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Primula auricula special

Lakewood, WA(Zone 8a)

There is no primula forum, so I thought I'd post this here. I bought this special from Hortus botanicus and was extremely pleased with the plants; thought I'd pass it on to other primula lovers. Also, I'm sliding down the slippery slope of alpine collecting so I better start looking at this forum more often. LOL! I've been known to lurk, though.

http://www.hortusb.com/prsp.html

I've ordered twice from this company and they are excellent in every single way. You just cannot beat this price. Mine have not bloomed yet as I got them in the fall, but they were well developed plants with good sized crowns.

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Saint Bonifacius, MN(Zone 4a)

This is the right place for Primulas, IMO. You can search for other threads with "primula", but don't forget this one:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/797615/

Thanks for the info, and nice primula!

Calgary, AB(Zone 3b)

.... although primula are certainly not all alpine, nor limited to or dependent on rock gardening situations... but it would be nice to have the discussions here, LOL!

Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

I was at the Phila Flower Show today. I was invited to represent my local NARGS
chapter in awarding special ribbons for both rock garden & primrose plants. (Our
NARGS chapter has some arrangement with the local chapter of the primrose
society).

Here are the two we awarded a special ribbon to on behalf of the Primrose Society

#1 Primula Allionii

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Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

And #2 a trough of four P. Allionii

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Calgary, AB(Zone 3b)

Are the spring-blooming primulas blooming in your area already, Tammy, or are those specimens that were grown indoors? (I guess another possibility is in an alpine house, but I don't know if your area is so wet that such things are common?)

Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

There's still snow on the ground here. Everything is forced. I believe
the gentleman who won many of the ribbons has an alpine house.

I'll probably have a few early blooms in another month. The spring does
warm the ground (in winter).

Lakewood, WA(Zone 8a)

I put the link here because the special is for P. auricula and I understand these to be alpine primulas. Is this not so?
Those are just beautiful! I hope to grow a number of alpine primulas.

(Zone 7a)

Enjoyed those primroses very much, Pixy & Tammy. The swelling of hickory and sassafras buds and pulling back of calyxes (spelling?) of spice bush and box elder and flowering of maple buds - we have been enjoying them tremendously in our walks of in recent days - but your primrose flowers are quite the desert.

That alpine house must be heaven right about now.

St. John's, NL(Zone 5b)

Seeing those primula lifts one's spirits when you are still embedded deep in winter. I have taken a few primula out of the cold house at work to 'force' for our artists. We have a group of artists who viist our BG on a regular basis to paint. This years theme is alpines as it happens. Maybe in a couple of weeks I'll have some primula to post!

Lakewood, WA(Zone 8a)


Excellent!! That would be wonderful to see.

Tuckahoe, NY

Thanks for the info about the special, I just got my order of auriculas (after seeing Pixydish's note) plus some calla bulbs on special and I am very pleased with what Hortus sent. The auriculas look great, I can see incipient flower spikes on two of them already.

Lakewood, WA(Zone 8a)

That's great! When they bloom, please post a photo. Mine are still getting through the winter, but they are looking good.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 5b)

I just put in a request for a Primrose Forum to Dave's Garden. Anyone else who is interested in a Primula Forum should email also! Thanks.

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