Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Anemone tomentosa 'Robustissima'




Grape leaf anemone. Tomentosa = downy, wooly.

This is the first large anemone to bloom in our garden. The flowers started to open in early August. The stems are dark purple and has whitish fuzz especially near the flower and buds, thus the name tomentosa. It is one of the hardier varieties of anemones and the abundant stamens give it an unusual look and interest.

12 Comments:

Blogger Ruth Welter said...

Hi Ki, your Anemone are beautiful..I just planted some this fall in my own garden but I'll have to wait and see what they look like.

4:59 AM  
Blogger Entangled said...

I like that one a lot. If it came in white instead of pink, I'd like it even better. What sorts of companions would show it off to best advantage, I wonder?

1:13 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Ruth,
Thanks, I hope you will like your anemones as much as we like ours. Isn't it exciting to see what the flowers turns out to look like in real life.

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Hi Entangled,
After seeing a lot of different anemones, I do prefer the white anemones to the pink ones. We have planted them all around our yard with various other plants. We seem to have paired quite a few with evergreens. We didn't intentionally decide to do that, it was mainly putting them in an open spot without thinking too much about how it would affect or be affected by the companion plants. I really Like the one planted next to a Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' though you wouldn't think they'd be a good pair. I also like the ones planted with a small Japanese weeping maple, orange fruited deciduous holly, and Korean lilac. Seemingly strange pairings but they somehow work. Will have to think about that more.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

My established clumps of robustissima were left behind in Ilinois- started from a little passalong plant a decade earlier. They sure were tough - other fall-blooming anemones died, but the robustissima went through hot summers and really cold winters. I never had a good photo of that plant, and like yours a lot, Ki!

Mine grew in border near the garage wall, which was covered with Sweet Autumn clematis. I think there were some big ferns, hostas, variegated Solomon's seal and some physostegia in that bed, too.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

10:28 PM  
Blogger kate said...

Like Annie, I used to have a large clump of this Anemone growing in my Ottawa garden. It was a paler pink if I recall correctly. I will enjoy coming here to see your other Anemones as well. They are such beautiful flowers ...

6:36 AM  
Blogger Green thumb said...

I had never seen Anemones before. They look gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing the lovely pics and the info.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

To All, Sorry for the delay in responding to your comments. some of our guests are still here for the Thanksgiving holiday and I can only respond when there's a lull.


Hi Annie,
All our anemones have been hardy so I didn't know that A. Rotustissima was hardier than most. It did bloom a lot this year and being an early bloomer made it a nice transition plant from the annuals to the fall bloomers. This one happens to be planted next to some kind of hinoki cypress, another gold thread cypress, a japanese maple, a yew, mountain azalea and some smaller plants and seems to seamless blend in with all. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well. Although we eat a mostly vegetarian fare for most of the year we cooked a goose this year. It was a hundred times better than a tofurkey. Thanks for the comment.

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Hi Kate,
I am always surprised that the flower petals are not symmetrical on the Robustissima. And the clump has grown considerably but the leaves are nicely shaped dark green and is quite beautiful on it's own so we haven't controlled the spread of the plant. I will post photos of the several other anemones that bloomed this year, including the white colored ones which are my favorite. Thanks for stopping by.

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Hello Green Thumb,
Anemones are quite lovely flowers. We had not seen any until we happened upon them at a wonderful nursery that sold small plants cheaply. The perennial plants were so cheap we could try many varieties that we had no knowledge of and the anemones were one of them. They are gorgeous and some are very prolific bloomers as well so come back often as I will be posting more photos of different varieties in the near future. Thank you for your kind comment.

6:17 PM  
Blogger Digital Flower Pictures said...

Nice series of pictures. I am glad I am not the only one that had some Anemones that didn't have time to bloom.

4:25 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Chris,
Yeah what's up with the anemones not blooming? An anemone I bought this spring had huge leaves and thick stems but wouldn't shoot up a flower stalk. Never have had that happen before. In fact this Anemone x 'Mont Rose' was the biggest plant of the more than dozen anemones I bought this spring and it was the only one not to bloom.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Yolanda Elizabet said...

It's very pretty this Anemone. I have serveral Japanese Anemones too but most are white as I like that best, although I do have a double deep pink one too. Lovely pics!

8:56 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Thanks Yolanda Elizabet.
After seeing many different whites and pinks, I like the white ones best too. They are all quite lovely. I even bought some Anemone blandas, Greek windflowers this fall for some spring color. I previously planted some Anemone coronaria 'De Caen' bulbs but only a few flowers actually bloomed. It was a free gift for buying many other bulbs and I think they were probably old stock that the company was trying to get rid of but the few flowers that bloomed were a nice surprise in spring. Thanks for your comment.

5:23 PM  
Blogger Nanci said...

How quickly do they establish? I just got three small starts from Bluestone and they are TINY. Seem lost in the bed that can accomodate their future growth. How long do I have to wait for their size to mature?

7:17 AM  

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