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 Vol 77, Issue No. 1 (Winter 2019)

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Contents

The View from Here by Rhondda Porter & Michael Plumb …3
Primula ellisiae by Robin Hanson ……………………………………5
Chapter Reports …………………………………………………………….7
2018 National Show Report by Merrill Jensen ……………….. 10
Barnhaven 2019 Press Release ……………………………………… 12
Primula sieboldii Photos by Paul Held …………………………… 16
Shades of Grey by Rhondda Porter ……………………………….. 21
GA3 & Seed Germination by Robert Pavlis ……………………. 23
Pins + Thrums ……………………………………………………………. 25
Vintage Bits ……………………………………………………………….. 26
Minutes May 20, 2018 ………………………………………………… 27
New Members ……………………………………………………………. 31
Officers of the Chapters ………………………………………………. 31

The View from Here

RHONDDA PORTER & MICHAEL PLUMB

Welcome to 2019 and a new year of Primula growing. The Seed Exchange is well underway and when your seeds arrive, you will get to plant your newest treasures. Thank you to everyone who donated seed. The number of varieties being offered is a testament to the devotion of the people who raise the plants, collect and clean the seed, and send it to our Seed Exchange elves for packaging and mailing. A special thank-you to the members who included a donation with their seed orders to help cover the increase in mailing costs.
As you know, the APS Board has been working to ensure that the society remains on a sound financial basis. We appreciate the loyalty of our members in maintaining their membership despite a long-postponed increase in dues. We are hoping that the $25 membership fee for digital only copies of our quarterly “Primroses” will encourage more international members to join and save the society the increasing costs of printing and mailing paper quarterlies.
The new website can be seen at www.americanprimrosesociety.org. It is still undergoing some final tweaking, so please visit it and play around with the site. Let our webmaster know if you have problems or have suggestions for improvements. For all the people who were frustrated with trying to upload photos into the old Forum, the new Forum lets you upload photos with your posts, so get posting! Show us pictures of the Primula you grow, describe your successes and failures, and your best practices. The Forum is also a place to ask other members for their advice on growing, dealing with diseases and pests, and getting reluctant Primula to bloom. It is your website, so enjoy!
Don’t forget you need to log in to use any of the member-only functions of the website. When you join or rejoin using PayPal, your user name will automatically be sent to the email address you have provided. With this user name you can obtain your password by following the instructions in the log-in area near the top right of the home page of the new website. If you find the new password cumbersome, you can then simplify it by first logging in with it, then going into the Members-Only section near the top left of the home page and clicking on ‘Reset Password’.
As a final note, some members of the Board have reached the end of their terms. We are looking for nominations for the post of President, Secretary, and two directors. You don’t need to be a Primula expert to serve on the Board; just be willing to help manage the APS and to attend four on-line meetings a year. The duties of the various officers are described on the website under ‘Members Only’ > ‘Duties of officers and Directors’. You will need to log in to see this information.
We wish you much success in this new growing year!

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