Friday, April 30, 2010
Striped Victorian Polyanthus Primrose
PRIMULA "STRIPED VICTORIANS," CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN, GLENCOE, ILLINOIS, APRIL 28, 2010
Tamron SP AF 90mm DI Macro
1/250 sec. f11
We all know what "following the primrose path" means, but why this flower was chosen for the idiom is murky. Only Shakespeare, the lover of flower imagery who coined the phrase, knows. In any case, this particular variety of primrose once was a common sight in 19th century English cottage gardens, hence its name.