Primula 2012

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cohan
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Lori and Trond- thanks for the suggestions - I do have lots of seedlings, especially one of them (haven't looked at the labels lately..lol) so I will try a couple of different spots.
Interesting you mention auricula as tolerating drier conditions, since that is what is wilting for me on sunny days that mostly I'd only call warm, not hot.. of course its a hybrid, so who knows what genes it has.. if I weren't running short of good sized rocks (!) I'd put one in front of it, maybe I'll find a
Its funny, I've tended to think more about my lack of full, all day sun locations, so now I realise many of my part sun spots do get sun in mid-day when the sun is high- always more things to learn even just about a few acres like this! Of course I do have full shade areas, but many of them have a lot of native plants and I haven't done much bed development in those spots yet.. I could even plant a few in the wet woods behind the house, not quite the same as in the yard but might be an interesting experiment...
Too bad about bulleyana not overwintering, guess I will find out!
I have to get out this afternoon and try to finish (maybe not) the dryland area of the rock garden, then I'll be thinking about some of those shady spots..

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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Cohan I had a similar problem like you. I got double auricula seeds from Barnhaven primroses and germinated them year before last. I got six seedling.3 of them I planted in full sun .Other 3 planted in the space between my and my neighbours house which gets only morning sun. all 3 have flowers now and all are double. The ones in full sun have stunted look and also wilts in full sun. Last week I moved them also to the area between the houses.

Krish

Saskatoon,SK,Canada
Zone 3a
one of the sunniest cities in Canada.
Temperature range +30C to -38C.
average annual precipitation 347.2mm.

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My climate is roughly mild and wet in Summer and less mild and wet in Winter. As far as Summer is concerned, and in the last few days we have at last begun to have to one, Primulas don't like it unless they are well shaded. If not shaded the leaves soon crisp and the plants soon loose vigour and often die. Primula vulgaris often copes better than others in these conditions. So. for Primulas outside in Summer, shade would be my mantra. 

David Nicholson
in Devon, UK  Zone 9b

cohan
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Thanks David and Krish.. I'll have to decide whether or not to move that auricula- the wilting is only for a short time daily, and only on those warm, dry days of which there have not been a whole lot this year! So far no leaf damage...
I'll probably then stick to mostly shadier spots for the new seedlings..

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Hoy
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Cohan, how can you run out of rocks and stones? I could have sent you some nice ones but it's too expensive ;D

Hope this one will do  ;)

BTW these are growing on my driest if not sunniest spot:

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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Trond, that is very similar colour to my one auricula! We haven't had many of those 'hot' days, so I guess it will hang on for now..
Yes, please send that rock and some others  ;D
I don't have cash to bring in a truck full of rocks right now- it would have to come from at least 20miles/32km away (nearest town, if they have stockpiles at the gravel place there).. so what I have is the mixed stone that comes from farmers' fields around here (it doesn't sit on top of the soil, they have to be picked off fields as plowing pulls them to the surface over time, just very scattered), and was brought here for gardens years ago- I've recycled my old rock garden for the area I'm working on now- still lots of small stones, but large ones are gone except for sandstone pieces I'll be using in the dryland section...
For the next beds I have to dig rocks out of old overgrown plantings of my mom's, prob not too big, mostly 3-6inches diameter at most.. the plants wont care of course, but I love rocks too...lol

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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I'm luckier than you then! I just have to take my wheelbarrow less than 100m to have plenty of rocks and stone in all sizes.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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I wish! Most of our rocks are well buried in soil and invisible until you plow the soil repeatedly...

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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An unknown species (resembling P capitata moreana and maybe the very same) from Chadwell seed this year.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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Hoy wrote:

An unknown species (resembling P capitata moreana and maybe the very same) from Chadwell seed this year.

Nice one :) Is this a large or small plant?

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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