Primula vialii (or P viallii depending on your choice of spelling) is one of the loveliest of flowers. Not a traditional primula by any means, it is also known as Turk’s Turban, Vial’s Primrose, Orchid Primrose, Red Hot Poker Primrose, Chinese Pagoda Primrose and probably a dozen other names besides, and all very descriptive. The starry lilac flowers open up from tight red buds, and gradually the flowering head lengthens to accommodate more flowers.
I love this primula and am lucky enough to be able to grow it in my garden, though it has – up to now – proven to be relatively short-lived for a member of this family. So it is definitely a case of ‘making the most of it’.
This is a perennial variety of the Osteospurmum or Cape Daisy. I’ve had it in the garden for years but it had become swamped by more vigorous plants. So I moved a tiny shoot to a new, clear spot and it’s rewarding me now with lovely sun-facing flowers.
The fuzzy purple flower heads of Meadow Rue – Thalictrum aquilegifolium – rise above other plants like a hazy cloud, but on closer inspection each individual flower head is like a small firework explosion.