Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cyclamen coum 'Found in Compost'

A few Summers ago I was repotting some of my cyclamen seedlings, I found that some of the corms were soft to the touch, assuming that they were rotten I threw them in the compost.
Later that Summer at a time when the cyclamen were coming out of dormancy, I was surprised to find one of the rejected corms growing quite happily on top of the compost, I potted it up and it has grown on to be one of my favourite plants.
I keep careful records on the plants that I grow from seed, each of there labels recording where the seed originated, when it was sown and repotted, however my favourite Cyclamen bears the label that says 'Found in Compost'.

9 comments:

Rosemary said...

How lovely! When did you photograph this?

Dejemonos sorprender said...

Mm, very nice flower) i like that soft colour.. is very pleasant..

Barry Parker said...

Thanks Rosemary, I did photograph this, I can't take too much credit, the camera did most of the work.

Barry Parker said...

Hi Ds. thanks, I should also mention that the foliage of this plant is also spectacular.

CallieK said...

Some of my favourie plants have been 'volunteers' from the compost bin. Currently on the window sill I have one avocado, two lemon trees and for a while I had an English walnut tree but it failed to thrive. I also had a raspberry cane which is now planted in the garden and a peach tree which survived 3 winters outside in a pot before I donated it to the gardens at Sorauren Park. It seems that the compost bin is an ideal incubator!

Barry Parker said...

Hi CallieK,

A reminder that composts are living things.

Barry Parker said...

Hi Barry,

If we manage to meet this summer, I can give you some plants C. coum and C.hederifolium. I have to thin out some that were planted in the garden.

candcgrow said...

Isn't that funny.. I once did that with a salvia patens, tossed it because it looked absolutely dead. Then later in the season I saw it growing happily in the compost... You can never be too sure I guess...

Barry Parker said...

Hi candc,
It's amazing how strong the will to live is on some plants.