As you are all aware I am a total novice gardener and learning everything as I go along. I bought and planted some winter flowers for a border and them some more for containers as I loved them so much. Winter container flowers and Winter flowers primroses and primula These poor little flowers really do have a tough time, they experience snow, frost, heavy rain, hail and the occasional warm and sunny day. The flowers at times look sodden and really rather sad making me wonder how they survive at all. I noticed that some of the primroses and primulas flowers were starting to die off and not recovering, I was worried they were about to go over only lasted a couple of weeks. Looking rather sad Then I looked a little closer, I noticed lots of new buds appearing under all the withering flowers. New buds peaking through Cutting the dead and dying flowers back allows the plant to concentrate on the new buds coming through, it also lets more light get to the new buds.