These pretty flowers are popping up in quite a few places all around town, and it took me the longest time to identify them. But now I know they are primroses. Identification was so hard because there are over 450 different species, all looking so different. The last picture is one I got from the web. It is a picture of a different primrose, just to show you how the different varieties don't look anything alike. The English love primroses and have a special relationship with them. They seem to be an enchanted flower, because there is a lot of folklore linking primroses and fairies! Long ago, mothers told their children that primroses were the little houses of fairies, who would stay in them as protetction from the rain. Legend also says that eating primroses would allow you to see the fairy folk! So many children would eat the flowers in hopes of seeing a fairy. Oh, and about my title, an old saying that I haven't heard in ages. To "lead someone down the primrose path" means to deceive them into thinking that something is easier than it really is. But there was one person who never did that.
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28,30