One really has to be at the right place and at the right time in order to enjoy some of the lovely spring blooms. Too often, the blossoms only bloom for a short period of time. Just a week or two too early, the flower buds might still be tightly closed and yet just a week or two too late and one realises much to one’s disappointment that the coveted blooms are already over.
This spring, much to my disappointment, I had missed seeing some of my favourite spring blossoms … and one of them is the lovely primrose (Primula vulgaris). Primrose is one of the earliest flowers to bloom in spring, apart from the crocus. As soon as the temperature starts to warm up, one is normally able to see them. Sometimes if the winter is warm enough, they will even make their grand appearance in winter!
Last year as the hubby and I was walking towards Sallaz, I was incredulous to find so many primroses growing all over the place in late March. So remembering how lovely they had looked, I had hoped to be able to enjoy more of their flowery show this year when I returned from Singapore in April. Alas to my disappointment, I could not find any in those areas where I had seen them last spring. It was only slightly more than a week later than when I saw them last year and yet it would seem that their blooming season had already ended..
Well of course, I could still see plenty of them at the garden centres … but it is the wild and common primroses that I am interested in … not the commercially cultivated ones. They might not be as colourful as their cultivated cousins but I personally think that they have a lot more class.
Fortunately, I took several photos of them last year. So I thought I would share them here so that I could reminisce of when I saw them last spring …
Generally, the common primrose tends to be pale yellow in colour.
… or white.
This was one of several clumps of primroses that grew on the slope just beneath our flat last year. It was such a treat to see them there because normally they do not grow so close to home.
And what a forager like me is to do when she sees all these beauties?
And as she had a trowel with her, she also took the opportunity to unearth a few other spring beauties to try to grow them, too. hehehe … 😀
What a pity to have missed such beauties this year. Fortunately, I have these photos from last year. 😉