I always think Meconopsis are short lived, but maybe that's just in my garden. I bought one last year, and against expectations, it appeared this year and has three buds. Don't really expect to see it again though.
I tried Meconopsis once. Should've liked my soil, light, acid, leafy in dappled shade. Tell them that! They flowered once then gave up the ghost. I think it's to do with air humidity meself. Norfolk air is NOT humid (except when it's been raining). Remember seeing loads in flower at Dalemain gardens in the Lake District. Wow, wow, wow. Going up there early June so may persuade OH to go there again!
Aquilegia taken last Monday but only just uploaded to PB!
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time. Abraham Lincoln, (attributed) 16th president of US (1809 - 1865)