Monday, June 20, 2011

Jubilation in the Garden

What can make this gardener jubilant you ask?  Going out to casually walk around the garden and seeing what I think might be a miracle. Let me tell you a little back story on this sweet little bloom.
I have tried for several years to get some Hardy Cyclamen started in my garden. Firstly I have had difficulty purchasing the corms. They always seem to be out of them by the time I order them. Then this winter when I went to the Chicago Flower Show I found a vendor selling the corms. I figured if they were selling them there they should survive in my garden.

I didn't know just when to plant them so I waited until a little later in the year. Early spring I couldn't wait any longer.  I planted them. All I read is that they needed really well drained soil and they liked it under a mature tree. Well I have well drained soil under a mature tree so that is where I planted them then my garden was inundated with 11inches of rain. Record making rain.  Then a short drought occured.

I haven't seen one speck of green as in a leaf. I figured I could write off another try to get these little beauties started. Then this morning, there they were. Three little blooms just sitting there looking darling, waiting for me to find them. 
I had planted a left over coleus in this spot thinking it would cover this bare spot under the tree. Ha.. Had I been patient the cyclamen would have filled in. Well, maybe not filled in but when I planted that coleus I knew it was close to where I had put the cyclamen. I couldn't remember exactly where they were but I didn't get any corm when I dug the little hole for it.   
I sure hope that these little beauties take. I would have thought that the three big corms I planted would produce more blooms than these. I am not complaining mind you. I don't want to throw them into a pout so please don't tell them I was having an itty bitty whine.  I wonder when the foliage appears?  Have any of you grown these plants? 

18 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

These are a jubilee unto themselves, for sure!

Laurrie said...

Jubilation! I have not planted cyclamen, but I am as excited as you are to see these tiny things appear finally.

Gail said...

Congrats! They are wonderful little beauties and I sure hope they settle in and make offspring. gail

Cicero Sings said...

No experience at all with these little Beauts. Maybe the conditions have to be just right! I notice some wild flowers do better some years than others.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

YAY! Congratulations, Lisa! What a treat, to find those three beauties after your garden's tough spring. :)

Kirsty said...

Cute! Aren't they sweet.

Rose said...

Congratulations, Lisa! I have had no experience with cyclamens, but maybe they'll put on a bigger show next year. The liatris tubers I bought in Chicago are really doing well this summer, but what I'm really waiting for are the Stargazers to bloom.

Cheryl said...

Yes Lisa I have. They grow around my old apple tree. Like you I love them....they grow wild under the hedgerows in my area.

If any of my plants have babies be sure I will send them to you at the right time.....and that would be a pleasure.

Enjoy the blooms and be patient:) You have them in the right place but from my experience, they take a while to get going.
I usually dress mine with some leaf mould through the year.

shirl said...

Oh Lisa... maybe just a few blooms but YOU HAVE A HARDY CYCLAMEN GROWING IN YOUR GARDEN :-) Going a tad green here. Must try again now too :-D

Marguerite said...

Wonderful plants! So glad they made themselves at home for you. I used to grow these and the foliage appears after the flowers, separate from the blooms. Give them some time and they will eventually spread.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hardy Cyclamen is one of my absolute faves! And, kudos to you for getting her to flourish. I have tried, and failed, many times....

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
Oh joy indeed! Eleven inches of rain????
Oh my goodness that is flood stuff....
I have never grown Hardy Cyclamen. I bet once they get established they will grow wonderfully for you.
Crazy weather. 11 inches of rain has me dropped jaw....oh my.
The Missouri is flooding and I see the Mississippi is also.
Sherry

Marvin said...

Congratulations on your success. Beautiful!

Barbara said...

Didn't you mentioned you're having your birthday in June? So these lovely cyclamen wanted to make you a birthday gift, a little surprise when they started to bloom. I grow, I should better say, grew cyclamen in my garden too, but they are quite delicate. This spring I didn't get any flower of them, only leaves. And when I recently looked at their place in the gardenbed, I couldn't see anything of the plant anymore. I do hope you'll get a lot of lovely cyclamen flowers in the future.

Julie said...

They sure are cute...I'm sure they will grow up fast with all kinds of action taking place...it will be fun to watch!!!

Cowgirl Red said...

So delicately beautiful. I've only seen them in flower shoppes. A little miracle. Terah

SandyCarlson said...

I hope they are thriving!

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

Too exciting! I've really wanted to try these so I applaud your success. But yikes, 11 inches of rain followed by drought; that would make me give up on such tiny little things.