Once the tiny flowers of Cyclamen hederifolium start unfurling, I begin to think that autumn can’t be far away. We don’t seem to have had much of a summer so far and already the woodland has a definite autumnal feel with all the horse chestnut leaves on the ground.
Showing through all the leaves are the tiny white and pink flowers of the cyclamen. Day by day, more flowers are showing, each year the corms get bigger and bigger.
The ants have been doing their work again and spreading the seed far and wide, into places where I would never have thought of planting them.
The woodland is looking lovely at the moment, in spite of all the dried up Chestnut leaves.
The variegated Yucca that we have on the alpine scree also starts flowering at this time of year, that is, if it decides to flower at all.
This is just the bud so far, it will open out into the most amazing spike of beautiful white bell shaped flowers. I thought it needed a good summer to form a flower spike, but last year, when we had a good summer, there wasn’t a flower to be seen. This year, after a pretty miserable summer, I was amazed to see the flower spike forming. Quite often it doesn’t manage to open its flowers before a frost comes along and ruins it all, I think it should be ok this year.
Another late flowerer is my Eucomis, rather a large one, which has a flower head which keeps bending like a banana.
The flower head is quite huge and attracts lots of insects, but I think I was too early in the morning for them when I took my photo.
I’m still waiting for my one Hedychium to flower, my Japanese Anemones and my Colchicum, all late flowering plants, so there is still plenty for me to look forward to in the coming weeks. What are you looking forward to in your garden?