Friday, October 20, 2006

Windflowers for a dreary Friday morning

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"Honorine Jobert"

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"rubra plena"

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Our anemones are still blooming despite a few days of frost. A real pick me up on this rainy morning. The "Whirlwind" is an interesting semi double flower that was labeled Honorine Jobert. The plant is smaller than most with flower stalks only a foot to a foot and a half high. And the flower is very durable surviving the frosts without much damage while one of our taller double pinks were droopy with burnt petal edges.

The white singles are "Honorine Jobert", the single pink is probably "Robustissima tomentosa". I had to look up what tomentosa meant since a lot of different varieties of plants have that appellation. It means hairy. The daisy like dark pink is a "rubra plena" and the woebegone little white a "slyvestris".

Since this is one of the few perennials blooming this late in the season - after all our impatients and begonias have turned to a floppy mess by the frost - I got crazy and ordered quite a few different cultivars of anemones by mailorder which are being delivered sporadically now. Can't wait to see them next fall or spring in the case of "nemorosa".


Blogger Jenn said...

Oo. I'll have to look for Whirlwind - I have just the place for a pair of them!

2:32 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Jenn, they are quite beautiful. Still blooming despite cold mornings with frost tho the temps have not dipped below the high 30's. You won't be dissapointed. They are about half the size of our other anemones at about a foot and a half tall and the blooms are not as large. But this could be because we just planted it and next year may be different. Beautiful rosette of dark green leaves and flower stems reaching above the leaves. We bought them mislabeled 'Honorine Jobert' at Lowes. Good luck in buying them. Try Earthly Pursuits for mail order. Fast shipping but small plants in 4"x4" pots . Lowes had them in 1 quart pots for $7.99 then we bought 2 more at $1.00 each at clearance!

5:16 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Here's Earthly Pursuits website:

5:17 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

If you want to buy in quantities try
25 plants for 56.25 plus shipping. Seems like a bargain but I don't know the size of the plants.

5:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too am on the hunt for whirlwind. Very pretty and they are photogenic to boot:).

7:51 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Sandy, Whirlwind are definitely worth the effort to find. They are my favorite so far...but there are so many different cultivars if only I could try them all ;) Pamina looks interesting too with much more saturated colors. I've tried the bulb type de Caen and poppy anemones nice and colorful but after the first year they don't do very well. I wouldn't recommend them.

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Judith said...

What a grand collection of anemones you have! I keepd adding anemones and have lost track of what I have. I don't think I have your lovely 'Whirlwind'. Your photos are wonderful. I can look at anemones year round, they are exceptional plants.

6:14 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

The year after we first planted Honorine Jobert in the front yard, we tried to eradicate it by digging and pulling up tons of roots because it grew too high and competed with the Spirea, shibori. Luckily we didn't get all the rhizomes and they grew back because we got rid of the spirea :) Talk about fickle. Now we love it because it blooms when not much else is. I'm trying to get other varieties too. Please post pictures of the varieties you have. Would love to see them. Thanks for writing.

9:59 AM  

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