I found a little colony of this little beauty, Cyclamen hederifolium hidden away under some overgrown shrubs, so it seemed a good idea to bring a few into the house to enjoy.
You can see why they are called ‘hederifolium’ which means ivy-leaved. There is a tremendous variation of patterns on the leaves.
Some bloom without any leaves at all and the leaves come later. This clump has been flowering for ages.
The following combination was accidental, but I think they look good with the leaves of Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’.
They seed around prolifically and as they age the corms become enormous. I have several huge ones that I have had for years and I always bring them with me when I move.
There is also a pretty silver-leaved form. I was lucky enough to be given some seeds of this one.
Some of them look as if they have crossed with the green one.
There are other autumn flowering cyclamen, I keep mine in the greenhouse because I don’t know how hardy they are. I am told Cyclamen purpurascens is hardy, but I am not going to risk it. This beauty starts flowering in the summer and is still going on. The flowers are beautifully perfumed. I love the dark green, marbled leaves.
The other one is the dainty little Cyclamen cilicium which comes from Turkey.
The red petals in the pot have dropped off Pelargonium ‘Ardens’ which is one of my favourite pelargoniums. Unfortunately it is very hard to propagate.
I am enjoying having these little cyclamen in a vase. They are so pretty and lightly scented too which you might not notice unless you pick them.
I do have these charming little cyclamen scattered in clumps all round the garden and I have wondered whether to dig them all up and have one huge colony. But I would miss coming across them here and there on my rambles round the garden. They tolerate dry shade so they are lovely under trees. I give mine some bonemeal and a good soak in August. I used to give them a top dressing of peat, but now we have to learn to manage without it.
Cathy at Rambling in the Garden hosts the meme ‘In a Vase on Monday’. It is great fun, do join in . Quite a few bloggers have been inspired by this meme to create cutting gardens. Their early October vases are a joy to be seen.