what you'll find when you visit a big box store, do you? Yesterday (another sign of spring) I turned on my sprinklers. It sounds easy enough doesn't it? But, as I'm sure you well know, there are always a few adjustments to make, heads to replace, etc., that first time you run thru the cycles. This year, the sprinkler heads surrounding the pond area were all either broken or missing. No doubt victims of the evergreen excavation and hole digging. Off to Home Depot I went in search of replacement parts. Of course I enter and exit thru the greenhouse every time I go to one of those places during the growing season ~ doesn't everybody?!! It can be thrilling or ho hum. Yesterday it was the former. Before I show you my new found beauties, I'll just preface the photos by saying I really like primulas. But not the brightly colored primulas you find in the grocery store and every place inbetween but the more unusual ones. Like p. veris, p. vialli, and p. denticulata. Unfortunately for me, I have trouble starting them from seed and they aren't readily available for purchase. Until yesterday:
Clustered on an end cap, sitting pretty as you please, was Primula polyantha 'Gold Laced!' I almost squealed. I ran back to the entrance, grabbed a cart and loaded three healthy plants into it. omg. My heart rate still gets elevated thinking about it/looking at them. I've never seen anything other than the ordinary variety of primulas in any of those stores.
I can't look at them enough. I just think they're exquisite. I'll have to mulch them good this fall because after I got home, I learned they are hardy in zones 6-8. That's one zone above me but we'll see. For now, I'm just going to enjoy the unexpected windfall.