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I looked out of the windows this morning and saw blue skies and sunshine with what appeared to be the remains of frost on the grass. It felt wonderful and I ventured out to check on the garden.  Like everyone’s it is in a bedraggled state with various smaller pots etc strewn about after the high winds. But then, a moment of magic, the primulas that had been planted under the apple tree growing in a large, heavy pot, are in full bloom – a splash of brilliant colour reminding me that nature can be forgiving and not to lose hope that better weather will come. 

They might appear to be delicate and fragile, but their looks belie their appearance and it seems that whatever the weather they reliably bring a blaze of colour enriching our gardens and containers.  Their colours range from subtle whites and gentle pastels at one end of the scale right through to flamboyant purples and reds at the other, so whatever your preference there will be a plant to suit.  They can be single, semi-double or double.  And, as if that wasn’t enough, along with plain colours they can be bi-colour or tri-colour – we are spoilt for choice.

High on my list of garden ‘things to do’ will be to plant loads more.  Preferably they like to be sited in a shady place in well drained soil.  I give all the fruit trees I am growing in large pots a handful of bone meal so the primulas will benefit as well.  By late spring the garden centres should have plants for sale in every colour, so make your choice and hopefully you will be enjoying them over the next few years.

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