Pink and Yellow Evening Primrose: Number 6 in a Garden Photo Series
First Comes Pink, Next Comes Yellow, Both Primrose Bringing Neighbors Asking What They Could Be!
Evening primrose add an interesting element to a garden--the neighbors!
Multiplying as if there’s no tomorrow, evening primrose never fail to please. I read that the definition of their name, speciosa, is “showy,” and I find that they surely do live up to their reputation.
People often comment that they wish they could grow flowers like my primrose. I try to tell them that what I grow pretty much takes care of itself or it doesn’t grow in my garden, but the extravaganza these darlings put on contradict my words too well.
Evening Primrose make me look like an expert, and that’s the definition of a friend, isn't it? Hope you enjoy seeing these striking heroines of my garden that make a wow-pow impact in my garden each year.
Primrose--Beautiful and Useful
Used for culinary as well as health and beauty purposes, primrose are valued for many reasons. I love them because they enthrall neighbors and visitors alike by dancing merrily in the sunlight of my southern yard for weeks--as long as I don't let them get too dry.
“Where can I get some of those?” is always one of the first questions I get from those who encounter my primrose. I’m glad to be able to say to my friends that they are more than welcome to a handful of my dainty little pets. Either color transplants well, and once established they both reproduce themselves like bunnies.
Another gardener I know complains that they take over any place she plants them, but I see them as filling in wherever they are needed. They are easy to clean out if they indeed become too invasive, but as I said, there are always plenty of takers.
3 Yellow Primrose Unfurling
I just keep an area in mind that I would like to use for something else and give away the evening primrose popping up there when someone asks if I share them. “Share them?” I ask. “By all means! How can I not share the joy they bring to my garden?”
About the time my pink primrose are blooming profusely, the yellow primrose is beginning to bud out. Then, halfway through the pink’s bloom season, the yellows slowly start their exhibition, with no hint of their coming spectacle.
Once they start, the shy pretense of their initial appearance is over. In contrast to the pink primrose’s demure dances, the yellows boldly proclaim their presence with blatant happiness. Blooming as if their lives depended on it, they seem to take delight in making people stop and stare.
There is nothing to do but admire their bravery in the face of the elements. If the yellows are not careful they could be thought of as pushy--even self-assertive and arrogant--for their impractical conspicuousness. Thankfully, they are careful, and have never overtaken the pinks.
The two intermingle very nicely, playing together like well-bred children. As bright as the pinks are pale, the yellows make their own golden sunshine outside my kitchen window, with the pinks laughing and swaying in the wind just beyond them.
If I want to transplant or give away a few of one kind I never have to worry about finding the color I’m looking for. It’s easy to tell the pink and yellow plants apart when there are no flowers because the foliage of the pink has more delicate stems and leaves, with the yellow being considerably more substantial.
I also like the fact that the yellow’s heavier foliage behaves somewhat like a ground cover for that means less weeding in the summer. The young plant is compact and low to the ground, with runners creating new plants after spring blooms fade.
Up Close And Friendly
Getting some nice close-up shots to share in this hub encouraged my developing efforts with photography. I was pleased with the results because I wanted you to see some of the pink petal’s translucence and get a sense of the heartiness of the yellow’s flowers.
I hope you enjoy my photos of these pink and yellow evening primrose. Although I had to chase them a bit in the slight wind, they were a delight to take pictures of because the afternoon light right after a good rain was perfect for these gregarious plants.
Pink Evening Primrose and A Bee :)
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