Rescue Remedy

Three plants (Primula denticulata) for £3.00 – buy them, go back the next day and buy six more. Simple!

All are good sized plants, a little clump in themselves, and although some of the drumsticks are over or broken there are more to come – and next year lots more, of course! I have several possible locations for these rescued waifs – woodland edge, blue & white or species snowdrop borders and the vacated Devil’s Plant area, or the woodland itself of course. Some in each, even?

I have spent a little time today on my knees in the woodland, digging out more of the wild garlic seedlings; I thought I had got rid of the current crop before I relaid the bark for the path, but not so – I will need to learn to deadhead them before they set seed, perhaps eating the heads as I go along, as suggested by Chris at Croft Garden in a comment on a previous post. I also dug up several wood anemone  (A nemoerosa) plantlets and replanted them to the right of the path, wondering how long I could keep anemones to the right and bluebells and wild garlic to the left. I was reading recently that wood anemones take 100 years to spread 6 feet – but of course if you start with more than one you can easily expect a carpet in your lifetime. I probably started with 100 from Peter Nyssen in the autumn of 2000 and I now have more than a small rug :


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18 Responses to Rescue Remedy

  1. Liz says:


    Excellent find! I went on the hunt for some yesterday but didn’t spot any… Couldn’t find any Fritillaria either; most disappointed. I’ll have to divide the Drumstick Primulas I have already instead 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Liz – the denticulata were from JTF Warehouse, believe it or not! Morrisons had some recently too, but not such big plants

  2. Great bargain – a few of them look like you may even get a couple of plants from each one! I’m on the look out for some pink/red ones this year I hope I can find them at sale prices!

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I was really pleased with them. I had some smaller purple ones from Morrisons last month, so they may still have some -they were £2 each

  3. I love your little woodland! Unfortunately, I think I won’t be able to have Primula denticulata or my other favourite P. pulverulenta as we cannot provide the conditions they favour (not yet anyway 😉 )

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Annette – I think we are fortunate with our soil here as it seems to support whatever I put in it, subject other factors out of my control I suppose, as well as those that are! Hope you will one day grow the primula you want 😉

  4. Anna says:

    Oh what a fine spread those wood anemones have made Cathy. A rug which I would not want to put my size sevens on 🙂

  5. Cathy your wood anemones look beautiful in your woodland, love the white denticulata, I have just ordered a white, I have the pale lilac here, Frances

  6. Your wood anemones appear to have a wonderful feel. It must be a real pleasure working in your garden.

  7. croftgarden says:

    Lovely anemones.
    You seem to have a talent rooting out for plant bargains!

  8. Helen Johnstone says:

    What a bargain and unusually pale? My anemones are only just appearing but I am glad to see that they are starting to spread.

    • Cathy says:

      The denticulata were quite random, not at a garden centre but at a JTF warehouse! Mine took a few years to settle but I would say they are romping now, so hopefully yours will do the same

  9. The garden centers here are not putting out much yet in the way of perennials. I’ve been buying flats of pansies, planting them, then going back for more. Just got a delivery of perennials I ordered in the fall.

    • Cathy says:

      It’s exciting when you have a delivery like that, isn’t it, particularly if you have forgotten what you ordered?!

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