Sunday, June 10, 2007

Japanese Primroses Abound

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Almost 7 AM here on the mountain. 60 degrees but the morning has that stillness and heavy air that makes it feel like rain is on the way. The sun has only shown itself briefly and the clouds are thick. I've been up and outside since 4:30 and it hasn't changed too much since then.

Got going early because I wanted to bring the tractor home from the new property. Lacking a trailer yet, I drove down early yesterday morning before 5 AM so the traffic was down to fisherman. Today I reversed the route and drove home. It's all uphill so the trip was another 15 minutes longer in mid-range. I saw the same two doe deer as yesterday, four turkeys crossing in front of me and one still very sleepy eyed jogger with a dog that limped. Interesting morning.

The gardens are really popping with color just a couple weeks before the official start of summer. The Siberian iris are starting, lemon lilies as species daylilies and in various hybrid variations, poppies, tall beared iris and primroses are really beautiful now.

Several years ago a lady gardener stopped and wanted to know if I wanted to trade some Oriental lilies for some Japanese primroses. I agreed and a few days later she showed with a small box of primroses and a desire for more lilies in trade than even a generous gardener would agree to. Nonetheless the trade was agreed upon. I planted the small plants in what I thought was a good location within the lower foundation garden. As time progressed I cut out a couple more small trees and limbed another and the primroses received slightly more sunlight and looked better and better.

These are a beautiful spring plant which naturalize very well. They enjoy a soil which holds some moisture and a location which has about three hours of good sunlight each day. This spring I have noticed plants as far as 80 feet from the original grouping. They have seeded well and made an impressive mass. I dug out about 20 on the perimeter for Gail to sell and last night she was down to three so I guess their popularity extends beyond my interest.

If you get a chance to stop by Vermont Flower Farm in the enxt few days, walk down the walkway by the mailboxes and take a right. The primroses are in the back corner of the hosta garden. You can't miss them.

From the mountain above Peacham Pond where Gail is mumbling to herself as she picks up a trash bag of household trash--again. Last night she left a bag by the back door and this morning it was down towards the mailboxes. A local bear is less than neighborly and as bears do well, (s)he carried the bag a distance before tearing it open to look for a snack. This spring I found one of last year's suet sacks about 400 yards into the woods and up the hill towards the road. Bears are everywhere and they take advantage of people's forgetfulness.

Rain or shine, try to get into the garden today. You'll feel happy that you did!

Gardening wishes,

George Africa


Digital Flower Pictures said...

I started with 6 Primrose and with gentle encouragement and with collecting and sowing the seed and some transplanting of seedlings I now have several thousand. I have been doing the same with Forget-me-nots. They are both part of my plan to cut down on mulching.

I am visiting because I was waxing nostalgically about the three years I spent living in Vermont. I sure do miss those simpler times.

James Trundy said...

I had a great visit to The Vermont Flower Farm last week. Brought home 4 of these beautiful primroses along with some Hostas.

Always enjoy my tours of the Hosta Garden, and I just keep adding to my "want" list which will slowly be acquired and planted here in our gardens in McIndoe Falls, VT

Followed Gail's directions to cross over the Mountains to Peacham and saved 15 miles! Couple of trips and I will save enough for an extra plant:):):)

Anyone who has not visited The Vermont Flower Farm, MUST.

George Africa said...

Digiatal Flower Pictures:I have a friend living in British Vancouver who used to live in Morrisville, VT. Occasionally I write and suggest what is going on in that little town. Share a town you lived in and I'll give an update if you wish. No matter which town it is, chances are there's a nice garden someplace close by.


George Africa said...

We were very pleased to meet you James and see you return again to walk the gardens and enjoy the plants. The Japanese primroses naturalize well and are a pleasure of early color.

I would really like to start a collection of the various types hardy here but as you have witnessed, we already have several plant obsessions. Do visit again!

George & Gail