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!
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|
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|
|Primula kisoana Section Cortusoides Ssp. Geraniodes|
|Primula tanneri ssp. nepalensis|