The Primrose path – Primula vulgaris ssp. sibthorpii

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.


About david stuart

garden writer and journalist, and occasionally a designer, with a garden in the Scottish borders, and his pal's gardens in Edinburgh, London, and Lincolnshire. They keep both of us very, very busy. Books I've written listed on my website, and dozens of articles and garden and plant pictures. Currently working on several new projects. One of these was to return to painting - see the blog - and which is proving exciting! or, more fun, have a look at
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