For those like me, cool nights toward the fall have one meaning: start digging! If you want to divide, move or establish new plants, this is the best time to do it. Spring pictures help when digging out; here are some from my Primula collection, all done from seed:
Primula frondosa – a dwarf European primrose with deliciously pink flowers in early spring; flower stems, buds and reverse of the leaves covered by white farina. I already wrote about this Primula-rina in the spring.
Primula pulverulenta – a candelabra type primrose very much like P. japonica but the flowering stems and buds are coated with white farina; brilliant red-magenta flowers enhanced by the contrast with the silver ‘dust’ (Sichuan, China).
Primula florindae, shown in the featured image and called the Tibetan cowslip, will become a giant primrose with clusters of pendent, bell-like clusters of scented flowers. They are usually yellow but some forms have brick or red coloured flowers; late June flowering (the flowers hang on Disporum leaves).
Candelabra Primulas look fantastic grown in groups; however, if you only have a small space (or you garden in containers :), plant a couple with alike plants and they’ll happily ‘pierce’ through the mix: Aconitum, Primula florindae, Primula pulverulenta and Saruma henry (below).