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 able to deliver plants outside of mainland UK and (currently) the European Union in some instances. However, the cost of phytosanitary certification is too prohibitive to allow export to many countries, including USA. Please email Penny on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options and costs.
COVID-19 has forced us to take a year’s break from exhibiting our plants, but in 2021 we will again be exhibiting our Primula sieboldii collection at three RHS shows – Cardiff, Malvern Spring Festival and Chelsea Flower show in the RHS Floral Marquees. We hope that the 2020 Autumn shows will go ahead as planned and that we will be able exhibit our other nursery plants at RHS Garden Rosemoor in early autumn; and the Malvern Autumn Show.
We are still able to send plants out by mail order. As a nursery, we have self isolated. All of our plants have been on the nursery since at least last summer; and we ensure that our packaging materials have been on the nursery long enough to be clear of risk. We cannot control the external packaging, so recommend that you take reasonable care in unpacking our plants.
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.
If you are interested in purchasing our primulas by mail-order, simply visit our online shop and place your order. We will then confirm availability and cost, including delivery, by phone.
We can accept all major credit and debit cards over the phone. We can also accept payment by BACS. Unfortunately we can no longer accept payment by cheque.