I spotted this Primula Cheshire Life on a visit to the local garden centre a couple of weeks ago.
A very attractive plant, and as we are now living in Cheshire I felt it deserved a place in our woodland walk.
Turns out to be a cross between cowslip and wild primrose, which I take to be (vulgaris).
It has the more lemon colour of vulgaris, but flowering on longer stems, as the cowslips do, stems, perhaps not quite as long.
Cheshire life was introduced in 2012, and referred to being one of the novelty range primulas from Vale Royal Horticulture.
I dont really get the novelty bit, however it was named by the quality magazine (Cheshire Life) and said to be compact, robust and with multiple stems.
I have to say, I do like this plant very much, and unlike many of the gaudy Primulas and Polyanthus which many of us treat as annuals, this little beauty will be staying put, and I will look forward to increasing my stock by dividing them in early Autumn.
This relatively new introduction at the moment, seems to be available by mail order to wholesale only.
Apparently it is widely available in garden centres.
Another Primula purchased at the same time is the very popular (G0ld Lace)
Primula Gold lace
Couldn’t resist the cowslip. Perhaps its more of a wild meadow plant, however the damp conditions of our woodland walk should suit it fine.
At the bottom South end of our woodland path, a clearance allows us access to the true woodland.
Left very much to its own devices, the woodland has a wild charm which I will continually check out in the coming weeks and months.
The small river (Croco) runs through our woodland, its narrow and just about eight miles long.
With the woodland to myself on a pleasant sunny afternoon I was startled by the flight of two ducks which took flight disturbed by my presence.
This old collapsed tree looks quite dramatic, spanning the narrow river.
I wonder how long this very old bench has sat here.
Clear signs of a path with a pond on the right, seems to indicate that at some time this woodland received attention.
Wild Daffodils and Snowdrops dotted here and there have me wondering what other plants are in store for me as the season progresses.
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