September 2010

Cyclamen hederifolium are amongst the loveliest of autumn plants and the handful of flowers I picked for this entry have been eagerly awaited.

Cyclamen thrive in dry shade beneath trees. Tiny, faintly scented, ‘butterfly’ flowers emerge on slender stems in late August to be followed by equally lovely, heart-shaped leaves. Here I have planted them under a spring-flowering cherry tree and although they advisedly prefer humus-rich soil they are now spreading happily into surrounding gravel.

Elsewhere in the garden Michaelmas daisies and perennial sunflowers are still a bright presence. Aconites grown from seed and flowering for the first time this season are only now coming into bud but surrounding perennials are beginning to die back and the leaves of Boston Ivy that curtain the balcony are turning spectacular shades of red…autumn is truly with us.

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