I adore cyclamen, and this wonderful piece from the Telegraph (U.K.) is seriously fanning the flames of my obsession.
I first developed my cylcamenonmania on a family trip to Italy several years ago. We happened to be there for Easter; it was very early that year, mid-March I believe. In every town we visited, balconies and doorsteps were covered with multitudinous pots of cyclamen in all the cheery pinks, reds, and mauves they grow in. It was such a nice change to the pots of geraniums I’m used to seeing here in New York City.
Since then I have become a woman obsessed. I buy pots and pots of the tender varieties all winter long: small ones, big ones, purple ones, cherry red ones. And I have even tried planting the hardy varieties in my zone 5a garden, but alas, they came back only once. Perhaps now that I’m gardening in zone 5b, I will have more success.
If you prefer to stick to tender cyclamen, this tip sheet will help you keep them healthy and returning to cheer you up in mid-winter for years to come. If you prefer to just admire them, you can find hardy cyclamen at the Garden in the Rock Garden (fall-blooming and spring-blooming varieties), and along the Ladies’ Border. ~AR
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