|Primula allionii 'Aries Violet'
||Primula allionii 'Eveline Burrow'
||Primula allionii 'Malcolm'
||Primula allionii 'Neon'
||Primula allionii 'Tranquility'
7th March 2021A week of pure springtime in all its unadulterated unpredictability. I have been waiting for the right day to get on with a series of jobs in the garden. I know that it is a mistake. By the time it feels like the right day, the moment has actually passed. Spring is hovering over the stationary garden. I took the opportunity to cut back branches that have been growing over the paths. It felt too cold to be out there doing it but the ground is dry and the branches bare. The next warm day could see the buds swelling and the ground softened by spring rain. It will feel like a spring day in the garden and the moment for clearing up will have passed.
Cold winds have seen me running, at least in spirit, to the greenhouse. Primula allionii shelters in there, away from extreme weather. I'm not worried about its hardiness but rain, wind and atmospheric misery can all conspire to spoil the flowers. Without flowers, Primula allionii is just a small green thing like a tuft of moss or a sleeping frog.
I have a number of named selections and they have done well this year. Last spring I finally moved the last of them into limestone chippings and they have responded well. There isn't any compost in the pot, it is all limestone chippings. The vine weevil hate it. I lost one small plant in the middle of summer last year but as far as I can tell that was due to heat exhaustion, I didn't see any sign of the beastly weevil. I was all set to buy some more cultivars this spring, and I may still, but I found myself asking how many different shades of pink Primula I really needed? Perhaps I will just try and grow some more from seed.