Waking Up

Recently resting, now swelling, buds of Cortusa matthioli (left) and Primula cortusoides. The latter self-seeded in the grass along the fence (shady side), where it has been thriving for several years as no P. cortusoides in the garden ever has. The former is planted in the shady “bog” garden. Bought from  the Devonian Botanic Garden, it is now entering its second spring here. More from these two later. If you think they are exciting in bud, wait till you see them leafed up and flowering.

UPDATE: May 12

If it’s a race, Cortusa matthioli is winning, with flower stems already emerging from a large clump of foliage, while its cousin, Primula cortusoides, is still pushing up leaves.

Click to see P cortusoides up close

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