Anemones for everyone (part 2 of 2)

Anemones for everyone (part 2 of 2)

Anemones are my Mother’s favourite cut flowers and in times past the brightly coloured blooms of the ‘poppy anemone’ were a common sight in greengrocers, the tight buds set in green ruffs. You rarely see them now thanks to flowers flown in from all around the world. But it is well worth planting some in the garden for their long-lasting blooms. They can be planted as dried tubers in autumn or spring and they will flower in spring or early summer.

Once established they will start to grow in autumn and may flower as early as Christmas and will carry on till May, when they start to die down for a summer rest. They like full sun and a rich soil that has had plenty of organic matter forked in.

I planted a row for cut flowers 4 years ago and it gets better every year, producing at least a bunch of blooms every week from January to May – amazing value!

But anemones are not just for spring – the most commonly grown are probably the autumn-blooming Japanese anemones. Slowly spreading and easy and reliable, they can sometimes be slow to establish.

But their flowers, in shades of pink or white, are invaluable in September and October, when so many other plants are past their best. In sun or part shade their dense foliage will smother weeds and bring summer to a colourful end.

 

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Anemones for everyone (part 1 of 2)

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Post written by our resident gardening guru Geoff Stebbings from www.thebikinggardener.com

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