The first bloom of spring is always welcome particularly when it appears at the end of October. I have seven Ipheions or “spring starflowers” at the last count, “Charlotte Bishop” being the earliest flowering this year. She is grown outdoors on our south facing patio. I seem to recall “Wisley Blue” being first last year. 

Not to be isolated her neighbour is Cyclamen cilicium, a variety I find hard to distinguish from Cyclamen hederifolium, flowering at the same time. The cilicium is in the pot below, hederifolium below that and fighting for its life amongst the falling leaves.

A bit of a disappointment with my autumn flowering Crocus Speciosus Conqueror as the recent rains have crushed their resistance. I planted them too late. One or two are upright however.

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