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By AndrewR


We think of bulbs as flowering in the spring, but there are some that have adapted to bloom after the heat of summer but before winter steps in. As August slips into September, the first of them are putting in appearance.

Strictly speaking, cyclamen hederifolium grows from a corm, not a bulb, but the effect is the same. You plant a dry storage organ, more in hope than expectation, and several weeks if not months later, when you had forgotten all about it, flowers suddenly appear as if by magic. Pale pink flowers light up this area in my garden under a shrub where they receive no rain and very little light. In the background are the darker flowers of a variety named ‘Red Sky’ that I added last autumn which I hope will self sow.

In another part of the garden, I planted the white form, C. h. forma albiflorum, well away from the pink ones. These have increased well and the white gene has been passed to all the offspring so far.

Although these little beauties thrive on neglect, even growing in dry shade where little else will flourish, they appreciate a top dressing of pine needles if you get hold of some. In the garden of a friend, they carpet the ground under conifers, growing like weeds.

Just like the Abba song from which this blog title is taken, these are little Super Troopers.

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Super troopers indeed.I love to see them in shady areas in open /public gardens.I've never had a spot for them in my gardens!they are lovely plants!

6 Sep, 2015


Reliable little beauties.

6 Sep, 2015


I keep adding some in spring and autumn. Some day they will look as good as this.

6 Sep, 2015


Thank you for the tip about pine needles. Will try to remember next time I'm passing our nearest plantation. My little ones will appreciate it!

6 Sep, 2015


Well I'll be blowed, I've tried many times to get them growing here with no luck, thanks Andrew, I will try again as I do like them and didn't know they liked being near conifers, thats not a problem here as I have some as backdrops near both of the ponds...

6 Sep, 2015


Lincslass - have a look at It is from a nursery where they have naturalised so it gives a clue as to the conditions they like.

7 Sep, 2015


Wouldn't be without them......

9 Oct, 2015

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