Tag: Primula

Primula denticulata

Review of the year 2015

January 1st dawned wet and mild, the north block metrological station easily touching 14°C. Walking around the Garden on New Year’s morning; Snowdrops – in flower. A first…

Primula marginata

Primula marginata

Filling an alpine trough with colour is Primula marginata, a native to the Alps. The rosette of evergreen foliage is toothed around the edges and white farina is…

Flora of Nepal expedition 2014 – update

We are all back safe and sound in Kathmandu and after a few very busy days I now have a chance to do this. Since getting back we’ve…

A plethora of Primula’s

Well perhaps this is a slight exaggeration, but there are quite a few Primulas now flowering in the garden and Alpine House. This large and geographically widespread genus, found in…

Primula kisoana. Photo by Tony Garn

Ae Fond Kiss

The late flowering Primula kisoana hails from Japan. A crossing of cultures; the title refers to Burns most recorded song probably well aired in Japan. P. kisoana is…

Primula marginata foreground P. marginata 'Inshriach Form' background. Photo by Tony Garn

A poor year for old crocks

The extended cold has taken a toll on clay pots. These pots are absorbent and susceptible to freezing and thawing temperatures. Dependant on the kiln temperatures when fired…

Primula allionii collection. Photo by Tony Garn

Allionii at alpine level

Flowering in the alpine house at the Garden is a collection of Primula allionii. One specimen collected, as seed; from limestone cliffs in the French Maritime Alps is…

Primula vulgaris - Pin eyed flower. Photo by Tony Garn

A spring favourite leaping continents

Used as we are to the yellow flowers of the Primrose, there are colour variations of this species which we are lessPrimula vulgaris familiar with. A native to…

Selection of wild collected Primula alllionii

Gold for the Alpine team

A fine start for the Alpine team at the garden. The team have won gold medals for displays of alpines at Stirling, Hexham and Edinburgh this year. These…

Primula vulgaris

Woodland floor to hedgerow; a selection of the best British natives for Easter

Primula vulgaris and its close relative the Cowslip, P. veris, are well known spring indicators. Spreading by seed and the scratching activity of mammals which inadvertently split clumps…

Elspeth plunging alpines for display in the sand bed

An alpine odyssey

This week has brought lengthening days, warmth from the sun and bud burst from many of the dormant clumps of herbaceous plants throughout the Garden – all signs…

Highlights: 6.7.07

One of the flower spikes in the group of Primula vialii in the demonstration garden on the edge of the QMM garden has developed a fasciation. The spike…

Highlights: 11.6.07

Primula bulleyana: a bright spectrum of colours yellow – orange – red, on the bottom edge of the Chinese hillside. Behind these is P. poissonii, the long elegant…

Highlights: 30.4.07

Ornithogalum pyrenaicum “Bath Asparagus” a member of Liliaceae that has colonised the shaded ground beneath the Limes to the north of Inverleith House Aesculus hippocastanum “Horse Chestnut”. A…

Primula denticulata

Highlights: 23.3.07

Visitors to the Caledonian Horticultural Society Show at the caly hall this weekend will be interested in: Magnolia sprengeri var. elongata: seen from the road walking west past…

Highlights: 12.3.07

Rhododendron x praecox: various locations, will continue to bloom providing early morning sun occurs and there is no frost Rhododendron nobleanum, F05 Primula marginata, alpine wall