Primrose Greensleeves

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Primrose Greensleeves seedlings
Primrose Greensleeves strain

I think you are in for a little surprise when you see how diverse a Primrose Greensleeves seedling strain really is!

Imagine me going into the garden centre in spring. I spotted 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 grandad’s garden. Along with memories of Delf and Mason pottery, Auriculas and all things vintage.

Primrose Greensleeves
Primrose Greensleeves strain
Primrose Greensleeves primula flowers
Primrose Greensleeves strain

On an impulse I just had to buy them! In fact they have been in flower since the beginning of March. Every single one of them seems to be a little bit different and for me. Moreover 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. Much to my surprise I discovered that they were English grown, hardy and reliable perennials. So unlike the primula that are sold as spring bedding. Fellow tweeter and blogger Graham Rice wrote about this little mix back in March 2009 for the RHS. For now that is all the information there seems to be on the web about this charming little seed mix.

Looking after Primrose Greensleeves

  • 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. They have an RHS Hardiness rating H7 so they will have no problem surviving one of our Scottish winters! See my info on Scottish Hardiness Ratings.


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  1. Wow, whatever the colors are, they are all awesome. Nobody will say they are not lovely! Hello Rosie, the photos and the collages are as lovely as the flowers.

  2. I love primula especially in window boxes, these muted varieties are new to me. Is there a way that you can tell the difference between the spring bedding and hardy varieties ?

  3. I have quite a lot reaction when I see your photos! Such beauties!

  4. These are wonderful! I love the colors and variations. They are a cottage garden flower for sure, and they would absolutely HATE our heat and humidity.

    Enjoy these beauties in your bit of paradise.


  5. I do love primrose. They are happy little flowers and you have a crowd of jolly fellows. I wish they would over-winter here. I buy them in Spring because they are hard to resist…it is just that happy look that gets me.

  6. WOW! How it's so beautiful flowers! I will try my home garden and such an nice post..
    Thanks for sharing..Flowering Pear

  7. They are certainly spectacular. Thanks for sharing more.

  8. Rosie, your primrose greensleeves is indeed worthy of heading the bill.

  9. These are amazing! Larry

  10. of childhood memories in grand-dads garden…these are so important to us…a lovely post as ever Rosie….and good advice on growing primulas…

  11. @b-a-g

    There is more of a chance of it being hardy if it is a named variety though there are some named varieties that are best for the conservatory in the springtime.

    I suppose it's best to ask at your local garden centre and see if they know – or if they don't know get them to find out from their supplier who more than likely will be a nursery.

    If you live in the UK and they tell you that the plants are from Holland then it's more likely that they won't be hardy.

  12. They are just so gorgeous. I love the little stripes in them especially the blue one.

  13. Rosie, they are beautiful! I have some primrose in a container outside my front door, struggling a bit. I have picked off all of the dead leaves and flowers hoping they come back.


  14. It's funny, 'Greensleeves' seem to be almost every color in the rainbow…except green! I had no idea how diverse the color range was for this lovely little primrose. Glad you put this one in the spotlight, it's very worthy of its own post!

  15. Stunning! I've never seen such colors in a primula before. I have a few (of course not in those amazing hues) growing in my cottage garden, but their flowering season is short, usually in February-March. By April, they start to languish with the warmer temps. Gorgeous photos, as always!

  16. Stunning photographs and colours!

  17. The blue and white striped Primula (from your original post) looks as if it really had been handpainted or 'pen and ink-ed'!

  18. Thanks – something I can only admire in your garden. Altho the fierce rain bucketing down as I write might suit them?

  19. Thank you for all the views of this changing beauty.

    I love primula, but have not found just the perfect spot for them yet, though I have tried them out. My shade is very dry indeed.


  20. Hi Rosie, i just saw your message about the alamid coffee. Yes it is famous here also, and costs around 4000 pesos per kilogram. We have some coffee trees in the property and i tried to look for some of them around, that was my first taste of that coffee. Because i had a difficult time processing the very few beans i gather around, i had difficulty processing it, just took it as if i am just playing. The flavor is really amazing and so i asked my nephew again to gather whatever he finds around. When i go home next i have to process again the few beans my nephew found. Our coffee trees have been neglected since my father died and most trees already died, so only few alamid coffee beans found around.

    Lastly, i've been sending my mail thru the contact link in the header, but it says it cant find it. So i have to put it here instead!

  21. These are really, really lovely. I have to go and find some … Thanks for all the first-hand experience info!

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