Monday, October 1, 2012
Greeks Bearing Flowers
It's Cyclamen Time in the greenhouse, and my collection, all started from seed in 2006, have matured into spectacular flowering machines. Presently, the species that are Fall flowering are the centre of attention, they are mostly C. hederifolium, but also C. mirabile, C. cilicium and C. alpinum. The favourite, at the moment, is C. graecum: they are not as large as their cousins as I was slow to realize the beauty of this species, and as a result they remained growing congested in a single pot before potting them up separately in 2010. Since then they have grown into lovely plants and the four that I selected as specimen plants finally bloomed for the first time this year. One of "The Greeks" has a beautiful dark pink flower, but it's the foliage that is the most striking thing about this species; I wish my photography could do them justice, and I hope these pictures will give some idea of the loveliness of this species.