The heart grow the wrong way up with petals pointing upwards. And the colours are so borderline kitsch that it makes you laugh. Cyclamen is exactly what you need to brighten the dark days of the year.
Cyclamen is a one-of-a-kind houseplant. Idiosyncratic flowers, a romantic soul with heart-shaped leaves and available in the brightest colours Mother Nature can imagine. It looks a bit plastic fantastic, but it’s real. Flamboyant Cyclamen is also a massive drama queen which will droop theatrically when it’s thirsty. All that makes it the perfect houseplant to get rid of the falling leaves blues. Combine them with a sense of fun: brilliant colours with pastels in humorous animal pots for a bit of cheerful madness that will lift and energise you.
Laughing is good for you
Alongside Cyclamen, something else that helps counter the effect of the short days is ensuring you have a lot of light around you: white walls and bright LED bulbs, perhaps with a cheerful colour. Walking outdoors during the day also helps, as does watching entertaining movies and TV programmes. Laughing is a complete workout that exercises seventeen muscles in your body. It makes you more attractive and calms you down, because laughing reduces natural stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also makes you healthier by lowering your blood pressure and boosting your immune system. A fit of laughter activates white blood cells that fight viruses, bacteria and parasites. So have a good giggle with your Cyclamen - it’ll make you feel better.