Well, that is the dream maybe! You may remember that I was thinking of having the sides of the ditch by the woodland covered with primroses, well, I have been looking around the garden to see how many seedlings I could find.
This is the south facing bank which is next to the back garden, I can see plenty of spaces that could be filled with primroses.
The woodland is quite a few feet lower than the back garden, so the north facing bank is only half the height of the other, but there is still plenty of room for more primroses.
Quite a cluster of seedlings were found in the woodland.
I found this cluster of seedlings in the front garden.
And a few were even growing in the gravel drive, I’m sure they would like to be moved to some nice leaf-mouldy soil!
I’ll share with you some of the lovely wild primroses that are growing in the garden. These are in the front border, the bee and butterfly border in the summer, and are growing amongst all the red stemmed Cornus that provide winter interest until they are coppiced.
This is the view that greets me at the moment when drawing back the curtains in the bedroom each morning.
I think all my other photos of primroses are of them flowering in the woodland.
Wild primroses in the foreground but false oxlips in the background where they have crossed with the one cowslip that is there, you can just see it at the top of the photo, a darker yellow!
As well as the primroses, the hellebores, leucojum and narcissus are flowering together.
It’s nice to know that there is something to follow on from all the snowdrops!
But who has been nipping all the primrose flowers off?! Is it “you know who”? Is he having these instead of the fritillaries, or is it the sparrows?
My rusty pheasant is doing a great job, as the real one has only been in the garden a couple of times lately, yesterday with a female, but she was very camera shy and beat a hasty retreat!
I have to admit, the real pheasant is very dainty in the way he tip-toes through the borders, maybe if I surrounded the fritillaries with a barrier of false oxlips, he might leave the fritillaries alone. All the grassy leaves on the left of the photo are the fritillaries, lots of buds almost ready to open. There are a couple open at the moment, but I will wait a little longer before I start photographing them.
The colour in the woodland has changed from all the white of the snowdrops and is now pale yellow with the primroses and narcissus. I like the way different colours come and go in waves across the woodland floor. Nature is wonderful in that all this goes on, plants frantically growing, flowering and setting seed before the leaves come on the ancient trees making it quite dark in here, until autumn time when we get the autumn tints and the leaves fall once more, adding nourishment to all the small plants under their canopy.