PRIMULAS GALORE, TO DELIGHT YOUR HEART
All photos are taken with a digital camera
through the month of December
in 1997 by Gay Klok at the country garden "Kibbenjelok"
Primulas, seeding everywhere in the perfect conditions at "Kibbenjelok"
A rich, moist but good drainage soil is required to grow the Asiatic primulas
so strongly. These are a mixture of red and deep pink candelabra primulas from
the Himalayan areas. The seed was purchased from Cluny House Garden in Scotland
Although it was out of season for the seeds when we came back to Tasmania,
the success rate was quite high.
orange-gold Primulas enjoying the damp conditions. We try to
clumps at minimum every two years. This is becoming quite a chore as it is
possible to get more than seven new plants from the one original. The Primulas
also self seed, into the brown gravel paths, quite prolifically. Perhaps we will
have to open a nursery to get rid of all this surplus!
camera has not quite captured the true colour of these Primula poisonnii,
though they are a vivid cyclamen colour. These plants are happy in quite
a very good photo of Primula florindae. These primulas remain
for a long time and have a delightful perfume. A very strong, bright yellow,
they bring cheerfulness to a dark corner of a Rhododendron bed. I find that these
do not increase as rapidly as some other species
we fit the primulas into the general landscape. The round ball
is an Irish
yew tree that was planted by the Governor's wife in the early days of the garden
Originally, I hoped to make a tall accent here but carpet sheep were being kept on
the property at the time and managed to get into the garden. They really loved
the Irish yew and many heads formed at the top, so, I started to prune it and it
finally became the shape you see. I call it "The Royal Orb"
is an old photo showing two groups of different colour with a wandering
path between. When they are growing this close the seedlings will show some
variation in shads - a little bit of bed hopping going on, I think!
is a time for children and here is a new addition to help in the garden
Our granddaughter, Isobel, born only 32 weeks old, 6 months later she is
already enamoured with the Rhododendrons!
are very easy to grow and will reward you with beautiful
colours for many weeks, the flowering time in different species stretch
over three months. They do not succumb to many ailments and present
you with as many new plants as you can handle.
you have enjoyed this tip-toeing among the Primulas, do let me know by
using the discussion link on the main page or by sending me an e-mail. Next
month I will show the Iris that are in flower now and into next month. I hope
you will over the Christmas "rush" and have time to visit "Kibbenjelok" again