C. hederifolium & C. cilicium were already blooming by August this year
(a couple hederifoliums jumped the gun in July). But they were really
gung-ho for September & still going stronger every day of October. C.
coum's leaves are appearing now, some have already reached mature size,
others haven't quite yet emerged, & lots of baby leaves. A few C. coum
have jumped the gun on blooming a little right now, or at least have buds
all over them now, but their main flowering will be December through
March, but pleasant leaves begin now. A few non-cultivar C. persicum have
been flowering all month.
As so much of the garden goes dormant between autumn & winter, the autumn
& winter cyclamens become increasingly important & exciting. I go out to
see what they are doing at the start of each day, they keep the "off
seasons" as thrilling as spring.
I've been revising text of old pages & adding new pages to the cyclamen
section at paghat.com, & adding more photos. These pages link to one
another in a full circle that goes through several species & a great many
varieties, & this is a good page to start from for the autumn cyclamens:
Over the years I've learned a lot about cyclamens but my knowledge is not
perfect & I welcome suggestions for revisions or corrections so that
eventually the cyclamen pages will become the best "advanced introduction"
to be found on the web.
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