It’s a very good year indeed for primroses –
apart from the fact that a) an awful lot of them have been nibbled, I suspect by whatever has also been having a go at my daffodils – the consensus of opinion, well, of Karen and Elizabeth‘s opinion – is that it’s baby snails – and b) they are completely out of control.
Of course, they are all over the meadow.
That’s fine and dandy, and it’s where they look their best and flourish (in defiance of the ‘primroses need dappled shade to do well’ school). They’re perfect rampaging up there, and they do.
It’s quite clear by now that the development of the meadow has been critical to the increase of the primroses – you can see where the narrow paths mown through the meadow grasses normally run, only now they’re outlined by primroses. I wonder if that’s how all of it would look if I had just carried on mowing? (The paths haven’t yet been mowed, by the way – too many fritillaries sticking their heads up in surprising places.)
So you’d expect primroses in paths next to the meadow:
And gravel is probably predictable, after all. (Don’t look at the weeds on the left – I’m having my annual ‘to what extent am I really an organic gardener?’ debate.)
But in apparently solid paving? And slate? Where are they getting any nourishment?
I guess the key is in the ‘apparently’… they cope just fine. And they come up everywhere else.
In steps? Of course. Every single set of steps in this sloping garden has a primrose decoration, and they hide. I think I’ve got a few clear steps – not that I really want them, mind – and then I notice a little bijou clumpette lurking in a riser.
Of course they’re in all the beds too.
I don’t mind – they are great colour at this time of year, and who doesn’t like a primrose – except when I want to do something radical, like get a bit of fennel to go with my fish (I think the baby snails may have been after the fennel too, and been distracted en route).
Still gorgeous though…
and that’s without going into the amazing and entirely natural range of colours I’ve got, as well. I particularly love the pale salmon pink and primrose yellow combination.
I’ll get round to those in more depth, and I will get round to them because I’ve taken about 5,472,630 photographs so far this week. The weather has been wonderful; I’ve not been working following the first of my hand ops, and I can manage to hold a camera.
Thank heavens for digital photography…