|A WHITE FORM OF CYCLAMEN HEDERIFOLIUM BLOOMING IN THE GREENHOUSE|
I am not a Cyclamen expert, although I grow many species both in pots in the greenhouse and in the garden, and although I am not a bulb expert, I suppose that after twelve years of growing bulbs in the greenhouse, that I must have more experience than others. I just feel a little inadequate when pitted against the real experts the botanists and enthusiasts who can identify a Cyclamen purpurescens from a C. hedrifolium. I would have to key them out and look them up in a book.
I sit somewhere between the expert and the enthusiast. I've been thinking about this lately, as I have been asked to speak at the Autumn Study Weekend of the North American Rock Garden Society this coming Saturday in Pittsburgh. As the guest speaker at their annual dinner on Saturday night, I am feeling a little inexperienced on the subject, especially when presenting in front of many of the country's most experienced and knowledgeable growers.
|IN MY SAND BEDS, CYCLAMEN SPECIES BLOOM APPRECIATING THE DAMP SAND BELOW THEIR POTS|
|CYCLAMEN AFRICANUM, A TENDER SPECIES WHICH LOOKS VERY SIMILAR TO C. HEDERIFOLIUM, EXCEPT FOR IT'S LACK OF HARDINESS. C. HEDERIFOLIUM WILL LIVE OUTDOORS HERE IN ZONE 5.|
|CYCLAMEN ROHLFSIANUM HAS UNUSUAL FLOWERS. NOTE HOW THEY LOOK MORE LIKE SHOOTING STARS ( DODECATHEON SPECIES) , THAN THE OTHER IMAGES ON THIS POST. OF COURSE, CYCLAMEN AND DODECATHEON ARE BOTH MEMBERS OF PRIMULACEAE, THE PRIMULA FAMILY.|
|IN THE GARDEN, CYCLAMEN HEDERIFOLIUM CAN PROVIDE SPOTS OF LATE AUTUMN COLOR IN PROTECTED WOODLAND CONDITIONS UNDER TREES, WHERE THERE IS SUMMER DRYNESS.|
|IN THE GREENHOUSE, POTTED CYCLAMEN PROVIDE THE FIRST SURE SIGN OF FALL AS THEY BEGIN TO EMERGE FOR THEIR WINTER OF GROWTH|