Once again, the ants have been busy in the woodland. It is a while since I have wandered in the woodland, because I know there isn’t anything interesting going on in there at the moment. Suddenly though, I saw some patches of colour showing between the shrubs in the back border and went to have a look, it was enough to send me rushing back to the house for a camera.
Cyclamen hederifolium near the entrance to the woodland.
I think I bought half a dozen courms about 20 odd years ago, but over the years the ants have been spreading the seed.
The ants carry the seed away, lick off the sugary coating, then leave the seed behind.
This means the new little corms develop away from the parent. It is of course possible to sow the seed and grow on the tiny little cormlets for a couple of years, but why bother to go to all that trouble when the ants do the work for us!
Nature has a wonderful way of making sure that the new plants survive.
I feel though that cyclamen flowers belong to the autumn garden, so does this mean the end of summer is nearly upon us.
Here in the UK, September is usually a good month, weatherwise, but the leaves start changing, the light in the garden is softer, it has more of a golden glow as it shines through the leaves.
So although cyclamen seem to herald the autumn, I still think they are my plant of the month for August. This of course means that I must soon tidy the woodland, clear all the debris away, apply a mulch of leaf mould and then sit back and wait for the snowdrops! There is always something to look forward to.