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