Monday, October 02, 2006
Lighting Dark Corners
There is a little nook in a ravine in our garden that never gets direct sunlight, and as the sun's arc sinks lower on the horizon in autumn, this spot can get a little gloomy... many of the flowers planted here are spring ephemerals, so long gone by now, leaving the earth covered by damp, brown leaves. Then one day in early fall, numerous small, shell pink cyclamen flowers appear in this spot, as if by magic, followed by these ghostly silver leaves unfurling just above the ground; it's Cyclamen hederifolium Nettleton Silver. It's as if a bit of shining cloud has shattered and fallen to earth, and against the dark, wet ground, it is quite striking.