Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Primrose Lane

The primrose has never been one of my favorite flowers.
They always just spoke to me in the early spring as I would walk into the market as the first spring flower.
It was the color that would catch my eye and I would end up coming home with one to remind myself that spring was coming.  But I really wasn't that fond of them.
Then I started realizing there were other varieties than the ones we see in the market.
I started noticing and I fell in love with them.

These were found in the Government Gardens in Victoria, BC, Canada.
The gardens were close to the B&B where we stayed.  What a beautiful place to walk.

From Wikipedia:
Primulaceae is a family of flowering plants with about 24 genera, including some favorite garden plants and wildflowers. It is also known as the primrose family.
The primula vulgaris is the most common primrose, one of the first to bloom.
It is often seen in Victorian cottage gardens.
The leaves can be steeped for tea.  (Now I haven't tried this; so not sure how they would taste.)

Take time to notice what you notice and if you see a primrose, cherish the beauty of the flower.


Annie said...

Everytime I visit here now, Marilyn, I think of the fact that post-June 17th I will be able to come up anytime the spirit moves me. I'm also daydreaming about heading south and visiting the Huntington Hartford Library and Museum. For some reason, your blog just evokes all sorts of travel itch feelings. Am I being silly or what?

Angela McRae said...

I didn't realize there were so many varieties, and these are just lovely! Oh, and I never knew the leaves could be steeped for tea!

Britt-Arnhild said...

Beautiful. In a few weeks I will have them in my garden. But the snow must melt first......

La Tea Dah said...

Really? The leaves can be steeped for tea? How interesting! Ideas are swirling for Primrose Tisane!

I'm like you --- primroses (of the traditional variety) are loved simply because they remind me that spring will be here soon!


Pam said...

The colors are gorgeous! Just can hardly wait until the flowers are out here1 Beautiful post! Thanks!

CindyW said...

Until I moved to the Pacific Northwest, I'd never seen many primroses. After living here for a while, I've started to look forward to seeing them as a herald of springtime. I rarely purchase any, but the racks full of color outside every grocery store always make me smile. :)

PeggyR said...

I didn't know there were so many different ones! I just put the one I got from the grocery store in the ground.

Vicky said...

Isn't it amazing how we can walk past something so many times and not really pay it much attention and then one day we rediscover it and see it in a whole new way. I am not familiar with Primroses at all, but these look very pretty!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Pretty flowers! Those aren't common here in Florida!


Jeanne said...

I love all you share and thanks for sending me the name of that friendship book.

Love Jeanne♥

somepinkflowers said...

i have never even seen
these growing...

{{ i think
they need cooler weather
than Florida has to give }}


i DID notice you
photographed somepinkflowers.

for that.
must have been expressly FOR ME...

Tracy said...

Oh, I just love primroses too! They are among my favorite springtime blooms. I like the "drumstick" varieties. I didn't know the leaves could be steeped for tea! I wonder what primrose tea tastes like?! :o) Happy Day, Marilyn ((HUGS))

parTea lady said...

Your primrose photos are lovely. I really like that white variety.