Primula scotica, or the scottish primrose, is one of the rarest little flowers in the UK and lucky for me, it has a stronghold in Orkney - and it's in flower the noo (now)! How exciting is that?!!
How pretty is it? It has two flowerings in a season, one early around about now and one in July - in case like me, you normally miss it the first time!
Excuse the uploaded piles of pictures the little thing is truly amazing and you cannot get enough of it! And, some of them are Mr Flowers pictures too, he gets a bit grumpy when I don't give him credit for his lovely handiwork!
To give you an idea of scale - the plant in the photograph is 40 mm tall, or should that be 40 mm not-tall. And, I'm not actually supposed to be here, I'm writing up my final work and really shouldn't be taking time out for a sneaky walk with pretty flowers but why not....!
A beautiful primrose which loves the martime conditions on top of the cliffs growing happily in the maritime grassland and heath up there. Just now these cliffs are bursting with flowers, spring squill, sea pinks, eggs and bacon, and loads of other things I can hardly remember!
I did take pictures of other things too, but this little beauty is such a delight I got a bit carried away.
I like taking pictures of flowers, but I need a tripod and I need a bit more patience!
And I have to tell you a fellow island blogger got better pictures than me in 2009 and thought about putting a 50p beside it to give you an idea of scale! Thank you sian! I only had my manky little fingers!
It's very small! And, bear in mind, I'm very small too!
How gorgeous is that colour!
I'm a very happy little flower girl today, new wellies getting a walk, me dancing about like a loony! I got to see my favourite flower on an amazing cliff walk at Yesnaby which I'll upload for a lovely 'virtural' walk soon! However, as Mr Flowers found the little flower first this year, I'm still a bit unchuffed about that! I'll beat him next time, I hope!