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Pink and Yellow Evening Primrose: Number 6 in a Garden Photo Series

Updated on May 13, 2016
Primrose Dancing in the Rain
Primrose Dancing in the Rain | Source

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.


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Primrose Bowing In The Wind
Primrose Bowing In The Wind | Source
Pink Primrose Perking Up After Rain
Pink Primrose Perking Up After Rain | Source
Primrose Reaching For Sun After Rain
Primrose Reaching For Sun After Rain | Source
Primrose Have Amazing Details
Primrose Have Amazing Details | Source
Beautiful And Delicate Pink Primrose
Beautiful And Delicate Pink Primrose | Source
Hello World, Calls The Primrose
Hello World, Calls The Primrose | Source
Primrose En mass Are Breathtaking
Primrose En mass Are Breathtaking | Source
English Hare Watching Primrose Jump Out Of The Ground :)
English Hare Watching Primrose Jump Out Of The Ground :) | Source
Yellow Evening Primrose Are Deeply Colored
Yellow Evening Primrose Are Deeply Colored | Source
The Color Of Yellow Primrose Never Fails To Amaze
The Color Of Yellow Primrose Never Fails To Amaze | Source
Yellow Primrose Have Sturdier Foliage Than Pinks.
Yellow Primrose Have Sturdier Foliage Than Pinks. | Source
Yellow Primrose Blossoms Come Out In Hardy Groups
Yellow Primrose Blossoms Come Out In Hardy Groups | Source
Geese Headed North For The Hot Summer Singing "See You Later" As They Fly Over Beds Of Evening Primrose
Geese Headed North For The Hot Summer Singing "See You Later" As They Fly Over Beds Of Evening Primrose | Source
My Mini Meadow Of Pink Primrose
My Mini Meadow Of Pink Primrose | Source
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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 :)

Proof that Evening Primrose Blooms Are Astonishing:

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      oceansnsunsets:

      So glad you enjoyed seeing these photos! You'll be glad to know that over the last months of neglect my primrose decided to do quite well on their own. I've decided that they thrive on neglect and enjoy being left alone very much.

      I'll try to post a panoramic picture of the pinks party tomorrow. Yellows are not blooming just yet, but the plants are in there under the pinks and growing wildly.

      Thank you for stopping in and commenting. Wish I could transport some of these plants your way, but if you get them started you'll have plenty. The foliage of each is pretty with the pinks being lighter green and kind of wispy, and the yellows being darker green and thicker, chunkier.

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      These primrose flowers you have pictured here are just lovely. While I like gardens and even gardening, I am becoming more and more like what you said about a plant needing to pretty much do well on its own!

      Thanks for sharing this information and the lovely photos with us. The two colors sound like they grow well together, how nice that must be! I will have to plant some this year.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks kindly, SweetiePie. I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos, and I appreciate your visiting and sharing your input very much.

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      The primrose is a very beautiful flower, and I like your photography of these.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks so much! Appreciate your visit and your input.

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Primroses are one of my favourites, I love your style of writing and really enjoyed this hub, thanks for sharing and voted up.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks kindly. Appreciate your visit and input very much!

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      Suzanne Sheffield 6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      I grew yellow evening primroses many years ago and enjoyed them very much. Great hub.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Pamela99:

      You are so kind! Thank you for visiting and for your generous comments. It's been a neat learning experience all-round!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you kindly, Darknlovely.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks so much for your visit, anginwu. I laugh out loud every time I think of how the primrose multiplies so quickly! I hope you get to grow them again. Sure wish I could share some of my pink and yellow friends with you. :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Another splendid hub. The yellow primroses opening are an awesome video. Each hub you have done on your garden has been outstanding.

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      I love primroses and the pink ones can be very prolific--my yard was covered with them in no time. That was in my former house but I must say they put on quite a show. Rated up.

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      Annie 6 years ago from NewYork

      nice hub