Primroses In The Garden



“Primroses, the Spring may love them;

Summer knows but little of them.”

–William Wordsworth

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


    • Thank you Eva. I’ll continue to take pictures to share and will be sure to get a shot of those beds when they are fully planted and blooming. It is lovely to see things start to come alive in the garden and nature again. 🙂

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          • Fatmawaty says:

            Really, I dunno about gardening! But I like it! Love to see the beautiful flowers and all about nature! thank you for your kind words! And you’re great at it!

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          • I think there is a gardener in everyone, whether it is potted herbs in window sill, houseplant at desk, wildflowers that reseed year after year, or a farm that supports a family. Like writing, there are many possibilities for expression that fit under the one large umbrella. Thanks for taking time to chat about such happy things today.

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          • Fatmawaty says:

            Very well said, my dear friend! Yes, I’ll try to make a small garden when our new house completed. Hey, dear I feel glad to chat with you too. By seeing nature and beautiful plants, sometimes give me great ideas! You’re most welcome! ❤

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  1. Love that Wordsworth. I have to say, I’ve never read much poetry, but the primrose line reminded me of another of his works I stumbled across recently. While parts of it are sad, I love the spring imagery.

    “Lines Written in Early Spring”

    I heard a thousand blended notes,
    While in a grove I sate reclined,
    In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
    Bring sad thoughts to the mind.

    To her fair works did Nature link
    The human soul that through me ran;
    And much it grieved my heart to think
    What man has made of man.

    Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,
    The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
    And ’tis my faith that every flower
    Enjoys the air it breathes.

    The birds around me hopped and played,
    Their thoughts I cannot measure:-
    But the least motion which they made
    It seemed a thrill of pleasure.

    The budding twigs spread out their fan,
    To catch the breezy air;
    And I must think, do all I can,
    That there was pleasure there.

    If this belief from heaven be sent,
    If such be Nature’s holy plan,
    Have I not reason to lament
    What man has made of man?

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    • He must have been in quite the pensive state of mind when he wrote this. Beautiful, but melancholic alright. It does make one think…man may be the most intelligent creature but that doesn’t necessarily make him the smartest one. Thank you for sharing this with me.

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    • Yes, I had a handful of violets gifted to me a day ago by my six year old. No matter how I urge the children to leave them be, they cannot resist so I accept with a smile. It made me think of your violet honey 🙂 I think we can count on a few more days of fine weather. I go to the mainland tomorrow with my two daughters for two days. It will be extra lovely if forecast is accurate!


      • stephpep56 says:

        Melissa, the joy of picking flowers for children should not be curtailed (in my view) the thought that they saw them , recognised their beauty, wanted to share it with you is wonderful. In a world full of rules and regulations and concerns for the environment I often feel we go a bit over the top. 🙂 Funnily as I say this sure didn’t i start picking violets to crystalize for an easter cake, but it was raining and they were wet. anyway I persevered but when i had picked a few i realised it wasn’t going to work. So there I stood with a bunch of wet violets in my hand feeling guilty so I popped them in my mouth and ate them…my guilt was slightly alleviated ha! enjoy your trip to the mainland with your daughters. xx

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