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Ryan180680Ryan180680 Posts: 196
Last year I had three of these type of primulas in the garden. They die back to nothing over winter and then all of a sudden foliage starts to appear. However this year nothing so far and I swear they had started growing this time last year. Anyone else's started to show yet?


  • HumbleBeeHumbleBee Posts: 100
    I have a big patch of these and there is absolutely no sign of them yet. I think (or at least I hope!!) that it is because it's been so cold so far this spring that everything is running late. In fact everything in my garden looks more like February at the moment than April :s
  • Ryan180680Ryan180680 Posts: 196
    I was hoping the same however my alliums are thriving but last year they were late even though it was warmer 
  • Mary370Mary370 Posts: 2,003
    I think these primulas flower later in the year around June 
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 10,836
    The Latin name is Primula vialli, so if you google on that, it will give you more information. Unusual plant, I ought to get some.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Ryan180680Ryan180680 Posts: 196
    Still no sign.  Anyone else's appeared?
  • Bee witchedBee witched Posts: 1,126
    Hi Ryan,

    I have these in several places in the garden ... none are up yet (Southern Scotland) .... but I think everything here is about 4 weeks or so behind.
    Bee x
    Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey   
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,011
    If you're growing them in a normal flower border , they have probably died !
    They need very wet , boggy ground , full to semi-shade & cool conditions through the year .
    On no account must they become dry , not even for a day !
    People I know plant them around ponds where they get the 'overflow' .
  • Ryan180680Ryan180680 Posts: 196
    Winter before last was more mild and they came back last spring. Winter just gone was very wet so surely those conditions would have seen them return? I'm not hopeful now though 
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,538
    There is no sign of mine yet. They are usually poking through when I pull the forgetmenots out. The forgetmenots are only just showing the first few flowers.  I would wait another month yet.
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,357
    My primula rosea are only just showing, so plenty of time I would think.
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