Have you ever considered growing Primula veris Cabrillo? Yellow and gold dominates my garden at this time of year while neglect often rules it. Truth be told I’d rather be sitting in the spring garden with the camera instead of weeding. Though I must admit that a little bit of sunshine and heat goes a long way. It can even entice this lady outdoors without the camera and get on with a few gardening jobs.
|Cowslip Primula veris Cabrillo yellow|
I can now tick off the power washing on the patio and paths around the back garden from the ‘to do’ list. The garden furniture has emerged from the garage with I hasten to add a new fresh coat of paint. While one of the compost bins was emptied of it’s not so crumbly and not so odourless compost … but none the less that precious black gold got forked into one corner of the garden.
|Prunus incisa Kojo-no-mai cherry tree pruned using the La taille de transparence technique|
|the little splashes of yellow from the daffodils , primroses and cowslips brighten up a dull and wet March day.|
I felt very accomplished … though very sore and stiff by the evening. A tickly cough developed overnight – I blamed it on cherry tree pollen and allergies but I think it was the paint fumes from painting in the garage with just 1 door open! The loan of someone else’s inhaler sorted that thankfully in 1 puff.
Primula veris Cabrillo
The cowslips are doing well here in the garden at the moment. The native cowslip Primula veris has never lasted more than a couple of years in the garden. However a much newer commercial cultivar Primula veris Cabrillo has thrived over the past few years. Furthermore it is starting to naturalize.
|cowslips growing next to hellebores, heuchera, oregano and cyclamen|
This clump grows in a sunny south westerly position. While there’s a large ceramic pot nearby which gives the plants some shade during the summer. The foliage is compact and the nodding clusters of fragrant flowers are a deep yellow with orange markings. The common cowslip has a much paler yellow colour. It’s extremely hardy – H5 here in the UK (USDA Zones 3,4,5,6,7 and 8) and it’s also deer and rabbit resistant.
|Spring flowering Cowslip Primula veris Cabrillo yellow|
Cowslip flowers are a good source of nectar for the Queen bumble bees that are now active in the garden. But as yet I’ve not seen any activity around these flowers. The bees seem to prefer the Cherry tree blossom and spending time flying low in a zig zag formation looking for a suitable nesting site. The flowers last for weeks and weeks and last year I still had cowslips in flower in the first week of May. Hopefully over the next month I’ll be able to observe if this ‘Cabrillo’ variety is as attractive to the pollinators as the common Primula veris.
Alas the sunny warm weather hasn’t lasted long. I just hope the dull and cold weekend we’ve just had doesn’t dampen my enthusiasm to get on with my ‘to do’ list!