I transplant small primula seedlings into nursery flats (the webbed black plastic trays that hold pots) lined with newspaper and filled with a good growing mix. The plants have to spread their roots sideways, as the trays are only 6 or 7 cm deep. This means the plants grow together and can be difficult to separate when there’s a spot ready for them in the garden. They don’t seem to mind.
One up close:
And one in the garden, planted out last fall:
This is a tray of year-old Primula polyneura seedlings, in one half, and what I thought would be Primula cortusoides alba, in the other. First to flower is indeed alba but not cortusoides. (Is there a white-flowered P cortusoides?) This looks like a Primula (Cortusa) matthioli.
Here is Primula cortusoides:
Primula denticulata, full and round:
An old polyanthus appears to rise fully formed from the earth.
Finally, a new polyanthus. The red-tinged foliage suggests a Cowichan, but the big yellow eye indicates otherwise. There will be Cowichans in June.