Yesterday afternoon: My garden in the Scottish Borders.
The lovely wild primrose has several natural, and ancient, variants. This is the pink variety. We find it a lot tougher than the plain yellow, easily divided, seedling mildly, making a sheet of an unusual spring colour. Best of all, vine weevil grubs leave it alone, whilst chewing out the roots of every other sort of primula we try to grow. Maddening.
It’s named after Humphry Waldo Sibthorp (1713-1797), an Oxford professor for many years, and whose career was outshone by his son John. John studied medicine at Edinburgh, but became absorbed by the flowers of Greece, collecting 3000 specimens. The collection formed the basis for the first (and fascinating).book on Greek botany.