Tough Little Plants
When spring weather has not stabilized and frost is not yet out of the picture, not many plants are well equipped to deal with left-over extremes. Primrose (Primula) is one of the early spring flowers that can deal with a wider than normal range of temperatures. Recently the temperatures locally have been around 60° to 75°F during the day, dropping to below 40°F overnight. These little plants are thriving even though some of them started as little more than a root. Deer found them tasty this last winter; chewing them right down to a stump. Some were pulled from the ground but still hung on until I found them and poked them back in the ground.
Their blooming also lasts a long time. This spring has been good for the primrose since it’s still too cold for the slugs who come out at night, so the leaves and petals are still intact.