Wednesday, 15 January 2014
...aka sometimes neglect works.
I have a confession: last year I didn't make up my summer pots properly. I was in a tearing hurry so I didn't replace all the compost and I simply shoved in the summer plants where the winter ones had been just moments before.
It means I'm enjoying this cyclamen for a second year as I didn't clear out the corms like I usually do. These blooms don't usually last past December as they're quite tender, but a milder winter plus a sheltered spot means they've continued to brighten up my view.
As well as greeting me when I step out into the garden, I can see them when I'm eating my lunch. When we first moved here, I planted up lots of winter pots all over the garden but I quickly learnt those closest to the house give the most value. Plants placed there can be seen at all times whatever the weather and these at eye level are especially easy to view.
Most winter flowers are quite small, so it's been great not to have to lie on my tummy to take this picture!
Do you have a flower making a surprise return to your garden this winter?
Garden Bloggers Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.