Old blue eyes Be in­spired by a Ja­panese flower fes­ti­val to grow this pretty an­nual

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spring at Hi­tachi Sea­side Park in Ja­pan is quite lit­er­ally a sea of blue as more than four mil­lion nemophila flow­ers spread over the Mi­ha­rashi Hills un­der a bril­liant azure sky. Reach the top of the hill o’ blooms and you’re re­warded with stun­ning views of the Pa­cific Ocean. So what are th­ese beau­ti­ful blooms and how can you get the blues at your place?


or Baby blue eyes as it is called, is a lovely late win­ter and spring flow­er­ing an­nual. Grow­ing up to 30cm high, it has ferny green fo­liage and white-cen­tred, cup­shaped blue blooms. Na­tive to North Amer­ica, and specif­i­cally the Pa­cific coast and Cal­i­for­nia, in Aus­tralia you can cul­ti­vate it in all cli­mate zones, from trop­i­cal to cold! Pop­u­lar with pol­li­na­tors, grow this pretty an­nual to fill rock­eries, beds and bor­ders, or use in hang­ing bas­kets and con­tain­ers.

Bright pop­pies poke through this car­pet of blue blooms.

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