Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pretty Primrose (Primula vulgaris)

I receive this beautiful gift every winter from my very sweet Mom. She was so excited to see them in the food market, she had to bring some early spring home!


Nothing signals the beginning of spring more than these beauties. I especially love the butter colored yellow ones......


Only long-tongued insects, such as bees and moths can ensure cross-fertilization of these little beauties.An infusion of the flowers has been used to treat restlessness and insomnia, an infusion of the root has been used to help headaches related to nervousness. A salve can be made from the leaves to apply to wounds.


Shakespeare found them inspiring and wrote about them in many of his works, here he refers to them as cowslips, which are in the primrose family.....

The cowslips tall her pensioners be:

In their gold coats spots you see;

Those be rubies, fairy favours,

In those freckles live their savours:

I must go seek some dewdrops here

And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2. 1

The little ladies were inspired to dissect the flowers and draw them in their nature journals. Fauna studied the purple one......





Rainy studied the red one....



My baby sis picked up this incredible tool for the girls one Christmas. It is called The Eye Clops, it's a very easy to use microscope that projects images onto the tele. She picked it up on sale at Target. We use it for everything to see "up close and personal." As you can see, it has been used to look at dirt! We used it today to look at the little hairs on the primrose stem, the plant cell structures and the different colors of pigment of the flowers.

Next time you go to the food market, don't overlook these little late winter, early spring beauties. Bring one home and put it in a sunny window to admire and to remind you that spring is right around the corner.

9 comments:

sybilbrun said...

So cool Lisa! This was an informative and beautiful post!

Leanne said...

So pretty...what a lovely tradition your Mum and you have. Love the studies.

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The Magic Onions said...

Enjoyed learning about the primrose... thanks.

Tammy said...

The primrose is such a pretty and delicate flower...I love the soft yellow one the best. Sweet of your mom to pick them up for you. :)

dongdong said...

Those are beautiful. I didn't see them in my supermarket. Probably need to go check out a flower store or like you said, farmer market or something.

onegoldensun said...

What a lovely post. Thank you for sharing! I love the primrose, and the drawing studies.

Peggy said...

I just learned more in about botany than I have in a long, long while. I would very much like it if my two girls and I could please be homeschooled by you. We would be happy to join via skype! You are a wonder to behold.

Lynnie said...

I have never seen an Eye Clops before! Looks like it could be a VERY useful tool! Intrigued....