Saturday, 30 March 2013

.......and on......

Everything in the garden is in a state of suspended animation. Although the snow has disappeared the weather has become a fixed pattern of sunny days and freezing nights, which, although good for general work on trees, hedges and shrubs and enjoying the spring bulbs, is no good at all for actually getting anything done! Twelve months ago we would have been looking at the early primulas coming into flower on the benches of the cold mini poly-tunnel which serves as some overhead protection for the early flowering plants that are grown. Primula frondosa below is the first of these, the plants shown are now planted outside in the border and remain in semi-bud form.

Primula frondosa (Farinosae Section) Europe.
 A member of the Farinosae Section, these are year old plants from a cold sowing, the flower stems of some of the less advanced plants have been removed to try and encourage growth and produce strong plants rather than allowing them to deplete their resources by flowering. Very highly recommended as it is relatively easy to grow as long as it is not allowed to dry out in summer. Found in Bulgaria it is a very close relative of Primula farinosa. Primula frondosa is to be shortly followed by the three other Farinosae Section primulas shown below.

Primula incana (Farinosae Section) U.S.A.

Primula halleri (Farinosae Section) Europe.

Primula modesta (Farinosae Section) Japan.

 All these plants have been grown from seed and although all are from the Farinosae Section they couldn't be more different in terms of distribution encompassing Europe, Asia and the Americas. When photographed they were all in plastic pots on a bench of a cold, well ventilated, mini tunnel in a moisture retentive gritty compost.

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