May 21, 2006

A Plethora of Auricula

Primula auricula are spring blooming primroses that are hardly ever seen at garden centers or in mail order catalogs. Over the years, I have been able to assemble a collection of various vintage forms of both types of P. auricula, tha types known as Show auricula, with thier paste-ringed eyes, so cherished by the Brit's in eitheenth century England, and the type more easily grown in well-drained locations, the Garden Auricula, with a darker palette and no white farina on the blossom.

Just for fun, and in case I write a book on this sort of hobby of collecting rare plants that are out of fashion, I assembled this grid of blossoms to demonstrate the diversity in this one species. Shot on a vintage piece of paper that lined a book from the 1800's.


  1. I've yet to meet one I didn't love:).

  2. Matt,

    This photograph is gorgeous, and I love these primroses! I don't know that I've ever seen even a photograph of these, even though I've read about them.

    The Inadvertent Gardener

  3. Oh, such much Auriculas! I have only two of this!



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