About thirty years ago, (can it be that long ago?) when I was innocent in the ways of the gardening world, I attempted to grow some Primroses from seed. At the time, I lived in a damp, drafty ‘hundred year old house, and as a result, damping off was a normal occurrence. I remember that it was a pack of Thompson and Morgans Primrose “Border Mix” seed, and as I watch them damp off and die with each sowing, I tried a trick out of an old gardening book. I put a brick in a pan with an inch of water, sowed the seed on the top, and covered it with a super fine layer of soil.
One little seedling survived. It not only survived, but it grew into the most remarkable little Primrose.
The petals started out a pale yellow, and then as they aged, they turned different shades of apricot and orange until finally turning a plum sort of color.
Not only was this plant unusual, but it was (and is) the largest and most robust primrose that I had ever seen.
This tough little plant survived that (unhappy) time, and moved from place to place with me. It even survived that pale, pastel garden era, though it was hidden away in a corner where no one would see it and where it wouldn’t clash with the other colors.
When my tastes finally changed, my little primrose turned out to be just the ticket for my Spring time colors, and now I couldn’t imagine my garden without it.
It has been separated many times, and I tuck it in everywhere I can where it lights up and compliments the colors around it.
I gave one to Dan Hinkley years ago, but he or his staff lost it. Then I sent pictures to a few companies to see if they would be interested, but after hemming and hawing, they decided against it.
Have I missed something here?
*Please note. The colors in the photos are not as colorful and vibrant as the real plant!