Monday, 24 June 2013

More Meconopsis and Primulas

After a period of warmer, more seasonal, weather we are back to a few days of colder conditions along with the destructive high winds that I hate.
At present the garden is overflowing with candelabra primulas whilst in the tunnel some  more unusual primulas are flowering. I am in the process of ripping out a slightly raised bed which is overgrown with old shrubs and ivy which I am now going to fill with compost, peat and grit as a place to plant out all my more unusual primulas although I will be retaining some stock plants of each species in the tunnel just in case!

Meconopsis baileyi 'Hensol Violet', a beautiful cultivar which comes true to seed and was raised in Scotland.


A rather nice plant of Meconopsis baileyi, growing in the shade of an acer, this seedling has really striking form and colour. 

 Monocarpic Meconopsis nepaulensis grows to between three and six feet. Generally a biennial, it has beautiful downy evergreen leaves which unfortunately leaves it vulnerable to winter damp in N.W. England.

Now here is a thing, this plant was from a batch of  Meconopsis x sarsonii which is a cross Meconopsis integrifolia and Meconopsis betonicifolia and was nearly thrown out as the runt of the litter, the plant is less than 20cms high but has produced flowers over 5cms across, very like Meconopsis integrifolia but carried more than one per stem. The leaves are more like a miniature Meconopsis betonicifolia. I am assuming it will be monocarpic but wait to see what happens.

After the meconopsis here are a few primulas, all grown from seed and therefore making positive identification difficult on occasions yet again! First the candelabras:

Primula bulleyana ssp. beesiana

Primula bulleyana ssp. bulleyana

Interesting Primula japonica seedling

Primula pulverulenta

Primula japonica

All the candelabra types enjoy wet conditions and are really at their best as pond side plants. 

In the tunnel there are a few primulas in flower:

Primula deflexa - Muscarioides Section
Primula bellidifolia - Muscarioides Section
The Muscarioides Section belong to the  Eastern Himalayas, Tibet  and Western China, the most popular and spectacular member being Primula vialii.

Primula kisoana Section Cortusoides Ssp. Geraniodes
 Seed described as Primula kisoana although this is doubtful, there are so many related species of these Japanese woodlanders, of which I have several, it is difficult to to tell. Nevertheless these are beautiful plants.
Primula tanneri ssp. nepalensis
 Although this is one of the less glamorous members of the Petiolares Section the scent is truly overpowering at close quarters reminding one of Lily-of-the-valley.


  1. Rick, you have a fantastic range of Primulas, cant understand why I have never had these candelabras in our garden. The Meconopsis baileyi is indeed a very nice plant, I like that slightly crumpled or crinkled look of the blooms.

    1. Hi Alistair, I love my Primulas and Meconopsis and the candelabras are so easy from seed, as japonica and pulverulenta are going over the other two are just starting to flower and they will be followed by Primula florindae (giant cowslip) giving quite a long flowering season between them.