It's spring! (well, nearly...) The daffodils are shooting up, the snowdrops are already doing their thing, and what about the Primroses?
Yes, they are now flowering, but in many gardens they are not looking their best because they still have a frill of last year's leaves, which are now very large, very brown, and rather ugly.
So is it time to get out there and rip them all off? Yes! Except that instead of ripping them off, just snip them off, as close to the base of the plant as you can get, with either secateurs or scissors.
Does this seem like a bit of a faff? Well, yes, but the results are well worth it: getting rid of all the ugly old leaves shows off the flowers to their best advantage, against a background of nice fresh green leaves: and often, removing the long old leaves will reveal a small border of bare soil (where the weeds have been suppressed by the dying leaves) which makes the flowers stand out even more clearly.
Also, dead and dying leaves are a sort of running buffet for slugs and snails, not to mention being perfect hiding places from predators - and although all of nature is wonderful (I am rolling my eyes as I say it), there are some aspects of nature which simply don't need feeding or encouraging!
The photos above show two sets of Primrose clumps, before and after: and I hope you are now inspired to go round your garden, snipping and neatening!