Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Little of This and Some of That



It's Cyclamen season! I frequently walk by this yard that's been allowed to naturalize. In the spring tiny crocuses are followed by daffodils, then bluebells. In summer it's mostly brown grass, but once the rains begin in fall, these beauties pop up. 
 

Here's a closer look. While looking on line to see what kind of cyclamen they might be, I ran across a blog entitled "Stupid Garden Plants." Hmmm. But he has a great post on cyclamen, if you're interested. 


There's starting to be a whole lot more of these on the ground. 
 

Dinner with friends on Saturday night included the warm glow of candlelight. So cozy. Summer left in a big hurry this year, and left nothing behind. Rainy days, misty mornings, with the hope of sunshine in the afternoons. That's early fall around here.

What coziness is there in your world these days?

19 comments:

Andi's English Attic said...

My favourite season. I've just planted cyclamen in my front garden. Lovely splashes of colour. xx

cucki said...

So beautiful x

Vee said...

I had no idea that people raised these in their gardens. I have only seen them sold as potted plants at Easter time. Then they usually die off and one bins them unless one has a green thumb. A friend of mine grew hers as a houseplant for years. Yes, cyclamen was the name and it looked like those and it was white not pink. I've seen yellow, white, and pink. Very interesting.

Oh the table with candle glow looks very delightful. It just seems odd to burn candles at the table in summer.

Dawna Motz said...

What a beautiful plant to take over the brown grass! So pretty. I am getting cozy in AB with some fall displays and find I usually take time for a cuppa something warm in the evenings. Hopefully we will have our fireplace done in the near future....still doing some projects outside, so haven't quite moved indoors for the "to do " list yet. Love the red leaf in your pictures as well. Take care!

ellen b. said...

Our pilot lights in our little gas stove and gas fireplace insert were lit this morning and we are enjoying the warmth and coziness of them. Love your photos! I'm looking out the deck door and seeing quite a pile of maple leaves from my neighbor's huge tree on the ground...so it begins!

Pamela Gordon said...

That naturalized lawn must be so pretty when the various flowers are in bloom. What a wonderful idea. As for coziness here I'm relying on electric heat, autumn scented candles and fall colours in my decor. It's raining and only 9C this afternoon. Chilly and damp. The leaves are falling a lot here too. Pam

podso said...

What a pleasant sight on your walk! I think there's something to the idea of letting your grass go natural! Look at how pretty!

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

I love cyclamen especially in the house at Christmas time. We have unseasonally warm weather at the moment which has thrown me a bit. I can't wait to get the candles lit and the heating on. xx

Elizabethd said...

How I love little wild cyclamen. They are just beginning to appear here, but not flowering quite yet. The little rosettes of leaves are looking hopeful.

Marilyn said...

Yes, you put it so well, "summer left in a big hurry" that is for sure. Just a week ago I was sitting in the sun and now tonight I am thinking of a fire in the fireplace and a warm cup of tea.

Happy@Home said...

I don't think I've ever seen cyclamen growing in the garden before. How pretty that lawn is and must also be in the other seasons of the year. I think of them as houseplants, but I'll have to start paying more attention as to whether they are also growing outside around here.
Your candlelit table does indeed look cozy. I am noticing the evenings are getting dark earlier now. A sure sign of fall.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I love the cyclamen field for a yard. There is a house here that has hundreds of crocus every spring and we always stop by for a visit - we'll have to go and see if they have any cyclamen - I've never seen that done before.

It is raining so hard here right now that it is beating so loudly on the skylights that we can't hear each other talk. Look out - it is headed your way.

Your cozy dinner sounds wonderful.

Cheryl said...

I kind of like the idea of allowing a lawn to do what it wants. I don't know that I'm bold enough to try it though. I'm afraid we'd have nothing but crabgrass.
We are cozying up with hot tea and spicy pumpkin candles and chili. I've been waiting for this!

Anneliese said...

I have to smile at your comment about summer leaving in a big hurry this year. I keep hoping it has not really left... I love that the sun comes out in the afternoons even when rain has been forecast. I don't mind that. I didn't know cyclamens grew wild.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I've tried to grow cyclamen many times without success--that field looks so beautiful full of them!

materfamilias said...

The cyclamen I planted many years ago did okay for a year or two and then faded away . . . a neighbour has success with some lovelies that are naturalizing on a small swath of boulevard. But nothing like this lawn -- it's astonishingly pretty! I had no idea they could flourish like this -- well worth tolerating that brown, dry lawn to be surprised by this beauty come the rains . . .

GretchenJoanna said...

The cyclamen are amazing! That is something special about your climate, I guess...I don't think my few cyclamen will start blooming until springtime.

Donna said...

It's been cozy enough for us to do some porch sitting! And it has been nice to not hear the roar of the air conditioning for the past week, LOL.

Jill said...

I gave one of my daughters a cyclamen house plant on valentines day and it is still blooming for her. I had no idea that they would grow like this outside! I'll have to see if they would grow here.