|Sunday I spent much of my afternoon making labels for my cyclamen collection. The second from the right is really|
Cyclamen africanum, and not C. hederifolium. The two are always difficult to identify.
I spent the weekend working in the greenhouse, which just meant that I watered, sowed seeds, fertilized the Nerine and Cyclamen - which is when I noticed that many of the cyclamen did not have labels. Labeling Cyclamen is one of those tasks that I usually remember to do in mid July when I am repotting the collection, which doesn't really help. I can identify many just by looking at their tuber (bulb), but I still cannot properly ID them by leaf pattern. So as I had the label maker out in the greenhouse already, I thought that I would take an extra hour and label all of the cyclamen pots. This way I can tell which ones to keep ( the silver and arrowhead shaped forms) and which ones to relocate outdoors. Of course, you all know me... this lead to me puttering with other things...
January means small bulbs will come into bloom in the greenhouse. In some years they bloom in early January, in other years, they bloom as late as late February, but whenever they bloom, the same species bloom at the same time, in the proper order, which I find interesting. Just as our native wild flowers may bloom in a different week each year, they never break the order in which they bloom. Nature is far smarter than we are - even under glass.
|Ornithogalum fimbriatum, a nice, teensy tiny version of the Star of Bethlehem, but this one is only|
an inch or two tall. Perfect for a small container, and always an annual first-bloomer
in the greenhouse during the winter.