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Monday, January 19, 2009

New Flowers!

Who out there in garden bloggerland knows these flowers. I purchased them this morning at the local nursery.
Two Primula Malacoides - Libre Mix (Fairy Primrose or Baby Primrose)
Morning Sun - (Great Houseplant, not for me though)
Zones 8 - 11
Morning Sun in my zone
Blooms midwinter through mid spring, great with spring blooming bulbs.
This one has peach and white blooms.

This one has purple and white blooms.

Salvia "Hot Lips" (This photo taken courtesy of the internet)
Tall bushy clumping salvia to 24" tall.
Mix of red or white flowers, mix changes with the heat.
Zones 7 - 9
Here is the plant without the blooms, that's why the photo above was borrowed from the internet.
So, what do you think?

28 comments:

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I love primrose. But, I am not sure what your question is. I would be happy to try and help. I have never grown them as a houseplant.

Darla said...

My questions are: What do any of you know about these flowers and do you have any tips on growing them? The salvia is pretty much a no brainer, just wondered if any of you have it and how do you like it?

perennialgardener said...

I've grown Primrose in my garden and they were quite hardy for a few years (inspite of my zone 7b) when planted on the North side of the house in a sheltered area. They were pretty easy, no real maintenance. They prefer shade! I've never grown Hotlips but you can't go wrong with Salvias, they are the easiest perennials out there. Good finds!

Valerie said...

Is one of these my birthday present??? Just kidding. You already sent me a great birthday present. I love these flowers.

happily retired gal said...

Your flowers are lovely ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

bennie and patsy said...

I have had primrose and they did not reseed for me or come back after winter. I love salvia like you said is a no brainer and it comes in so many colors.
patsy

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hey Girlie, How are you??? Love the Primroses, especially the peach colored one. Pretty!!!!

AND--when your 'hot lips' blooms, I want a picture. Okay???
Hugs,
Betsy
P.S. We have snow in TN today...Yeah!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Those primula are gorgeous! We can't grow that variety here in the north. I sure wish I could. The salvia is beautiful too.
Marnie

Susie said...

I've not grown the primrose before but I have a Salvia like that but it isn't Hot Lips. I'm not sure which color it is. Hopefully I will find out this spring. I brought it home from work without blooms.

Shellmo said...

I have no answers - but just admiration for your beautiful flowers! I am picking up a flower book this week to see what will grow in my "zone."

Gunilla said...

Thanks for your comment in my blog.

What lovely flowers in the photos. Thanks for charing them.

Greetings

Gunilla in Sweden

Rosemarie said...

I like the hot lips ones - too cool! I never have any advice for you because as soon as I look at at plant or flower it shrivels up and dies. Sigh ... I live vicariously through your yard.

(Glad you like the boppies, too!!!)

Marsha said...

I don't know anything about the first two plants but I grew Sylvia Hot Lips last summer as an annual and I loved it. It was blooming when I planted it in May and it bloomed until a hard frost in October. The blooms are small but so bright they show up great and the "lips" are quite the conversation starter with garden friends.

Leedra said...

Got yourself some pretty new flowers to be showing us as they grow.

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Dorothy said...

I'm not much of a flower person if it's more complicated than Zinnias! I like to look at yours and maybe learn something in the process. ☺

My Chutney Garden said...

I love "hot lips". I grow red and blue salvia but I've never seen this variety. We can't grow primroses down here because it's too hot I think.
My salvias do really well in filtered light and I've found the red to be more hardy than the blue.
Thanks for coming by to visit my blog. I love your site.

marmee said...

very wonderful choices. our garden centers here have nothing much. some pansies. i don't know any of these flower but i love the hot lips.

Wicked Gardener said...

Love the hot lips!

Carletta said...

Seeing all your flower posts - I don't think you will have any problem having and keeping these all beautiful!

fishing guy said...

Darla: I love the colors of your new flowers. It is hard to think of flowers up here under 24" of snow.

Sue said...

I haven't grown that kind of salvia before. I don't know if people grow primroses here or not. I don't think I've tried them. I love all salvias, though.

Dani said...

I don't have this salvia, but would love to get some seeds of it.

Anonymous said...

You bought some beautiful flowers. I love the Salvia Hot Lips. It's so gorgeous! Which nursery did you get it from? That's one I'll have to add to my yard. :)

Jhocelyn

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

They are lovely flowers, and I did not want to say anything about the primula until I was absolutely sure, it was not malacoides. But Primula obconica. They are some of my favorite spring flowers. But watch them if you have allergies.

They love a cool shady spot in summer, and make a great houseplant. A little fertilizer in the water, and moist soil. They are not hardy, so overwinter inside if you can.

The salvia is a lovely sun loving, heat seeking plant. It will perform well in a very sunny hot spot. Great color.

Hope that you enjoy them, Jen.

Gail said...

I do love the Hot lips Salvia! I tried growing primrose but planted them in the wrong spot. Never have gotten them again; but they are sweet flowers. gail

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Hi Darla, Malacoides is a much smaller flower, more dense, almost like a buddlia flower. It is also very heavily covered in pollen? or some sort of dusty pollen like material.

Primula obconica, has larger flowers, more pastel colored. It seems to be the hardier of the two, at least it is my opinion. Hope that helps. You could also google it. There might be photos.

Jen

Susan Tomlinson said...

I don't know anything about any of them but the salvia, but I can say that I do love the salvia, as do hummingbirds. I grow several varieties and find them beautifula nd easy to care for.

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

No experience with primrose, but have several types of salvia. I don't have the type you bought though. THat's a pretty one;)