Primula glaucescens...I'd better stop for a while! Don't get me started on the candelabra types!
A walk down the primroses path
They are beautiful! I'm sure we all can't wait for the candelabra types now!
I will be doing an article on them for DG in February.
Wonderful photos Lori, Tam and Todd! I have quite a few of the ones you've posted but there are soooooo many more I'd like to have ;-) lol Too many to mention.
Tammy - your possibly other P. veris could also be a P. elatior hybrid. The flowers are slightly larger than P. veris. I have the P. elatior in the same red as you posted and also a hot pink.
I have a few that haven't been posted yet :
This is P. florindae, red and yellow in the back.
P. involucrata is delightful! Love the pink tube versus the white petals!
Nice plants, Todd and Rannveig! Todd, is the photo you posted of P. frondosa or of P. farinosa? (I have the John Richards book, Primula - could try to figure it out myself, I guess.)
Thanks, Todd. I've pulled out the book I mentioned to see what the differences are between P. frondosa and P. farinosa... and now I'm confused (not that that's an unusual state for me, however, with respect to primrose IDs!)
Richards states that they are very similar (with P. frondosa being more robust, more often multi-rosetted, leaves markedly crenate-toothed when mature, more rugose in texture, darker duller green) but that P. frondosa is "never mealy above". (The italics are his, not mine.) In your picture, P. frondosa does look mealy on the top side... hence my confusion... So, all you primrose experts out there, how mealy is "mealy"??
Edit: I just checked Pam Eveleigh's site (www.primulaworld.com) , and the photos there of P. frondosa look "mealy" to me too... so what am I missing?
Another point of confusion.... The plants I posted as P. polyneura were grown from seed from Gardens North many years ago. Now, I have no reason to doubt their identity, but for the life of me, when I try to key them out, I really can't convince myself that the leaf shape differs from P. cortusoides... Help!
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I agree that your polyneura looks like cortusoides. Polyneura has fine but dense pubescence which gives the leaves a felt-like feel. Cortusoides is thinner textures with scattered longer hairs. Joseph Halda says that frondosa can be very mealy or lack it....its variable. Generally farinosae is rare in cultivation and short-lived. Frondosa is easy and long-lived. Here is a pic of polyneura.
Thanks for the info, Todd.
Ah, I love it! How are dabblers such as myself supposed to figure anything out when even the experts disagree (re. P. frondosa vs. P. farinosa), LOL!
Richards describes P. polyneura as "sparsely hairy to hairless above" but "usually thickly covered with whitish, or rarely reddish bristly or cottony hairs beneath, especially on the veins, but occasionally nearly hairless". Ackkk!
Love the bicolor effect of cockburniana.
And I see there is a yellow form listed in the NARGS seed exchange . . .
Definitely gonna be looking at the primrose options this year!
Thanks for gorgeous photo's Rann
That is a really unusually pretty plant goldenfish! I love all of these. This is a great thread to check in on.
We haven't seen you here in a while GoldenFish! That is a lovely
primrose. Are the leaves a bit redish at the edges?
That's a very pretty shade of dusky rose on the buds, GoldenFish - especially lovely as it seems to be echoed on the leaf edges - is that illusion or do Tammy and I see what we think we see?
flowerhead and Tammy and bluespiral,
Thank you for your message.
Yes, behind the leaf is maroon and the edge is reddish in color,too. The laciniate leaves have minut hair. The flower is simple but the leaf is attractive:)
Yes, flowers are beautiful, but there's nothing like some good foliage!
It's some sort of Primula auricula. I have a similar one.
Thanks, Todd, that will fo far with Weezingreens to Exact species...
The leaves look like they are a succulent. Quite nice, O' Odd One! It must be pretty small to be in the trough, or is it a very large trough? I will snag that pic for dryad-everyone loves your hypertufa gardens and they want more on the webpage. Thanks for the info, Todd. I will definitely look that one up.
hiFlower, trough is 2 feet by 1/2 feet by one foot, /soil depth about 6-7 inches
That is a pretty big one by trough standards, isn't it? I sent a bunch of your trough (and misc. planter) pics to dryad moments ago-hope they worked. Do you have a good moon view? It's looking cool!
It is out side but the day of degree of frost, I took it in inside. I don't have
a greenhouse. lol
Beautiful! All mine are under feet of snow and we are expecting 2 feet of snow in tomorrows storm! Looks like a long winter and a very late spring for me!