Having spent all summer trying to keep my garden alive, at last I have something positive to write about. It has been difficult carrying water round the garden, so eventually I just watered the pots and any recent planting which I did in May, which I wouldn’t have planted if I’d known what sort of summer we were to have. The garden was left to cope and only plants that were obviously under stress got watered. The result was that some plants coped very well indeed, but most stopped flowering to conserve their energy, which made for a rather boring garden, hence no posts for a while.
Suddenly the woodland floor is covered with masses of Cyclamen hederifolium.
The ants have been busy again, spreading the seed, the flowers are popping up in the most unexpected places.
I’m hoping that eventually there will be as many cyclamen flowers here in the autumn as there are snowdrops in the depth of winter.
Each year the corms get bigger with more flowers on them, its lovely to see them increasing without any effort from me.
I know I planted this one a long time ago, when the corm was tiny, the corm is quite huge now.
I like the mix of colours.
Some are now growing where I would never have planted them, these are in the same spot as the snakeshead fritillaries, wher it is wet and often flooded in the winter. I thought cyclamen liked to be dry?
It takes about 4 yrs from when the ants drop the seed, after licking off the sticky coating, for the corms to grow to flowering size. I think they benefit from the mulch of leaf mould that I spread in Dec/Jan for the snowdrops.
Love this dark shade of pink, there are only a couple of seedlings this colour so far.
This clump are hiding in a very shady corner, they can’t get much light where they are.
Yes, patience is a virtue, I’m happy for the ants to do all the work.
I can stand back and admire the ant’s hard work, I think I bought 6 very small corms from the garden centre about 20 odd yrs ago, each year they are getting better and better without any effort from me and at zero cost, that is my sort of gardening!
Do you have any unseen helpers in your garden?