The weather is messing with my head again, promising a warming trend... but first a little ice storm. So of course, I head to the nearest nursery greenhouse. The primroses are on display. Mine won't be out for months yet, but I like to wait for the sale at the greenhouse and scoop up a few to add to the path by my gazebo. They are so bright and cherry, they're easy to spot, even at a distance.
These are woodland plant, not prim hothouse flowers. They may have a British pedigree, but they're as unpretentious as the woodland gardens they grow in. Primroses are extremely easy to grow and there's enough variety to suit most any garden, from USDA Zones 3 - 10! Some like it dry, some wet. Some scream for attention in flashy, bold colors. Others, like my common cowslips here (Primula veris) greet you with the pastels of spring. But they all look perfectly at home spreading slowly under a tree or dotted throughout a border. Primrose make a nice addition or alternative to flowering spring bulbs. (And deer barely notice them.)
I've had pretty good luck moving the forced greenhouse flowers out doors. I don't think I've more than a couple. Do any of you do that? Any tips?
Photo: © Marie Iannotti