayi
« Last post by AliceB on October 04, 2017, 08:45:27 PM »
Stunning plant and excellent photograph.
Species / Re: Meconopsis delavayi
« Last post by Kidasakima on September 27, 2017, 09:24:05 AM »
I do not think I'll find a very interesting post.
Members New & Notice Board / Meeting Agenda for October 28th 2017 Meeting at RBGE
« Last post by poppy girl on September 26, 2017, 04:37:11 PM »
The news report and agenda is ready to be sent out to members very soon. Here is the agenda for the meeting for those who also may wish to attend.

Venue; Conference Room,  Royal Botanic Garden, 20 Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR,
Saturday 28th October 2017
All members, guests and visitors welcome.
Bring your own packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided in the morning and at lunchtime.
Contact; The Secretary Via the website at should you have any questions.

10.00 -10.30  Arrivals, Teas and coffee
10.30 -10.35  Chairman's update
10.35 -10.50  Tribute to Dr Evelyn Stevens
10.50 -11.50  Geoff Hill - ICRA (International Cultivar Registration Authority)
11.50 - 12.45 Jim Jermyn- Meconopsis at Branklyn
12.45 - 13.45 Lunch
13.45 - 14.45 Peter and Tricia Kohn - Meconopsis in Two  Gardens
14.45 - 15.15 Ian Christie - Assessment Committee Report
15.15 - 15.30 Questions/General Discussion
Species / Re: Meconopsis staintonii
« Last post by Peter Kohn on September 09, 2017, 08:10:35 AM »
My flowering plant was actually (almost) pure white and the seed capsules were still not yet ready to harvest so cannot comment on the seed yet. Several other plants are still at the rosette stage and look not unlike the 'M. staintonii' grown from Cluny seed this year (this was the 'lemon yellow' form - I didn't get germination from 'pinky red' or from Ian's ex CC second time round).  I have to say that both Ian and |\\john's seed progeny have made very spectacular rosettes so far.  I have had a lot of losses from plants in the napaulensis (hort) and paniculata group with plants in pots here in Sheffield so I am hoping for better luck with plants in the ground.
Growing / Re: Growing Meconopsis
« Last post by Blues Brother on September 07, 2017, 06:16:15 PM »
The Holehird plants were grown by me from Ian Scott's seed, ex CC3317. As far as I am concerned, the identification is unclear, but I do not think it is M. staintonii alba, which I have also flowered this summer in my own garden. The original seed collection of CC3317 was labelled as from Khumbu, well to the east of where M.staintonii grows. I will post some more images  in the near future in the species section.
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