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.
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.
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
Here are the two we awarded a special ribbon to on behalf of the Primrose Society
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?)
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.
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!
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.