I bought my first Primula auricula back in 2010. It’s dead now, a casualty of the move. I’ve successfully grown other primulas since, but it’s the diminutive, silvery auriculas that really captivate me.
I’ve been longing to try another, this time planted in terra firma now that I have a better growing conditions. Unfortunately, they’re not particularly easy to come by. These are not the fluffy primulas that are displayed in front of corner shops in the early spring (I like those, too.). I bought the last auricula from Harvey Wrightman of Wrightman Alpines at a members only early spring sale put on by the Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society so I asked my friend Barry if he could pick one or two up for me. I trust his taste in these sorts of things and he did not disappoint with this velvety soft, frilly black double flower. Isn’t it wonderful? I love the spot of white that just peeks out from deep inside the frills.
I can’t wait to get it planted and find out what happens next. Will I be able to keep this one alive? A new challenge awaits.