Current Issue of the Quarterly

SPRING 2014

Contents
President’s Message by Alan Lawrence.....3
Gold Laced by Lynne Lawson.....5
Primula in Arunachal Pradesh by Jeanie Jones.....8
Looking for Juliana Primroses by Diane Whitehead.....10
Wanda and Wanda Hybrids by Maedythe Martin.....21
Devonian Garden Visit by Kevin Baker.....23
“the plantin’ of primroses” by Jennifer Niemi.....26
Minutes, Feb 9, 2014.....28
New Members.....31
Officers of the Chapters.....31

 

President’s Message
Alan Lawrence


It has been a long and very cold winter here in the Mid-West, and there is no sign of spring arriving despite what the calendar might say. My “up north” garden in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan is still deep in snow, where two years ago I had primroses in bloom at this time of year. Last year we had 60 inches of snow in April, so I expect it is another of those bad years when spring happens on the third Monday in May. The snow has just about gone from my “down south” garden in Central Wisconsin, and the ground is slowly thawing. There is little sign of growth yet and spring clean up will have to wait until I get back from the APS National Show in Portland.


I have just returned from my usual trip to the UK, where I was pleased to see the floods had subsided and spring was definitely in full bloom. One benefit of the heavy rains was the abundance of Primula vulgaris which was in bloom just about everywhere I traveled. I searched out a location where there has been a few pink-flowered plants for at least 50 years; only one plant was found. As I was traveling in N. Devon, I called on Penny Jones who, with her husband Melvyn, has the UK National Collection of Primula sieboldii. It was a little early for flowering, although a few were just starting to bloom. It is an extensive collection of UK and Japanese cultivars. (See www.pennysprimulas.co.uk) I also had to travel to N.E. England and so took a slight diversion over the border to visit Edrom Nurseries in S.E. Scotland (See www.edrom-nurseries.co.uk) Their garden display of Primula marginata and Androsace sps. was impressive, as was the selection of plants for sale. Thank goodness for digital cameras with storage for 500+ photos.

 

My continuing interest in viability of Primula seeds when dry-stored in a refrigerator has yielded another datapoint. I have had excellent germination with 4-year-old Primula malacoides seed.

 

We are heading for the Natinal APS Show in Portland OR, and this year, despite the continuous winter weather through the northern US, we are driving there in our RV. Hopefully crossing the Rockies will be winterstorm-free, as we are getting too old for such adventures. Although I have no plants to take, I am looking forward to bringing some back with me.

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