Starting to flower in August and making me feel that autumn is rushing in far too soon are beautiful little Cyclamen hederifolium. All of a sudden the woodland, which has been quiet for the summer months, is sprinkled with the white, deep pink and pale pink of their dainty little flowers. I don’t have quite as many cyclamen as snowdrops yet but the effect is getting there, they pop up in all sorts of places that I wouldn’t think of putting them, all thanks to my ants who spread the seed.
Seedlings come up in both colours.
I seem to be getting so many white seedlings now, almost more than the pink ones.
If the majority end up white, I’ll be thinking that the snowdrops have started early!
I keep saying that I must sow some of the seed myself, will this be the year when I actually do it I wonder?
There are lots more corms still to start flowering, I can see them getting ready to open their little flowers
We keep getting told that the flowers come long before the leaves start, I have a few that proves that theory wrong!
They look even more beautiful when lit by a passing sunbeam!
Love this deep pink one which is now seeding true, hopefully it will spread even more as I really like the deep pink.
I found this clump in a very dark corner, away from any light, but they managed to catch my eye as I wandered by.
I can’t believe that I’ve been talking about snowdrops already, but then it is only 3 months and the gardening year will all start over again!
This is what I can see from the sitting room window at the entrance to the woodland.
Getting down to the same level as the cyclamen to photograph them is getting more difficult as the years go by!
I then thought of standing in the ditch, which made it a lot easier!
I wish the ditch ran right round the woodland and not just one side.
Some of my original corms are quite a size now, 7 or 8 inches across.
Some seedlings have popped up in the new path that was made in February, the ants must have dropped the seed under all the brambles that used to be there. The one on the right can stay but the one on the lower left will have to be moved or it iwill be trodden on.
The same goes for this little one further along.
A last look before I went back inside for a coffee.
I find that I’m making sure that I have a wander in here each day as new little corms are sending up their flowers daily and making the woodland look so pretty. Cyclamen coum don’t seem to spread the same as C. hederifolium, do ants hibernate in the winter I wonder, does anyone know?
P.S. I have now googled my question and yes they do hibernate in the winter, so when cyclamen coum are flowering alongside the snowdrops, the ants are staying nice and warm and cosy all together in their nests, just waiting for warmer temperatures. I will have to sow my own seed to get C coum to increase.