So I have had this lovely little Cyclamen houseplant since mid-December. It was a gift from one of my bookkeeping clients and is a new plant for me. It bloomed throughout December on my kitchen windowsill, but apparently I wasn’t really watching what this little plant was up to.
I just recently started watching my little Cyclamen because I thought I’d killed it. The leaves had seemed fine, but then a couple of really drooping buds showed up on the scene. They looked so thirsty and sad that I thought for sure they wouldn’t even bloom the rest of the way – but I watered and apologized for my neglect.
The next time I gave it a good looking-at the flowers had totally revived and were all blossomed out tall and healthy looking. I had saved it from certain doom. But then another bud appeared looking sad and droopy with a darker thin sad looking stem. But this was now at the same time that the other flowers looked quite happy. I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but at this point I’m starting to wonder what the game is and I am pretty confident this Cyclamen is messing with me. (Have I mentioned I tend to personify things?)
So I finally took some time to really, really look at the Cyclamen flower and I couldn’t believe what it was doing.Even though I thought the other flowers had stopped drooping thanks to my now-diligent watering schedule – they had not. If you look closely you can see that the pedals just open out and then all the way up — leaving the center of the flower blossom upside down. I had to Wiki this to see if it was normal and sure enough it is referred to as ‘upswept petals’.Here is another closer shot. It is just crazy – although I’m easily impressed.
I sang this song all day in honor of the talents of my Cyclamen.