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08/03/2011 at 15:00
I'm with you there, Adam. I love primroses and primulas and have hundreds in my garden. This week I have been dividing up the big clumps of things like Primula Wanda which was in the garden when I came. 47years ago, and is still going strong. The secret is to keep dividing and give them good soil. I pot up plugs of the double primroses in the autumn and plant them out for the winter. They are beautiful now and, as it was a mixture, I am forever finding treasures like toffee-coloured ones and a pure white. The cowslips, Primula veris, are showing buds as well and soon there will be oxslips, Primula elatior, and later the taller ones like Primula sinensis. I have so many of the family that it is no wonder I keep finding sports like the year when I had a primrose with twenty petals on one flower and only two stems fused! As for the sparrows - primula leaves are attractive food for a tiny insect which makes pinholes in them so perhaps your birds are after those?