Jon Crispin's Notebook

Primrose?

Posted in Flowers, Plants by joncrispin on 01/06/2013

We bought this plant at the Pelham Library plant sale and our great friend Kate Hudson told us that it was a primrose.  The leaves look like one, but I have never seen a primrose flower like this.  Cris planted it a few weeks ago and it is beautiful.  Years ago I had made this bed out of mostly peat moss and it seems to like it (what plant wouldn’t?).

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  1. g2-91ea64f64bd782c342a4a904701ea64a said, on 01/06/2013 at 10:34 am

    It looks like a variety of English Primrose

  2. Alison James said, on 01/06/2013 at 10:36 am

    Hello Jon, as an amateur I am happy to stand correction, but my understanding is that the primrose family (primulas) include single flowers such as the wild pale-yellow primrose, cultivated single versions in many colors, and also those with a group of flowers at the top of one stem called an inflorescence, a wild version of which would be the cowslip or oxlip. Or a cultivated one like the one you show. This is why their leaves are so similar, also their pink hairy stems. And each little flower in the inflorescence is like a miniature single primrose in form, petal shape etc.

    As a child in England it was one of our great delights in spring to go out in search of the first primroses.
    Of course this was the fifties and we didn’t know better than to pick a bunch, they grew wild in such profusion and generations had done so before us. Now of course I gaze on wildflowers, perhaps photograph or paint them in situ, and don’t pick. I will email you a watercolor I did of cowslips in England. (More rare than primroses, they are now endangered. People used to pick them by the sack or pillowcase for cowslip wine.)

    Thanks for sharing your ever-curious mind, I do enjoy your blog
    Alison

  3. DotRot said, on 01/06/2013 at 12:51 pm

    It looks to me like a Primula Denticulata, commonly known as a Drumstick Primrose.

  4. makisado said, on 23/06/2013 at 11:52 am

    Reblogged this on unclemathew.

  5. almay123 said, on 06/07/2013 at 12:22 pm

    Reblogged this on almay123.

  6. gracerepresentative said, on 15/07/2013 at 3:31 pm

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