A favourite plant of mine, this time of year, is the Common Primrose (Primula vulgaris). When I take a walk down the road I see them underneath trees, in sheltered corners of fields and on the sides of earthy ditches. And what a site they are, pale yellow flowers set on clumps of herbaceous greenery. The translation of the Latin Primula is “First Flower”.
I’m often tempted to bring a spade and dig them up and transfer them into my own garden. But recalling doing this as a child reminded me of such attempts ending in failure, as if the plant was saying “no, I am not to be moved, I am to be left here!!!”
So the least I can do now is to use the large selection of cultivated varieties that are available. Primula “Vialli” and Primula “Wanda” are good choices. Pick a sheltered position with a well drained and fertile soil.