FROM PRIMROSE TO LITTLE BLUE FLOWERS

FOTD – Feb 28 – Those Little Blue Flowers

I’ve had these flowers growing in my garden since we moved here and I never knew what they were. A few years ago, someone said “Oh, those are primroses!” Well, a bit more research and I have no idea if they are some kind of primrose or something like veronica. So I think I’ll return to calling them “those little blue flowers” that grow everywhere.

Wild blue primroses in my garden

We grow a several kinds of little blue flowers. Some are closer to violet, others more blue blue. Some are a bit bigger than these, but none are large. A few are downright dainty. Here are two more types of little blue flowers we grow. One is (I’m pretty sure) a violet, though we have a so many of them them and in macro look like tiny irises.

Violets or something similar in early May

And finally, that other little blue or is it purple? flower that grows everywhere…

These are sometimes very blue, but can also be closer to purple and I don’t know what they are except pretty. Also, these are closer to creepers that flowers.



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  1. I have always preferred the wild flowers to hybrids. Wild roses are among my favorites because they still have a wonderful smell. The hybrid roses, while beautiful to look at, have no smell at all. So disappointing. Not sure what yours are, but we had some growing everywhere out on the farm. So many lovely flowers grow wild and my hubby used to bring me an armload each night after his day on the tractor.

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    • I’ve got wild roses, but mostly what they do is try to tear off my skin. Maybe it’s because they are lethal hedges, but they are cruel plants. I think roses vary by scent. Darker colors seem to produce more than lighter colors. We have red and pink hedge roses and the red ones smell better, but they are always trying to kill me. I think I’m ready for flower WITHOUT thorns.

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      • I had the wild roses also, but none as beautiful as the ones that grew up the hillside to my grandmother’s house. And when the entire group of cousins were there (52 of us)) Grandmother was constantly having to apply bandaids to all the places those thorns opened us up. She always received an armload from us for all that effort, but the smell was worth it. Hers were pink. We also had a hedge of them, white ones, and I can remember several people driving into it after exiting the, um, tavern down the road from us. It sure stopped the cars and sobered a lot of people up as they tried to get out of the embedded car.

        Most of my roses have to come from a shop now and the smell has been bred out of them in an effort to make them bigger and longer lasting. I would settle for a great smell and shorter life span, but I guess they are more for show now and less for perfume. They still have the thorns though, but I have to agree about the thornless ones. And in the wild, I prefer them without a resident bee!

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  2. Ah, my favorite (flower for outside)! I think it’s because I have a hard time killing them, and believe me I have tried. (not on purpose, of course.)
    But these look nothing at all like mine? Wild vs Costco? East coast vs West??
    No idea.
    Anyway, yours are lovely!!

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    • I’m betting “wild” vs. Costco. They have reproduced these to be many different colors and rather bigger than these — which are quite dainty. You can buy rhizomes for them from any plant store, online or not. These just showed up. Talk about unkillable!

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    • Now I’m wondering if the ARE primroses, in which case I’m back to “no idea what they are.” And they are NOT native to this region but come from almost anywhere on the other side of the Atlantic. They grow all over Europe and most of Asia as well as the Faroe Islands. SO I guess it’s back to “those little blue flowers.”

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  3. They look like speedwell to me – veronica family. There are lots of wild and cultivated forms. Very pretty.

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    • I was told they were primrose, but since I could not identify them myself, they could be ANY wildflower. We have several forms, too — always blue, but each with a different stem and leaf arrangement. The flowers are always small, but some are tiny. Blue. I used to just call them my “little blue flowers.”

      I am not good at identifying wildflowers — or any wild plants — and the ID sites always ask me questions about stem configuration and leaf growth that I can’t answer. I even bought books on it, but it hasn’t helped. A lot of the flowers look the same, but the stem and leaves are different. So you might be right. I think some of these were brought over from England. Our best wildflowers — like the tiger Day Lily are ALL imports. Even our swans are imported.

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      • They are definitely a speedwell of some sort. I have a couple of sorts growing around the allotment. Wild primroses are pale yellow, flat to the ground, low growing crowns of leaves. shaped like rabbits ears, also with single stem flowers about an inch or a little less across. The cultivated primrose form does have a blue-ish colour in its colour range but more electric blue than the china blue of veronica.

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        • I was looking them up and realized these definitely aren’t primroses. Speedwell sound about right, but what a strange name for a flower. These grow pretty low to the ground. They are also really small. You need to fly over and at the least, identify my wildflowers. All those little blue flowers drive me crazy. We FINALLY identified our rapidly growing climbing plants as bitter root which is apparently transplanted from somewhere and is a real “take over” plant. Actually, wild growing things have completely taken over the garden. I planted butterfly plants to attract butterflies. But they are HUGE. I keep reading about them, but these are about twice the size they should be and they have genuinely unattractive stalks and leaves. I finally grew one and last year there were half a dozen and I think by this year, there will be dozens of them. They do grow flowers, but they are the size of small trees — like 7 to 10 feet tall. I didn’t know that making bees and butterflies happy would be so unattractive.

          I used to have a garden. Now I have a giant weed patch. In other words, a MESS.

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