In a Vase on Monday. Primroses.

Out on our daily hour of exercise we are enjoying the banks of primroses lining the lanes round us.


I wasn’t the only one admiring these beauties, matching Brimstone butterflies were enjoying them too.


I love primroses so much that I have them everywhere in the garden in every colour imaginable and they seed around and hybridise. I wrote about them here so instead of repeating myself I will show you my little primrose dish.


I filled it with a selection of primroses from round the garden. Not only do they look pretty but they are delicately perfumed.







A girl can never have too many primroses, here are  just a few of the many which are looking gorgeous  right now.

Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for encouraging us to join in her meme of In a Vase on Monday. Looking round the garden for flowers for a vase is a lovely thing to do on a beautiful spring day and having a vase on Monday helps to anchor us into the week at a weird point in history when every day seems the same and we can quite easily become adrift from the calendar.

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35 Responses to In a Vase on Monday. Primroses.

  1. Tina says:

    A real burst of spring for you, but you shared it with us–thank you!!

  2. My goodness, I had no idea there were so many varieties. They come back every year? I attempted to grow some here, but they are winter annuals for us.

  3. Cathy says:

    This girl doesn’t have enough – I love them. Strangely, in spite of our intense heat, they do very well here and self-sow everywhere. A bewitching little vase, thank you!.

  4. nancyjo says:

    For the first time I have a picture in my mind to go with the lovely English song “By the Banks of the Sweet Primroses”.

  5. Kris Peterson says:

    I love primroses and usually plant at least a few, even though they’re not really very happy here. I didn’t this year but, reflecting on my visits to the local garden centers, I don’t recall even seeing many in stock this year. Maybe Southern California’s nurseries have shifted their stock more resolutely toward drought-tolerant plants than I’d realized.

  6. Eliza Waters says:

    So pretty – the perfect Easter bouquet!

  7. pbmgarden says:

    The primroses are amazing. So lovely!

  8. Cathy says:

    A beautiful array of shades and patterns on your primrose petals. I love them all. 😃

  9. Cathy says:

    Your vase is like a little dish of sugar coated bonbons, Chloris – delightful! And I would much prefer them to the bonbons too! Your range of primroses is amazing and makes me think again about replanting ones I have grown in pots, although I am not sure that I have the ‘right’ places for them… Hmm, and OK, it was a solitary brimstone we saw, unlike yours… 😉

    • Chloris says:

      Sugar coated bonbons, what a great description. It is worth spreading them about and letting them self seed, the results are always delightful, I have cowslips dotted about the garden so they hybridise with these too. With this amazing weather the butterflies are out in force.

      • Cathy says:

        I will think again about retaining some of mine from pots. Lots of cowslips here too and they have spread without so much as a by your leave!

  10. tonytomeo says:

    How delightful. Primrose seems to be respected more in other regions, with so much more variety available. I see only the cartoonish common primrose here. They are nice for bright color through winter, but look so synthetic. I do not mind limited variety, but would prefer a more dignified limited variety.

    • Chloris says:

      The shop bought one mass -produced ones are rather garish, I don’t mind them for a disposable bit of colour in the winter greenhouse but I wouldn’t have them outside.

      • tonytomeo says:

        So, you have those available too. Yes, they work for cheap color. We use them. Unfortunately, they are all that is commonly available. One would need to purchase the others online.

  11. Anna says:

    Such a delightful display Chloris. I have a feeling at the back of my mind that I promised you a division of ‘Dawn Ansell’. Am I right in thinking that?

    • Chloris says:

      I don’t remember, but thank you, it is a lovely one, it would be lovely when we can get outside again and I could send you a bit of my Irish Kennedy hybrids. But goodness knows when that will be.

      • Anna says:

        If I remember correctly you said in a post last year that you had lost your ‘Dawn Ansell’. Anyway I will send you a division whenever I feel safe to go out to a post office again – as you say that is a matter of goodness knows when! Oh a bit of your Irish Kennedy would be most welcome Chloris 😄

  12. I love primroses. I had them in my previous garden and need to add them to this one. I miss them so thanks for this post!

  13. snowbird says:

    Oh, I love primroses too. I do like your violet ones although they are all so pretty and delicate. Such a pretty posy.xxx

  14. Oh how gorgeous: a field full of primroses! And a gardenful, too! And your arrangement is stunning, too!

  15. Jason Kay says:

    How wonderful to have these beauties growing wild all around you. I love the mix of colors.

  16. Anna says:

    If I remember correctly you said in a post last year that you had lost your ‘Dawn Ansell’. Anyway I will send you a division whenever I feel safe to go out to a post office again – as you say that is a matter of goodness knows when! Oh a bit of your Irish Kennedy would be most welcome Chloris 😄

    • Chloris says:

      And I will send you some Anna, like you when I dare go to the PO. Goodness knows when that will be. It’s getting to the hairdresser that’s bothering me at the moment. What are we all going to look like when we are allowed out?

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