Friday, March 11, 2011

Alexander Marshal: Primula auricula

A florilegium is a flower book, which is usually compiled for scientific purposes. Alexander Marshal (c. 1620-1682) created his book simply to share with friends. He is thought to have worked on it for more than thirty years, including in the year that he died.

There is much to commend living in my home state of Colorado, but it is not a good place to grow auriculas (primula x pubescens). Primulas -- primroses -- generally prefer cool (though not cold) weather and acidic (i.e., not alkaline) soil. They're perfect in NW Oregon, from whence we came. Auriculas are somewhat hard to find; the aptly named Rainy Side Gardeners is a source.

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