Oh, How I Love Cyclamens!


“…a cyclamen that looks like a flight of butterflies, frozen for a single, exquisite moment in the white heart of time…”
Beverley Nichols, Down the Garden Path


Dear Reader:

Tis the season for cyclamens! These wonderful flowers look good in my garden in white, in my home in red and in my shed in pink, of course!

I’ve read that on the Mediterranean Island of Cyprus they grow in great drifts of thousands of plants and fill the air with fragrance. Perhaps, someday I’ll see that, but for now they have arrived in great quantity at my local nursery.

I came to associate the flowers with Christmas when I began dating my husband in high school. His mother, Mary, has a bright green thumb and she has always decorated her world with growing things.  At the holidays, the entrance to her home was filled with white cyclamen. They sat in a long line on a console table underneath a large mirror. It was a simply elegant way to greet visitors, and it remains a beautiful memory for me.

Mary will spend Christmas at our home this year, and there will be  white, red and pink cyclamens to greet her!


7 thoughts on “Oh, How I Love Cyclamens!

  1. Cyclamen are among my favourite flowers, but unfortunately too difficult to grow in our climate. I haven’t even been able to get the tomatoes to behave this year – and they normally take care of themselves!
    They really do look very festive! Hope you have a lovely Christmas, Michelle xx 😊🎄

  2. They were my mom’s favorite too. I plant some on my deck every year. When they go dormant, I put them in the side yard in the shade, then replant the tubers in the ground the following season. I’m glad you have such nice memories, and what a treat for Mary.

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