I’ve been trying to convince myself and my colleagues that it’s Spring. ‘Look’ I say, hopefully as the wind bites my face, ‘I can prove it because we’ve got these little friends.’ and I point to the Primroses.
They brighten dingy corners and once they are done the leaves sit there being fairly unobtrusive. They cope with most soil as long as it’s not dry, and like sun or partial shade. I often dig up a few clumps and spread them about the place as I do with snowdrops.
When I was a child I used to pick their flowers and put them in tiny little vases. As an adult I still do this and they look particularly lovely with heartsease or other small violas.
It’s quite common to see the pink variety available (Primula vulgaris ‘Rosea’) and we have white ones in various spots in the garden but really, I love the gentle yellow ones best of all.