|Can you spot which are the cyclamen leaves and those of the ivy they're named after?|
Each year I'm pleased to see the return of my Cyclamen hederifolium in the front side garden. It's a bit of a miracle they survive really as my neighbour always covers them with several thick layers of leaves with his leaf blower. There were about triple the number of blooms on view, until the leaf blower made its first annual appearance at the weekend...
On the whole I don't mind my neighbour's antics as my border is benefiting from some more Compost Direct as outlined last week. However, I did worry at first my cyclamen wouldn't survive owing to the timing of their cover up. Now I see I can relax as I've spotted at last they're beginning to spread out from the spot where I planted them 10 years ago.
I don't usually go that much for pink flowers, but these are a delicate sugar pink which looks just right and helps to light up the shady spot I've given them. This morning's low slanting sunlight suits them rather well too.
We've enjoyed a mild autumn so far, but today that's set to change as the wind is due to move round to the north to reveal its more wintry side. Next week's tasks looks like they'll include cutting down the dahlia stems to make the mulch for their duvet.
How's your garden faring this Blooms Day?
Garden Bloggers' Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.