Border Auricula also known as Primula Auricula.
April and May! Showtime for the Border Auricula’s here in our Cheshire garden, they also performed pretty well in Aberdeen
The Auricula above (Curry blend) is one of my favourites. Potted up a few years ago in Aberdeen, it was a tiny plant, however this Spring it has given a really good show in the North facing gravel border of our Cheshire garden.
You can see where they were coming from when naming this one.
The deep purply blue flowers frosted with silver dots makes Starling stand out.
Planted at the same time as (Curry Blend) Starling has been slower to develop, well worth waiting for.
Auricula Leather jacket
The dusky pink and white (Auricula Leather jacket) is subtle, yet has its own charm.
Although Auriculas are fully hardy, I felt that I could make the most of them planted in terracotta pots.
Auricula Rusty dusty yellow
Rusty Dusty, not unlike Curry blend.
Growing Border Auricula in terracotta pots.
Although the border Auriculas are fully hardy, they are quite fussy regarding growing conditions.
The soil must be free draining, and protection from Summer sunshine is important. For me, this makes growing in pots more simple.
I have to mention, the enthusiasts who grow show Auriculas take the whole thing to another level. They grow the finest and showy-est of plants displayed in a theatrical manner, in fact, in a theatre, extreme example nothing wrong with this, in fact it looks amazing, just not for me.
So, anyway our Auriculas are potted up in terracotta pots using 50% peat based multi-purpose compost, 30% John Innes No2, and 20% grit, topping the pot with a layer of grit.
After a couple of years I found some of them required re-potting, which I did soon after flowering was over.
Early November I place the plants in the unheated greenhouse, here in Cheshire its a wee thing, a sort of zip up wardrobe which gives protection from the rain, as explained they dont mind the cold but hate being waterlogged.
Over Winter keep your plants almost, but not dust dry, pull away any lower dead yellow leaves. The plants will start to look really sorry for themselves, but they are in a state of near dormancy
In early March I start light feeding, I use Richard Jacksons Flower Power as seen on Qvc.
I find placing them outdoors at the beginning of April in a sunny position gets them going. Later on in the Spring when buds have developed and flowers are opening I move the plants down to the gravel border near the North facing wall of the house where they can be enjoyed at their best.
Dead head after flowering, keep them away from the hot Summer sun and water sparingly. Your Auriculas will stop growing in the Summer and make a little spurt of growth in early Autumn some of which may well have a few flower.
A few other Auriculas in our garden which I dont have the names of. Well, to be honest it really doesn’t lessen the pleasure they give.
Next on the wishlist is those candelabra type Primulas, I think they would look good in the woodland area, have to do some research though, as this area is boggy in the Winter and very dry in Summers.
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