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PRIMULAS GALORE FLOURISH IN THE COUNTRY GARDEN
Photos taken at "Kibbenjelok" during December 1998 by Gay Klok
 
 
 
I will take you for a walk around the Primula borders.  We see candalabra Primulas in red shades growing under an Acer.  There are 400 species of Primula, native to the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere
 
 
Going further down this walk a new colony is setting up under the Sambacus aurea, the yellow leaved Elderberry.   From China and the Himalayas to the mountain districts of the tropical zones, these beautiful perennials are found
 
 
Opposite the pink Primulas are just finishing, always the first to flower.  The stems of some species  often carry many whirls of flowers.  Others have only one ring at the top and in some varieties, the flowers cluster amongst the leaves
 
We have turned the corner and beneath a special hydrangea, there is a mixture, the yellow are really more orange.   Most Primula like rich, fertile soil
 
 
Here they flourish with some Rhododendrons.   The trunk belongs to an ornamental Japanese maple.  The Primula enjoy the part-shade conditions with Rhododendrons making good companion plants
 
 
The yellow Prims. and daylilies grow well together.  These also should have more orange-pink in them   Propigation  by seed can be in  Spring, early Summer or Autumn
 
 
We prefer to propogate by division or root cuttings.   Every two years we split the plants in Autumn.  As we may get 7-11 new plants, I am able to have large rivers of the flower
 
 
These do not seed as prolifically but we will get several new plants every year.  Dead heads and old foliage should be removed after flowering
These Primula florindae grow with ferns and in the background white Lychnis, an odd mixture but they all seem to enjoy one another's company
 
Looking down the border you see a Rhododendron "Beatrice" and Hydrangea just coming into bloom
 
 
These purple Primula sinopurpurea love the moist, rich conditions that we enjoy at "Kibbenjelok" but do not increase as rapidly as their cousins
 
 
In this photo you can see the "Royal Orb" and Primula pulverulenta growing beneath the manferns "Dicksonia antartica"   There is a Primula for practically every position and purpose.
 
I hope you have enjoyed a quick view of the Primulas growing in the country garden.  If there are any questions you would like to ask, please leave a message in the discussion area.   You must be a member of Suite101.com to do this so if you are not a member, think about joining us in our gardens.  We learn a lot and have a lot of fun
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