October 2014

OCTOBER HAS BEEN GLORIOUS, and until the clocks changed and leaves started to fall it seemed that summer would never end.

Planting spring-flowering bulbs and clearing the borders of invasive grape hyacinths have been my main tasks this month and not without reward. Growing underneath the weeping silver birch I found new, single-leafed seedlings of Cyclamen hederifolium alongside plants put in when we first arrived – ah the joy of such surprises!

No garden should be without autumn flowering cyclamen. In summer their corms lie dormant but in autumn they spring to life and a succession of pale pink or white scented flowers emerge.

After pollination the flower stems curl into spirals and as the seed cases swell, heart-shaped leaves emerge to provide a tapestry of marbled foliage.

Evergreen ferns, hellebores and snowdrops make their ideal woodland companions.

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