Primrose Day


Primrose Day 1885 by Frank Bramley 1857-1915

‘Primrose Day’ by Frank Bramley, 1885, from the Tate Gallery, Image released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0 Unported)

Today, April 19th, is Primrose Day, and marks the anniversary of the death of British statesman and Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, Lord Beaconsfield, in 1881.

Traditionally his statue in Parliament Square is decorated with primroses on this day, and people paid tribute to him by wearing primroses.  Queen Victoria sent a wreath of primroses to his funeral, stating that they were his favourite flower.

Primula vulgaris

Primula vulgaris, Primrose.  Image from Wikipedia

For many other people, they are also a favourite flower, and our gardeners have sent some pictures of their primroses.

Glynis's primrose basket 2 A


Glynis's primrose basket 1 A


Lesley's garden 2 A


Rob's primula 1 Silver laced A


Rob's primula 2 Blue Jeans or Zebra blue A


To finish up our celebration of the primrose, I hope that Barnhaven Primroses will forgive me for borrowing three images from their lovely website – Barnhaven breed some of the most beautiful primrose cultivars.  Please don’t sue!

primula sieboldii flamenco Barnhaven primroses

Primula sieboldii ‘Flamenco’, Barnhaven Primroses

double-primrose-creme-du-tregor Barnhaven Primroses

Primula ‘Crème du Tregor’, Barnhaven Primroses

primula-sieboldii-lacy-lady Barnhaven primroses

Primula sieboldii ‘Lacy Lady’, Barnhaven Primroses

Celebrate Primrose Day!


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