Just as predicted about six inches of snow has fallen today, so there won’t be any gardening happening this weekend.
Bright little flowers are particularly welcome at this time of year when there are so few around. So I thought I’d give you a little information about one of my favourites:
The flowers can range from deep purple/pink through to white, appearing in late December/early January and carrying on through to March. If they get covered in a heavy snowfall, they’ll bounce back when it all melts.
The round leaves distinguish Cyclamen coum from other varieties, the markings on them are just as attractive as the flowers.
These would be perfect to cheer up a winter garden if you have space under some deciduous shrubs or trees. They prefer well-drained soil, but are generally happy on heavier clay soil if you add a generous amount of grit to the 1.5 – 2.5cm planting hole.
There are larger flowering hardy cyclamem available, but none are quite as tough and reliable as this one. Just as well given the weather at the moment.
Have a good weekend.
image: Jill Anderson