8th February 2014
WET and mild - it looks as if this could be an early flowering season down here - so far we have had little in the way of frosts. As usual this year we'll be offering an even wider range of auriculas. Our online catalogue lists only available plants, and is updated every week as cultivars sell out and others become big enough to leave home. We are constantly adding to our Plant Heritage National Collections, and steadily able to share more of the off-spring to pay for their keep!
WE can post our latest printed catalogue - which also includes cultivation advice - if you send £2.50 to Pop's Plants, Pop's Cottage, Barford Lane, Downton, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 3PZ.
THANKS to everyone who attended and helped at last year's CHARITY OPEN WEEKEND. This year it will held on MAY 10TH AND 11TH, and will be in aid of the Trussell Trust. We will be open from 1030 to 1630 each day. Parking is free, admission is £1.00 for adults, free for children. The auricula theatres will be suitably 'dressed', and members of the National Auricula and Primula Society will be on hand to give cultivation advice. As usual there will be fine cakes!
LATER in May we will be returning to RHS Rosemoor in Devon to give a couple of talks. We had a great day there last year and were delighted to be invited back. Please email us for details.
WE have been fortunate to be featured in a number of publications recently, including the March edition of the RHS's 'The Garden' following a visit by Roy Lancaster. Our plants grace the auricula theatre at the New York Botanical Gardens, and stages in the period gardens of London's Geffrye Museum as well as many other fine places. Our auriculas certainly get around the world, as well as to many parts of Europe. We send regularly to the USA, Canada, Japan and the Falkland Islands. It's really encouraging to see auriculas becoming established in some pretty hostile environments!
YOU can see stunning pictures of auriculas and other primulas exhibited around the UK by members of the National Auricula and Primula Society on the websites of the three sections. There are links from www.southernauriculaprimula.org This year's shows are just coming up, so why not visit, or at least enjoy the photographs.
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