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Allioni, Auricolas and Primulas


These lovely plants brighten our gardens for months. I hope you enjoying seeing some of mine.

Primula Marginata grows on the north facing rockery and is the first primula of my gardening year.

Lilac Fairy above and Pink Ice Below I bought at the Scottish Rock Garden Club Annual Show in 2010. They need winter protection.

Next to appear are the drumstick Primulas. I have deep pink and white ones as well as these. Sorry the photo is not very good. I was splitting these up and had them in a pot to allow them to bulk up before planting them in the garden.

I bought the original wild primroses in my garden from a local small holder who grew them from seed. They do seed and self sow.This is a freeby found on the lawn.

The Primula Wanda is widely grown in our part of the country and I was given these by a neighbour.

A friend who had too many cowslips, Primula Vernis, was pleased to offer me some.

Primula Pacific Giants are the most garish, or colourful depending on your point of view, of Primulas. The very bright blue and deep maroon with yellow centres are typical butI also have creamy white ones and yellow ones.

Primula Vialli starts off as a cone of red florets which open into to lilac flowers.

Primula Japonica “Apple Blossom” above and P Japonica “Millers Crimson” below are originally from Japan. They are also known as Candleabra primulas because they have three tiers of flowers around the 2’ high stem. They like shade and moisture.

The auriculas come in a wide range of colours and I have dificulty growing it in my garden. I suspect it prefers less acid soil than mine but this little one has survived for a couple of years. As a child i knew these as “Dusty Millers” because the fleshy leavesare covered in a mealy dust.

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Lovely plants S.gran so delicate and pretty, thanks for the show.

17 Jun, 2011


Thank you. I just thought they might be of interest. They have a big impact for small flowers.

17 Jun, 2011


Thanks for showing us all your primulas. I love the Vialli and have recently bought one for my garden but wished I had bought more. I also like the pink drumstick plant in your 4th picture - any idea on the type please ? And for sheer beauty you can't beat the original wild yellow one can you ?

17 Jun, 2011


I only bought one Vialli, because it was quite expensive for a primula, thinking I might have been able to split it. I will be able to do that as this is one year of growth. It will be happier split up as it is a bit crowded at the moment. The pink is a lilac colour and it spreads very easily. I find the dark pink one and the white version almost impossible to keep. I don't know if it is where I have them planted or if they do not like the soil but they are not as vigorous as the lilac one. I love the little wild ones.

18 Jun, 2011


I love the wild primroses but saw very few in the hedgerows this spring.
I also love the auriculas and have been meaning to get some nice ones off the computer. I like the grey and green ones.
They are all very nice though. You have a good selection there :o)

30 Jun, 2011


A senior moment there I think. I was talking about the viallii and then started on about the drumsticks without naming them. They come in lilac, dark red and white. Sorry about that. Wild primroses are funny Hywel. One year you might get lots and the next year next to nothing. My OH was convinced some of ours had been stolen from near the drive gates but they have come back again this year. There is a huge patch on the north facing bank at the railway line near us. Some years you can see them for miles because there are so many and other years they are barely visible. This was a good year. It is surprising how many plants you have when you start looking at them as families rather than individual plants. The auriculas definitely like the soil from the church we knocked down which has lots of dead lime in it as well as lots of peat. The previous owner was an agronomist and had lorry loads of peat delivered to the garden from a moss which the local council was draining. It would not be allowed nowadays. .

1 Jul, 2011

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