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Yesterday a friend and I visited a small nursery near Salisbury that grows and specialises in Primula Auricula. They also hold the National Collection and have won numerous Gold Medals for their displays at the major shows. Unfortunately we were a little bit early to see them all out in flower, but on 28/29th April they are holding an open day, when hopefully we shall be able to see their full range. So not many photos of flowers today, but I did buy three, in bud. I promise to show more at a later date.


The plants I bought – Firenze, Lincoln Bullion yellow double and Red double Forest Glade

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These are some in my garden, lots of buds here.

Next a few things I had for my birthday, funnily enough everyone gives me plants or things to do with the garden,

A few things growing in my greenhouse

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Thats what a call pressies when you get things you like and will use instead of things that get stuck in cupboard or drawers and never used.

5 Apr, 2012

 

I quite agree Clarice. I still have lots of Garden Vouchers to use from Christmas yet, but I want to wait until I see something really nice rather than fritter them away on little things.

5 Apr, 2012

 

The calla lily is my favourite!

5 Apr, 2012

 

Yes it is lovely isnt it Sticki

5 Apr, 2012

 

Very nice birthday gifts, luckily my family usually come up trumps, I think they think I hoard too much already so now I get garden vouchers or something else for the garden..
I do like Auricullas, only have the dark one like in your pot but it is spreading now, all is doing well in your greenhouse and the garden looks lovely Cinders, I envy you the view, thats grand and adds a smashing back drop..

5 Apr, 2012

 

Thank you Lincs. Yes I am very lucky to have this view from my kitchen window. I can watch the lambs jumping around in the field.

5 Apr, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

Hi Cinders
That's Pops Plants,so now you are going to get hooked on Show Auriculas.That will be a bigger challenge than my Primulas,I would suggest you have a read on one of the Auricula Society site's re cultivation and compost.
I won a first prize many years ago the first time I showed one at a National Show and retired undefeated.lol

5 Apr, 2012

 

Wow Brian, well done you. I have always liked them, and have a few border auriculas, but don't think I shall get that hooked really, the friend I went with is more interested, but they are perfect little flowers aren't they. Well Pop did tell me about compost, very gritty and he keeps them very dry too. Funnily enough I did mention you, but he didnt seem to know you. I will go into the Auricula Society website.

5 Apr, 2012

 

Things are looking great in your greenhouse, i love your garden, so lovely. Seeing the fields with the lambs from your window...that's magic....:)

5 Apr, 2012

 

Thank you Beverley, thats kind.

5 Apr, 2012

 

That calla is lovely. I've got one called 'Black Eyed Beauty' - it's still in the bag, haven't got round to potting it!

5 Apr, 2012

 

lovely Cinders - what a beautiful Forsythia

5 Apr, 2012

 

Thank you Sheila, You'd better get on and plant it then !!

Thanks Paul

5 Apr, 2012

 

I think I'd better Cinders as I don't think it'll be growing much in the bag of sawdust!! lol

5 Apr, 2012

 

Lol :o)))

5 Apr, 2012

 

People still don't get the plant pressie thing with me Cinders, I'm glad your friends do x

5 Apr, 2012

 

Glad you had a lovely birthday visit,Cinders..some lovely gifts there,and all your greenhouse plants and cuttings are looking good ..you are going to have a lovely display in your garden,and that first prize is in the bag,I think Lol.

5 Apr, 2012

 

Annella thanks, I am lucky.

I thank you Sandra, I think you are being a little too optimistic !!

5 Apr, 2012

 

Your garden is looking lovely, so Spring like, OH used to collect Auriculas years ago, but he never got very far, most of them died, it was too cold where we lived, I can only imagine what a huge collection would look like, a sight worth seeing.

5 Apr, 2012

 

Nah,Cinders...positive ! :o)

5 Apr, 2012

 

They are lovely little flowers DD. So perfect. I have found out that the pink one I showed the other day is called Powder Puff.

5 Apr, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

Cinders would not expect him to know me,he would Probably know the 'Stradbrook' strain of plants but not my name he did come to shows i was running a few times. Auricula growers talk Auriculas in a little world of there own like nothing else is that inportant.Lifes to short for that.Mind you they are not the only ones.

5 Apr, 2012

 

Its a bit like the Streptocarpus people Brian, as you say these people that specialise - its all they talk about isnt it. I am probably guilty of it too.

5 Apr, 2012

 

Your garden looks amazing cinderella.
Wonderful birthday gifts as well.
Hope your weather stays good.

5 Apr, 2012

 

I love auriculas, and have wanted to start a collection. We are going to a nearby specialist nursery to get some in a few weeks. I hope you get some more.

Now I wonder why people give you garden gifts. Do they know something about you ? lol

Such a lot you've got in your greenhouse. Very healthy looking Pelargoniums. Good luck !

5 Apr, 2012

 

Thank you Willinilli.

Hywel, thank you. So you are interested in Auriculas too. I shall probably get one or two more, it gets a bit addictive once you start. I think my family have been trained well when it comes to birthday presents.

My greenhouse is so full at the moment because I am bringing things on for a neighbour as well. Fuchsias in there too, taking up lots of room. They say we are going to get a hard frost tonight so I have had to cover things a bit more than usual.

5 Apr, 2012

 

Your garden is looking very spring like, are those Hyacinths I can see at the bottom right of picture, bet they smell just great.
Belated birthday wishes, looks as if you had some nice presents.

5 Apr, 2012

 

Yes they are hyacinths Stroller, but they are nearly over unfortunately. they were lovely though. Thank you for your lovely comments.

5 Apr, 2012

 

Lovely blogg Cinders. A belated Happy birthday to you. You have some great plants. The greenhouse plants look lovely and healthy and so many, well done. I love the calla. I can only seem to get the white one to flower for me the coloured ones just grow leaves... Your garden looks lovely to and how nice to have a field of lambs to watch.

6 Apr, 2012

 

Good Morning and thank you HB for your kind wishes. I don't like getting birthdays now, they make me feel old. Yes I have a lot of plants in the greenhouse now, I must go and see if they are ok as we had a frost and there is no heat in there. I did cover them all up well last night so they should be alright.

6 Apr, 2012

 

Oh yes I am going to become well addicted to Auriculas, like I am to cacti and fuchsias, and I am fast becoming addicted to heucheras aswell. Where will it all end lol

6 Apr, 2012

 

You may well ask ! lol.

6 Apr, 2012

 

You are doing a great job there Cinders, with all those lovely young plants! I love primulas of all kinds (except the bright bedding polyanthus). I look forward to seeing them as they grow. :)

8 Apr, 2012

 

Me too Karen, the ones I bought on Wednesday are almost out in flower this morning, they are doubles, tho I think I prefer the singles best, its nice to have both. One of my next tasks is to find space to make a little gravel garden for them. Might be easier to do it in a trough that I can put in the greenhouse for next winter.

8 Apr, 2012

 

That certainly sounds like a good plan!

8 Apr, 2012

 

Garden is looking lovely. I love auriculas too - but there aren't any specialist nurseries around here so I tend to come across them randomly, and rarely with names! However I'm very proud of my small display. Your greenhouse looks pretty busy too!

8 Apr, 2012

 

Thankyou Pennylane. If you want auriculas you could order some online. The ones I deal with are Pops Plants in Wiltshire. They have a catalogue, so if you google them you could maybe get a catalogue, and order some.

8 Apr, 2012

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