Well I had quite a reaction to one little bloom in my April GBBD post
and the little flower that caused all of the interest was the spring flowering Primula “Greensleeves”
. I thought that the little perennial primrose deserved a post all of it’s own as I got so many comments about it. But I think you are in for a little surprise when you see how diverse a “Greensleeves” seedling really is!
The photo originally in my GBBD post is bottom right in the collage above
Imagine going into the garden centre in spring and spotting a delightful display of primula with somewhat muted colours compared to the normal garish bright spring colours of primulas. They instantly reminded me of my childhood days in my granddad’s garden along with memories of Delf and Mason pottery, Auriculas and all things vintage.
On an impluse I just had to buy them and they have been in flower since the begining of March. Every single one of them seems to be a little bit different and for me they have real cottage garden primrose appeal.
Back in early March I went unto the grower’s website “Brilliant Gardens”
and read up on the seedling mix and discovered that they were English
grown, hardy and reliable perennials unlike some of the
primula that are sold as spring bedding.My fellow
tweeter and blogger Graham Rice wrote about this little mix back in March 2009 for the RHS. For now this is all the information there seems to be on the web about this charming little seed mix.
- The secret to success with primula whether primrose or polyantha is to keep them cool
- deadhead them
- keep them in moisture retentive soil
- feed to encourage more flower production
- and NOT to over water them
I hope that they’ll flourish in this Perthshire garden along with the other hardy primrose varieties like “Emily” and “Heritage” that already appear here each spring.