About Penny’s Primulas (Staddon Farm Nurseries)
Staddon Farm Nurseries started out as a small nursery in 1996, with a particular interest in alpine and Asiatic primulas. In 2000, we began our collection of the Japanese “Cherry Blossom” primrose: the Primula sieboldii.
All our named Primula sieboldii are produced by vegetative propagation – they do not come true from seed. Those that originate from seed strains, for example, ‘Pago Pago’, we have selected what we consider to be the best form and use the parent stock for our divisions.
In 2015 Penny had the honour of spending time with Mr. Tsuneo Torii from Japan. Mr. Torii has spent much of his life working on the identification and classification of Primula sieboldii, resulting in a number of published books on the subject. For those who have used our website previously you may find a few alterations in the spelling of our Primula sieboldii cultivars to reflect Mr. Torii’s work.
We are sadly no longer able to deliver plants outside of mainland UK. The combination of Brexit confusion and the excessive cost of phytosanitary certification prevents any export options.
COVID-19 has forced us to take a further year’s break from exhibiting our plants. We hope that the situation will have improved enough for us to attend sales later in this year. In 2022 we will again be exhibiting our Primula sieboldii collection at two RHS shows: Malvern Spring Festival and Chelsea Flower show in the RHS Floral Marquees.
In addition to the range of Primula sieboldii we offer for sale, our website has three other collections that we highlight through our “guest pages” – Epimediums and Ferns and a new list of plants of interest that we usually have available for sale: “Our other choices“, including a range of the Japanese woodland “Hakone” grass and small numbers of other woodland treats. We often use these plants to complement our exhibits and regularly receive requests for them. We hope you find our listings of interest.
We are still able to send plants out by mail order. We seek to minimise our use of plastic on the nursery, particularly single use plastics. However, if we receive goods wrapped in bubble wrap, we will re-use that in the packages we send out.
If you are interested in purchasing our plants by mail-order, simply visit our online shop and place your order. We will then confirm availability and cost, including delivery, by phone. All orders are sent with accompanying plant passport certification.
We accept all major credit and debit cards over the phone. We also accept payment by BACS. Unfortunately we can no longer accept payment by cheque.