Here’s the first of the primroses into flower this year. The first year we were here, there were no primroses at all, in fact no Primulas of any species or variety. I cannot imagine why not, unless we are simply too dry for them, (which hasn’t applied consistently over the last eight years or so since we introduced them). Now, P. vulgaris is all over the light to partially shaded parts of the garden, and to me there is no spring flower more welcome than these.
The violet coloured one is Primula sibthorpii, one of a number of little plants sent me last year. It doesn’t look much yet, but the old leaves are dying back and are no longer of any consequence, whilst the new growth is unmistakeably taking their place, and I believe I can call these plants established now. They won’t grow big enough to divide this year, but I shall hope to be able to take several divisions next year.