It’s odd isn’t it? January should have the fewest candidates from which to choose a plant for this post but no; Sarcococca (one day I’ll remember how many Cs go in that name without googling it – and I’m not even sure it’s right now) and Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ both put up valiant arguments for their inclusion amongst others and yet in the end I had to reject them in favour of
The wee beasties really seem to enjoy this spot underneath the lilac and a beech hedge where they get an annual mulching of leaves (naturally – not through any intervention of mine) and plenty of sun in the period they are above ground. There are snowdrops here too which will pop up later to join the scene in a way that’s so very pretty it’s almost twee. (I’ll try to remember to take a picture!)
I’ve had most success with planting Cyclamen while they are in growth, rather than as bulbs, which might be because I’m doing something wrong (any sure fire tips anyone?) but these ones here are so happy they seed themselves around.
The helicopter flowers in cheerful shades of pink brighten things up out of all proportion with their tiny size and I like the smooth green leaves too. Their shape is pleasing somehow. There are lots of varieties with different silver markings on their rounded leaves which look great in a container with some snowdrops and a small, variegated ivy.