The packet of wildflower seeds we planted late spring, continue to produce a few blooms. We scattered some of the seeds in the side yard with the sunflowers and the dwarf lemon and they bloomed for months. We still have cosmos flowering in the large pot outside our sliding-glass bedroom door.
To keep that color going throughout our moderate winter, I plant cyclamen each year. They were one of my mom’s favorites, and always remind me of her. A friend gave me a red cyclamen for Valentine’s Day one year, and it bloomed for a month on my coffee table. When the plant seemed to fail, I moved it outside, but it continued to “decline.” Little did I know then that this plant is a tuber. It was simply going into its dormant stage. We have some planted outside near our laundry room and they make me smile each year when they re-emerge.