|A LOVELY BRONZE AND COPPER COLORED DOUBLE AURICULA PRIMROSE GROWN BY JUDITH SELLERS AT THE NEW ENGLAND PRIMULA SHOW THIS PAST WEEKEND.|
I think that I've arrived at the conclusion that plant society people ( they are indeed a 'type') always complain about the weather. This past weekend I attended both the Seven States Daffodil Show and the New England Primula Society exhibition - held together at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden near my home in Boylston, MA. I am intimately involved with the primrose society, as many of you know, and, I do grow many greenhouse narcissus so the daffodil society is always on my radar (yes, I will join again someday, but not for a while - my pipeline for collecting plants is just maxed out, and I have to save SOMETHING for retirement).
Click below for more about the incredibly impressive primroses this year...
|POLYANTHUS TYPES AND ACAULIS VARIETIES BENCHED FOR JUDGING AT THE NEW ENGLAND PRIMROSE SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW HELD AT THE TOWER HILL BOTANIC GARDEN.|
Our weather this weekend was windy, chilly and even stormy at times with rain, some thunder, and even hail - that is, in-between the 50 mph wind gusts and breaks in the clouds. A 'normal' spring day, by my standards here in New England, but the daffodil folk were complaining that they had fewer entries than last year, even though I reminded them that the year before that, they had to cancel due to no entries due to several days of 90º F temps.
This did little to stifle the grumbling. Generally speaking, ALL plant societies grumble far too much anyway. I will say that it was a stellar year for some primroses - especially the earlier species. In fact, as far as primroses go - - it was not a bad year at all! (although many will argue that it was a terrible terrible season! - but for some reason, many of the plants entered from our garden won top prizes, so I dare say anything more. Perhaps - "Yes, it was a dreadful year for primula- not grown in our garden".
And leave it at that.
|Another of Judith Seller's double auricula's. Judith grows these in a special room she had constructed in the cellar of her round house in upstate New York. Large windows for natural light, and cool if unheated temps keep her plants in tip tip shape.|
Is it just me? Or am I the only one who is so ready for spring this year? Bring it on.
|WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS CITRON COLORED DOUBLE AURICULA? SQUEEE!!! 'FOREST LEMON' HAS THAT UNIQUE MUSTARD GREEN COLOR WHICH IS SO STYLISH RIGHT NOW. THIS IS YOU PINTEREST POST FOR THE DAY, ANOTHER FROM JUDITH SELLERS, AND YES -- VOTED BEST IN SHOW.|
|I DIDN'T DO TOO POORLY MYSELF…PROUD TO HAVE WOND THIS CLASS OF A 'CONTAINER POTTED WITH 5 PRIMULA'.|
ALL ARE RAISED FROM SEED, AND GROWN IN MY GARDEN. MOST PRIMROSES IN AMERICAN SHOWS ARE DUG FROM THE GARDEN, AND THEN ENTERED.
I has little time at home this weekend, but between breaks from the show, we each had to take time to take care of my father. This gave me a little time to drag a few large tubs out from the greenhouse, as it seems that frost may escape us this May ( fingers crossed). This large tub with calla lilies was the first to be dragged to the gravel court, and it's already beginning to show flower buds. The plant is almost as tall as I am. It comes from Strybing Arboretum and Botanic Garden in San Francisco, and it a particularly tall strain - around 6 feet tall.
After she blooms, we will be saying good bye to our large Magnolia, a yellow flowered variety called 'Goldfinch'. She will be cut down in a couple of weeks. It really hurts me to let her go, but she is too tall, and provides shade which is far too deep for any plant to survive under. Almost a casualty of a freak October blizzard 5 years ago, which split her in half, she has recovered, but only looks amazing for about one week in May. It's always sad when one decides to cut down a favorite tree, but to make myself feel better, I ordered a new 'Goldfinch' and a couple other varieties to plant elsewhere in the garden. All's good.
|The last of the Meyer Lemons. They will be picked now to allow flower buds to form for next years crop. I now keep two tubs like this, and they supply us with over 200 lemons a year. Plenty for tea, marmalade and for winter cocktails.|