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?