“Primroses, the Spring may love them;
Summer knows but little of them.”
It’s hard not to admire primroses. A perennial that, with minimal care, rewards you with vibrant colour year after year when little else is giving much show. Blooming in late winter to early spring, they are longer lasting than tulips, showier than hyacinth, and, unlike daffodils, they’re available in a great selection of colours. I adore all those flowers too, but primrose can easily still be showstoppers come mid summer simply by removing discoloured leaves and spent flowers (called deadheading), a method clearly unfamiliar to Wordsworth. This will encourage new flower production. They can also be divided every three to five years in the autumn when blooming has discontinued.
The above pictured are not wild, they are just purchased from our local shop for a mere €1.49 each, a very reasonable investment.
They need summer shade in hot climates, but as they thrive where it is cooler, they grow wild here on Inis Mor. Pictured left, the pale yellow variety called ‘primula Vulgaris’, was transplanted from wild four years ago. It has doubled each year and now measures 10 inches across.
I transplanted some of the last year’s purchased primroses along with the new plants around the outer border of our heart herb bed. Soon enough it will be packed with herbs that are slowly emerging from the bare patches of soil.
The sun is still high in the sky so back to the garden I go. I hope you are all enjoying a bit of warm sunshine wherever you are. Melissa Xx