This Primula acaulis ‘Hethor’ recently came home with me from the grocery store (alongside a kingsize chocolate bar we won’t talk about). Although not quite as flashy as the Polyanthus I bought last year, it is a bright splash of colour on the windowsill while my African violets rest after a long blooming period.
P. acaulis is hardy to zone 4 and so I’d be pushing the envelope just a bit, but I think I’m going to save it over if I can and plant it out in the spring. I already grow primulas in the garden – a smooth-leaved variety I believe may be P. rubra (a friend gave me the plants years ago and she didn’t know what they were), so this P. acaulis will be a good companion. It’s worth a try, anyway.
Do you grow primulas?
I love all primula, I have just bought 3 plants of P , gold lace ,put them in a terracotta pot and put them on a table outside my backyard door. Nice to look at when I get up in the mornings. Love the brilliant blue of your primula.
They have such cheerful flowers, don’t they? – I haven’t seen a primula I didn’t love! 🙂
I have noticed primulas in the stores and have been contemplating buying a few to add some colour to the kitchen. There are so many different colours to choose from! I will pick up a large chocolate bar too once in a while when I go grocery shopping.
They are a nice plant to brighten the room at this time of year, that’s for sure – and they’re pretty reasonably priced. An alternative to cut flowers, too!
Some days a chocolate bar is a really good idea! 🙂
Wow, that is a jazzy Primula and those chocolate bars are far too tempting! I grow cowslips here – Primula veris and over the years they have self seeded through one of my borders and are very welcome. We have a wonderful wildlife trust reserve near here too where Cowslips grow prolifically throughout one of the meadows, its a sight to behold.
That must be so lovely to see so many cowslips blooming together – such amazing colour! 🙂
A very pretty one Sheryl… I brought home a deep red polyanthus last week, and it looks quite happy on my front steps… no hard frosts at the moment here. 😀 I also have a primula in the garden and later the cowslips will bloom.
There are so many great colours – dark red would be wonderful! Do the cowslips grow wild on your property?
There is one large clump of cowslips in the lawn where we avoid mowing until they have seeded, but they also grow at the edge of the woods all around us. And a few pop up in the rockery now and then too! I remember someone took me to see a whole field of them when I was younger – a gorgeous sight!
This is a real beauty! I love primulas too, from the wild to the cultivated. Such cheery plants! I wonder what Hethor means, is it a name?
I did some snooping on the ‘net and found out that Hethor is the name of the company that breeds these particular primulas – it seems to be an amalgamation of the name of Helmut Thorberger, who specialized in breeding P. acaulis in the 1970s. http://www.hethor.de/en/unternehmen.html Interesting.
Thanks, I will look that up, I love the history of plants.
Love the colour of this one. I don’t have any this year, sometimes I have them in my winter pots.
They’d be a great addition to pots – fabulous colours ! 🙂
I do 🙂 They are lovely plants to have in the garden.
They are so pretty and really easy to care for! And you wouldn’t have to worry about the cold getting to them there….
Not at all. They are in the garden all year long and just flower when the time is right.
Two great purchases! The plant is gorgeous and I bet the chocolate bar was yummy! Hugs
Definitely a good way to spend a couple of dollars! 🙂
Have a wonderful day!
What a lovely color. I would love to add them to my garden this year.
They would be an wonderful addition, I think! Such fun flowers!
Thank you so much for stopping by Flowery Prose! 🙂 Have a great week!
They’re really cheery. Unfortunately they didn’t bloom well in my yard. When I first had a garden, I bought a 1/2 dozen at the market and enjoyed them inside for a few weeks until we thawed 😉 once outside, they seemed to stall. I don’t think they got enough light, but I’m not sure.
I think they must need a fair amount of sunshine, that’s true! I’m hoping I’ll be able to save it over, but I’m not sure if it will survive next winter – I have a sheltered spot but who knows for sure…. 🙂
I hope the chocolate bar was as good as the Primula. I don’t have any in my garden and I keep thinking that I should.
LOL yep, the chocolate bar was definitely a treat! 🙂
The primulas are definitely great early colour…I imagine you can grow a few types that I can’t here.
I do! So lovely. So prim and proper 🙂
And those pink Polyanthus are definitely not too much!
I’m glad you liked the pink Polyanthus – it really appealed to me! The flowers lasted a surprisingly long time, too, which was really nice. Around this time of year, I get a little desperate for some bright colours. 🙂
Oh so pretty!It looks like batik on a flower!Good to know I am not the only one that comes home with a candy bar..shoot it just calls to me!
I love your reference to batik – I was trying to think of what that colour/texture combination reminded me of, and that’s the perfect description!
That’s a beauty, I adore Primulas. I can’t resist any of them. Lace edged, Cowichan red, Barnhaven hybrids and the doubles are all gorgeous.
There are so many beautiful ones, they’d be fun to collect! 🙂
nice – such pretty flowers… I do like to grow them. 🙂