I haven’t had any free time in the past two weeks to write blogs, I am sorry. Recently I brought my first house which has taken up a lot of my time.
It is getting harder to convince myself to get up early with the cold mornings and light frosts that are starting to settle in, especially when I could be lying in bed warm. These cold mornings are a reality check, as it is hard to believe 6 months has already passed and winter is settling in. Usually by this time of year all the autumn leaves would have fallen, leaving the trees bare. But because we have experienced warmer temperatures at this time of year it is taking some plants longer to fall into dormancy.
With colder temperatures many would say it is a duller time of year and it would be unpleasant to go outside to do some gardening. But I love this time of year in the garden. Even if it starts to drizzle with rain I will be outside. Winter is a exciting time in the garden for me. It is wonderful when you stumble upon flowers that happen to be blooming and the little changes that may be occurring in some plants, such as these beautiful flowers of the Polyanthus ‘primrose’.
Scientific name: Primula acaulis
Common name: Polyanthus ‘primrose’
Polyanthus is a winter annual which grows to a height of 30cm and width of 15-25cm. Flowers emerge during the winter season until early – mid spring. They like to be in part – full shade with well drained soil. They also make great displays planted in containers/pots. If you are planning on having them in a pot make sure to use a premium potting mix. They do not require much water, you only need to water these plant when it is required.
By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs