In the garden during early Spring, it's the first flowers that claim our attention. With spring on hold here in Somerset, and gales and heavy rain taking their toll, this little pale pink cyclamen with darker outer edges, is the one that is bringing up the rear of the cyclamen coum season. It is from one of my recent plantings and has very attractive round pewter coloured leaves. Those leaves are not featured here as I am leaving the corm to bulk up and hopefully feed the few remaining fertilised flowers.
The four leaves are indeed cyclamen but from entirely different ones which will flower in the autumn. These are from Cyclamen hederifolium. I love these cyclamen almost more for their lovely leaves.......
Borrowed from the library this book on Cyclamen has been with me for a few weeks, and now returned. This is a book for the enthusiast...and given my limited space, or glasshouse for cultivating those that need a warmer drier atmosphere, I shall leave the rare copies available for students, botanists and serious collectors.
Another enjoyable read over the last few days has been The Keeper of Lost Things, which Cathy recommended a few weeks ago. Cathy, as regular readers will know, is our leader in this weekly post, and as well as unfailing posting something from her garden, gathers in the comments links to posts from everyone who want to contribute. This week she has some special blooms.
I really enjoyed The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan....and others must be eagerly waiting for borrow it. I had finished the book, but as it was too dire to walk out to the library to renew, I tried to renew on line, but it was already reserved for someone else. In the end, the walk and a good blow in the fresh air was quite pleasant.
As well as flowers, plants and vases, I have really enjoyed receiving recommendations for books. Should you wish to leave a comment, how about mentioning a recent enjoyable read.