My parents gave us two pots of Cyclamen coum ‘Maurice Dryden’ towards the end of last year. They were bought for us the previous year, and while waiting for our garden to be ready for planting, they stood the two pots in their own garden in a shady patch of soil at the feet of a cherry tree. On a recent visit, I was shown the spot where they had stood before they came to us, and the dozens of tiny seedlings that had leapt up all around the space they had vacated.
We came home with a tray filled with a sample of the offspring; on some of these tiny plants, you could already see the beginnings of a tuber, a tiny nodule forming at the base of their stalk, which was intriguing. These pots stood a little way away from other varieties of Cyclamen growing in my parents’ garden, but I am not sure whether they will come true.
I planted these tiny waifs around the foot of our mature birch tree the following day, with minimal handling, hoping that they will thrive in the dry shade of the tree. Their parent plants, whose flowers I have been enjoying in their pots on the patio, I intend to plant out in the ground once we remove the stack of broken wooden pallets at the foot of the horse chestnut and beech trees. This is another area of dry shade that I have earmarked for a selection of woodland plants, ideal for cyclamen. Having seen for myself how readily these plants self-seeded the outlying area, it seems a waste to stand them on paving, and so while waiting for their permanent home I have moved them to stand upon the earth nearby.
I will be quite happy if they propagate themselves in this area, amid the pulmonarias and hellebores that I have already planted out here, others of which also stand in pots waiting for the neighbouring area to be cleared and dug over. I don’t think we could ever have too many of these plants, with their beautiful leaves and elegant flowers.