there are humongous snow flakes falling outside right now .. it almost look as though they might stick around a while .. it’s amazing to see this .. again .. it’s snowed a number of times this winter .. something we haven’t been used to over the past few years of milder winters .. living on the coast we’re often graced with a snowfall that’s washed away before we know it by days of rainfall .. this year, though, we’ve had a few snowfalls stay long enough for it to really feel like winter snow .. the photo above was taken after one of those sorts of snowfalls .. it came just as the cyclamen coum were beginning to unfurl their flower buds .. then .. whomp! .. snow .. which didn’t stop these lovely little creatures from carrying on with their mission .. grow and bloom ..
a week or two later after a few sunny days, they looked like this .. this patch began with a few seedlings i planted probably five years ago .. the little maple came from a garden that was being dismantled .. they seemed an excellent pairing at the time .. and have proved to be so .. soon there’ll be enough cyclamen to spread around the yard .. for now, i’m absolutely delighted with the way they’re growing and filling this space under the maple ..
i was first introduced to these little winter beauties in the nineties when i was at university; before i started gardening .. i’d found myself a lovely secluded bench in a forested area of the campus, where i’d go between classes to sit and reflect .. or enjoy a morning coffee .. one winter’s day i made my way to the bench and saw all these interesting little leaves coming up around the sides and back of the bench .. poking up through the fallen and disintegrating leaves .. “how interesting,” i thought .. “and who are you?” .. over time i was rewarded with an answer to my query .. cyclamen .. i didn’t know them as ‘coum’ until later when i started working with phil in his winter flowering shade garden .. phil also introduced me to a few other cyclamens but coum remains my very favourite of them all ..
on the coast we are blessed with a completely different way of gardening .. over the years i’ve realized that coastal gardening doesn’t ever really stop .. throughout the seasons there is always something growing and blooming .. these little beauties are just one of the joys of winter growing ..