About five o’clock in the afternoon I finally had a thought that didn’t have anything to do with the leftover Kit Kats, and went out to gaze at the shade garden.
It’s looked the same for about ten years (an unusual phenomenon here), and has started to recover from the trampling it got when the fence was put up earlier this year. The plants are mostly hellebores, lily of the valley, cyclamen, snowdrops, Anemone nemorosa, erythroniums, epimediums, and a few other things. It doesn’t need very much water during the summer.
The reason I went out there, really, was to look at the leaves of Cyclamen hederifolium. (Visible in the picture above if you click on it to enlarge it; next to the French scare-cat.)
Everything looked okay, then I noticed this monster leaf. Almost five inches across. What’s going on here? A new monster race of giant cyclamen? Should I be concerned?