Primula 2013

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Hoy
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Not much has happened in the last weeks. Today we had the warmest "day" 55F! - it lasted about 3 hours with sun before the clouds came back. Some plants managed to open their flowers but none are very floriferous though. Primula marginata, P. auricula and P minima alba.

Trond Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Cockcroft
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Primula secundiflora, raised from my own saved seed.

Claire Cockcroft Bellevue, Washington Zone 7-8

Lori S.
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Absolutely gorgeous array of plants, David! Primula maximowiczii is wonderful, Dave!  I grew it years ago and thought it was absolutely amazing.  I don't have anything to compare to Claire's and Trond's but here is a curious one from the esteemed Pam Eveleigh at last year's CRAGS plant sale:Primula palmata:

And a Primula allionii hybrid planted last year, 'Aire Mist':

Lori Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3 -30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Cockcroft
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Lucky for you to get P. palmata, Lori.  I saw it in Sechuan in 2007 and wished I had it!  It grew in damp pine woods and lit up the ground.

Claire Cockcroft Bellevue, Washington Zone 7-8

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Primula pulverulenta, just starting to go over.

Claire Cockcroft Bellevue, Washington Zone 7-8

Lori S.
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Nothing to compare with that splendour here, unfortunately, Claire!  I'm so envious - I love candelabra primroses but have never had good results from them at all - too dry, too cold??  Yours are absolutely beautiful.

Primula scotica is amazingly tolerant of dry-ish conditions - I didn't expect that.  Here is a bunch on the edge of the tufa garden:

Primula x 'Wanda Red Shades'...or so it was said to be.  Hmm, I think it's another Primula elatior ssp. meyeri, no? Perhaps some tags got mixed up.

Primula elatior ssp. meyeri, going over:

Primula polyneura or one of those it is confused with, starting to bloom:

Primula rusbyi, on one of divisions I did a couple of years ago... whacking the old plant into chunks seems to have restored a bit of life, not an amazing amount though.

Lori Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3 -30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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Lori wrote:

Primula rusbyi on one of divisions I did a couple of years ago... whacking the old plant into chunks seems to have restored a bit of life, not an amazing amount though.

That's interesting Lori My plant P.rusbyi,(I think i raised it from seed as P. ellisiae ?), has been in pot for a number of years now and flowered reqularly with a far amount of neglect in terms of feeding, however since it's repot of two years ago I haven't seen any flowers....Maybe it needs a whacking as well  :-\  :)

Cheers Dave

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Lori S.
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An update on the Primula rusbyi whacking... it does seem to have revitalized the divisions.  There is a blooming stalk on 3 divisions now.

Primula x juliana 'Allure":

Grown many years ago from seed that was said to be Primula polyneura... apparently more likely a hybrid with, or P. saxatilis?

Lori Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3 -30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Mark McD
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Seeing all of these lovely Primula, then recently attending (by chance) a Primula Society plant show at a local botanic garden, I'm realizing that I need much more than just two primula species in my garden, I need to work on that!  Years ago I grew P. ellisiae and rusbyi, in pots, and I miss them so.

Lori, your P. scotica look so strong, healthy, and deep colored, I've only managed a couple weak and expiring plants of this one.

David, does that eye-catching 'Ingram's Blue' have anything to do with Tim Ingram? It's a beautiful plant.

Mark McDonough Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5 antennaria at aol.com  

Hoy
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An unknown Primula germinated where I hadn't sown any and I have no similar in any other pots either. Edit: Probably P munroi syn involucrata.

Trond Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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