Going through photos from the past two summers, I picked out a few I thought were worth a good look, even if some of the plants may have appeared already in earlier posts.
This auricula is ‘Arundel Stripe.’ It is different from many striped auriculas in that its stripes are a feature of uneven pigmentation, not an effect of farina overlaying the petals. It is only lightly dusted with farina. This plant has done better for me than other named auriculas. It is tough and vigorous enough that I can treat it as a border auricula and stick it in the garden. I saw a big mound of it at the Devonian Botanic Garden, so it must be hardy. Click the picture to reduce it, and click again to super-enlarge it.
This is a boldly coloured Barnhaven border auricula that flowered in 2011 and somehow escaped the blog. Being free of farina, it could be classed as a gold-centred alpine, but there is not a clean line between the gold and the red, so not show quality. It will look good in the garden.
White-edged auricula ‘Silverway.’
Also from 2011, a richly coloured Barnhaven border auricula that has appeared here before. I bought the auricula named ‘Purple Velvet,’ but I think this one deserves the name more.
Seed pods from the same plant in 2011 (left) and 2012. Not only more pods in 2012 (thanks to better root run in the rebuilt alpine garden), but two full trusses (one shown).
And these are pods on Primula denticulata. I saw several little seedlings in the wet shade bed this summer. Looks like next year there will be more. Self-sown seedlings are a sign the plants are in a good place. These seedlings grow into stronger plants than seed-tray seedlings. Best of all, they take care of themselves, while seedlings in pots require regular attention.
Primula alpicola violacea returned in 2012, no bigger than in 2011 but in this tough environment survival is all you hope for.
Likewise, Primula vialii, here shot from above. I started P vialii from seed this spring and set some of the small plants around this established one. Hoping one or two make it through the winter.
From 2011, this is the green-edged auricula ‘Marmion,’ opening and, in the second photo, open (but what happened to the middle bud?). The second image shows why these pasty-face flowers have to be kept under cover. A drop or two of rain will smudge their complexion.
And here is a tray of well-grown seedlings, if I say it myself.