Barry’s cyclamen have begun their yearly emergence from dormancy and his small, cold greenhouse is alive with them. My own few pots of Cylamen coum (gifts from Barry, of course) have also begun to emerge, although I have noticed that they are behind his.
What you see in this photo isn’t even half of Barry’s collection — there has got to be at least a hundred — pots upon pots upon more pots that he raised from seed seven years ago. He has transplanted some outside into the garden where they have propagated into a million different leaf patterns, colours, and forms. It’s fun to pull back the leaf mulch and observe these tiny new creatures. What new designs will we find? Barry keeps his favourites in pots in the glasshouse where he can enjoy them more closely.
I can feel it in the air. Just today I noticed that a few more green bits had forced their way above the soil surface outside. Spring will be here soon and for some of you it has already arrived. In the meantime, these flowers have been helping me through. Their colourful, long lasting blooms have been a nice respite from the dreary monochromatic gloom of winter.
Unfortunately, I did not record the name of this particular plant when I took its picture. Beautiful foliage, don’t you think?
Meanwhile, over at Barry’s garden…. acres of cyclamen, each plant unique, are continuing to unfurl from dormancy to charm us with their unusual leaf patterns and delicate flower stems.
Yes, all of that fuzziness in the background are dozens of tiny pots of unusual cyclamen — all grown from seed! Barry explained that they are on their forth winter, which I thought showed quite a big commitment and dedication. Can you imagine the work involved in seeding all of those pots and then taking each plant through their growing and dormancy seasons for four years running? And let me tell you they are all healthy and near-perfect. Every single one.
But according to Barry, each year has offered some new stage of development in the tiny plants that has held his interest and excitement through to the next.
Dear god, I think I might be getting into cyclamen now. But what plant genus isn’t worth getting excited about, really? They all have their merits on some level. And to top it off, it’s hard not to catch Barry’s contagious enthusiasm for his plants. Thankfully I can live out this particular interest vicariously through Barry’s hard work. No need to bemoan the fact that I do not have the space and skill (or patience) myself.