Cyclamen growing on ancient steps – if only the flowers could speak

Cyclamen miniatureThe miniature cyclamen growing in my garden reminds me of our wonderful trip on Christmas Eve (2010) to Umm Qais near Jordan’s borders with Israel and Syria. This amazing city was one of a decapolis – ten Roman cities. From there we had fantastic views of the Gallilee, the Golan Heights and the Yarmouk Gorge.

I saw miniature cyclamen growing on ancient steps and stonework. We took in the incredible silence, the deep sense of world events played out here over time in ways that have shaped our modern lives.

IMG_0176Did the people who lived in this ancient city grow and enjoy cyclamens for pleasure as I do? If only the flowers and stones could speak.

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Bees, Blossoms and Blues

Nature’s early spring blossoms beauty wow factor is a tonic after our dreary, long, muddy and wet winter. It’s time to enjoy the random bursts of blue flowers and bee-friendly plants.

Bees love the manuka
Manuka provides food for the bees
Drift of ground cover on driveway bank
Drift of ground cover on driveway bank
Bromeliad
Bromeliads – my rescue plants
Omega plums are great for freezing and cooking
Reminded that Omega plums are great for freezing and cooking
Brighten up a dreary drain area. Plan to plant more next season.
Brightening a dreary drain area. Plan to plant more next season.
Bees love the herbs
Bees love herbs. Growing thyme among spring flowers.