...and there are another 30 in another tray. All from one packet of native seed sown last autumn and left on the floor of the cold greenhouse to 'stratify'. Primroses germinate better after a period of cold. These are destined for Coronation Wood (see top) next spring, or if the plugs are sturdy enough I may put them in in autumn.
I love growing from seed.
If I want lots of something it's the cheapest, and with most plants, easiest way but it does need patience and attention. In my experience there is no such thing as 'sow and forget'. Drying out on one hot day, a couple of slugs overnight, the neighbour's dog digging - you can lose them all so easily!
If you want large numbers a local nursery may sell you a full tray at almost wholesale price plus carriage. Some wholesalers will take (what to them) are small orders - there may be surcharge - but getting together with other gardeners can make this viable. J Parker at www.dutchbulbs.co.uk is one such. Though they have been known to send the wrong thing....which is maddening when it's a full season or even a year until you find out!
Tomorrow....an idyllic thatched cottage - for sale.