Crowns, coronae

The Japanese primrose (Primula japonica, candelabra) is about to bloom in the north-east US.  Flowers all summer long.

 

The last garden planted by Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969, American) at Winterthur, Delaware, was planted in a quarry with a natural spring.

 

The Japanese primrose populates the quarry bed beneath the shade of bushes which include azalea and the lily-of-the valley bush (Andromeda japonica).

 

 

 

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The Quarry Garden, Winterthur, Delaware.  

 

 

 

Having admired this primrose in the Quarry Garden, the proprietor of Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware,  Pamela Lammot du Pont Copeland (1906-2001, American) seeded a small area around a pond at Mt. Cuba with the same plant. 

 

The Japanese primrose is the only non-native plant maintained at Mt. Cuba, a park and garden of flora native to the Appalachian Piedmont.

 

 

 

 

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Japanese primrose, Mt. Cuba, Delaware, from whose website this photo

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These primroses and their spectacular coronae are out of bounds to us this year.

 

As though there is a fear that they could infect us.

 

And, of course, year after year they have infected me with their delicate beauty, to my great good fortune.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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