Painting – WetCanvas March 2014 Plant Parade

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Primroses are a favorite of mine at this time of the year. When the Wetcanvas Floral and Botanical forum chose primroses as their Plant Parade subject for March, it was an easy decision to dig out an old reference photograph and join in the creating of some floral art.

You can see the many interpretations of primroses here: WetCanvas March 2014 Plant Parade

The Plant Parade allows any type of art medium in the creation of the month’s flower. So all you artists at heart, whether you draw daily or haven’t picked up a sketchbook for decades, break out your pencils, paints, collage fabrics, etc. Whatever your medium, April is a perfect month to create a few flowers.

WetCanvas is a terrific site for every type of art under the sun. Take a few moments and browse their many subject areas.

*I always include an inchworm in my floral paintings…can you find it?

Phlowers & Painting – Primrose Part II

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Yellow Primula by MustCreate

For those who like to paint/draw/craft all types of Flowerart, check out the WetCanvas March 2014 Plant Parade Challenge: March 2014 The Plant Parade – Primrose/Primula. The reference photograph for the beautiful primrose above, courtesy of the WetCanvas Reference Library and MustCreate, along with many others can be found on the WetCanvas site and used copyright-free for artwork. Happy creating!

Plant – Primrose Part I/Care and Sowing Seed

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Last week I was thrilled to find this gorgeous primrose on sale at my local supermarket. The beautiful flowers rival those I see planted in my favorite conservatory at Longwood Gardens. This is the season of primrose and other cold hardy seasonal plants.

You can find an informative article on how to grow primroses here: Dave’s Garden – Primroses

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I have three packets of primrose (primula) seeds I purchased last year from Swallowtail Garden Seeds. A link to their online seed catalog can be found here: Swallowtail Garden Seeds

Two of the varieties I purchased will grow indoors or out, one type with flowers held atop a three foot stem is better suited to grow outdoors. All need cool temperatures and moist soil to thrive. My past experience with primrose plants has shown them to be akin to pansies and other cold weather annuals and perennials, they die back when temperatures become too warm.

Here is a terrific article on how to grow primrose from seed: Growing Primrose From Seed

Because the primrose seed are very small, and hard to sow evenly by broadcasting on top of the seed starting medium, I will use my method of sowing small seeds to avoid the possibility of fungal diseases taking hold of the small seedlings. Here is a link to a post on how to sow small seeds: Sowing Small Seeds

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Plant and Planting – Primroses

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Each time I gaze upon this lovely primrose, peaking right now with three stalks of bloom, something in my heart goes “Zing!” Perhaps it is the soft pink of the petals, or the glowing of the green leaves within the rays of the sun. I’m so smitten by the primrose I have decided I must attempt to grow a few from seed to blooming size.

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I’ve been having good luck with seeds purchased from a company called Swallowtail Garden seeds. Without fail, all of the seeds I have purchased from this source have quickly sprouted and are growing now beneath lights.

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Here is a link to Swallowtail Garden Seeds. I live on the other side of the country, and the seeds reached me very quickly. I was able to keep track of their progress because of the great communication and tracking number they sent me. The seeds were well-packed in a bubble envelope. I recommend this company for quality and amazing selection of seeds.

Click below to visit Swallowtail Website:

Swallowtail Garden Seeds