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Re: Re:Primula sieboldii was:Congrats, Gene!

Marge, the P. x variabilis is outstanding, but born in England and
growing in DC...would it be hardy in Z5. Stiil, if I ever see one
available, I'll at least pick it up for one of the Tennesseens.

neIN, Zone5

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> > From: kmrsy@comcast.net 
> > I'm sure one reason my primroses didn't make it was moisture. But 
> since 
> > that time I've installed a waterinf system that might cater to 
> their 
> > needs better. 
> ---------- 
> Well, the candelabras want it soggy to be happy, which other 
> residents of your borders might not like, but the woodland species 
> just want decently moist soil. P. kisoana is quite nifty with its 
> fuzzy leaves and thrives in leaf mulch in light shade under trees and 
> shrubs. It doesn't go dormant like P. sieboldii; at least mine has 
> not and P. sieboldii does, watered or not. I got P. vulgaris 'Blaue 
> Auslese' from Gene back in '96 and it's been doing just fine in a 
> regular border in the woodland garden - soil is rotted woodchips and 
> it's gotten a bit dry now and again, but this one still returns 
> faithfully and blooms its lil' head off. I keep meaning to get some 
> more P. vulgaris - they do go dormant early but bloom very early in 
> spring. 
> I have one that I got many years ago at a wildflower sale as 
> 'primrose'...finally was able to ID it from Pam Harper's "Time Tested 
> Plants" as P. x variabilis, a hybrid between the primrose and 
> cowslip, found in England where these plants grow together. It is 
> absolutely tough as nails; has lived in a bed under a maple tree for 
> well over 20 years now with virtually total neglect. I get around to 
> dividing some of them every once in a while, but not as often as I 
> really ought to. Flower is a lovely pale yellow with a darker yellow 
> eye; a dozen or more on foot high stalks; comes on early, like April 
> for me and lasts for a month. If you ever run across it, grab it - 
> it is about foolproof. Well, a photo is worth a lot of verbiage so 
> uploaded one. 
> http://www.mtalt.hort.net/prim/primula-x-variabilis-clump-276x211.jpg 
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland 
> mtalt@hort.net 
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