Friday, January 18, 2008

Anemones. The final posting of photos.

My favorite of all the anemones, 'Whirlwind'.

Anemone 'Avalanche'

A comparison of 'Avalanche' on the left and 'Whirlwind' on the right. 'Avalanche'is a larger flower but otherwise indistinguishable from 'Whirlwind'. At least I can't see any other difference.

Anemone 'Max Vogel'. This was the first year these have bloomed and it produced only a very few flowers. Very pretty though so I hope the plant will be established this year and produce many more blooms.

The prolific and vigorous Anemone hupehensis var hupehensis and a photo of its seeds.

Anemone x hybrida 'Alice'. Delicate and quite lovely in a mass planting. Grows vigorously.

The somewhat woebegone and bedraggled Anemone 'Victor Jones'

Anemone hybrida 'Party Dress'. Although it is an excellent flower in color, shape and form, I was a bit disappointed in this Anemone because the stems are thin and weak so the heavy flower droops and the stems buckle so the flowers are mostly on the ground or you see the back side (stem side of the flower) unless you prop it up.

The tall vigorous and lovely 'Honorine Jobert'

I think these are Anemone japonica 'Margarette' the darkest rose colored anemone.


Blogger Carolyn gail said...

Hi Ki,
Your anemones are simply outstanding ! What lovely photos you take. I planted one last Autumn and am eager to see how it does this year.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hello Carolyn Gail,
Thank you for the compliments. As you can see we love anemones. We were surprised they grew so tall when we first planted them but we've grown to like the masses of flowers and tolerate the tallness. I guess the height gives the flower the trembling in the wind quality that is the flower's common name - wind flower. What kind did you plant? I'll look forward to seeing photos of it in late summer. Thanks for stopping by.

3:31 AM  
Blogger Phillip said...

These are really lovely photos. I have never grown anemones but I need to try them!

1:27 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

I love the whirlwind the best too. The white is so pure.. I only have a a pink variety here but don't know the variety - It looks a bit like the Max Vogel - will have to take pics next Spring. Yours are all beautiful and thriving! :O)
p.s i finally took some more flower pics on my blog

1:28 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Phillip,
Thanks for the compiment. The Japanese anemones bloom in late summer and early fall when most flowers are petering out so it is a nice addition to a garden. Just be aware that they grow fairly tall. Good luck and hope to see some blooming on your blog.

Hi Gina,
Our winter is your summer so your anemones will be blooming soon! I will stop by to take a look at your flower photos soon. Thanks for stopping by.

6:03 PM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

They're all beautiful, Ki! If I had to choose a favorite blossom it might be Andrea Atkinson' - love the center.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

6:57 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Annie,
I agree heartily that they are all beautiful. I was a little disappointed with Andrea Atkinson because the flowers seemed a bit delicate and not as full as Honorine Jobert. The plants also did not produce very many flowers but that may be because we only planted the tiny plant (2 inch pots) only last year. I may have to re-assess after I see this year's bloom. I'll have to agree, the delicate center is charming.

5:14 AM  
Blogger joey said...

Ki ... I'm delighted to see your awesome anemones. For some reason, I have not been able to access your site ... get there but blank and missed you :(

I've had prolific anemones bursting thorough my garden for nearly 30 years, each year honing them in and sharing. For some reason, the August garden often leaves me feeling sad so when I see 'old friends' greet and brighten my day, I rejoice.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Joey,
I inadvertently changed some html script on my Blogger template so people using Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser can't see the complete blog. The FireFox browser apparently fixes broken html script so you can view the complete blog with it. I use FireFox so I was unaware of this problem until some people mentioned it to me. I've tried looking for the broken html but have yet to find the problem. According to one estimate, almost 80% of people still use IE so it behooves me to find and correct the problem.

The anemones we first planted are happy and spreading vigorously. We let them go unmolested since they have only a limited amount of space to fill and compete with evergreens, Rhododendrons, yew, hinokis etc. for the limited space. They are much welcomed because they bloom when most plants are giving up. Rather than feeling sad upon seeing them bloom, I'm sad when it stops blooming. I hope to fix the blog site soon and thanks for your very nice comment.

5:32 AM  
Blogger shirl said...

Hi there, Ki :-)

Wow, wow and wow!!

What fantastic photos of the anemone! I too have whirlwind but it is still yet a young plant so not many flowers last year. I saved it in a search and rescue area of a garden centre, then divided it and took root cuttings before I planted it :-D

I must now add your link! Mmm... you don't by any chance get birds visiting your garden?

If so, do you fancy joining me for an hour's bird count over the weekend? If you do just send me a comment and I'll add a direct link to you in my posting here in the UK :-D

No probs if you are busy - have a good weekend :-D

12:02 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Shirl,
I bet anemones really do well in your climate. I've found that they do well in a consistently moist soil. They don't like to dry out but they like a bit of sun too. We planted some in a dry spot in our garden and lost several of the plants when we had a couple of mini droughts despite watering the plants almost every other day.

We have several bird feeders in a corner of our garden. I thought I would do one of the Audubon Society's yearly bird counts but unfortunately never managed to find the time. If I have the time I will participate in you bird count so send me the link but I can't promise anything. We don't have too many interesting birds visiting the feeders anyway, just the usual suspects, chickadees, titmice, juncos, sparrows, house finches, occasional nuthatches and downy woodpeckers, doves, gold finch, rarely hawks and always squirrels.

7:01 PM  
Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Wow... beautiful, Ki. BTW, my 'Party Dress' behaved similarly. Luckily, I had a bunch of golden oregano planted nearby, so it simply looked like the oregano was sprouting anemone flowers, right next to a mound of anemone foliage.

How vigorous is 'Margrette' for you? I was tempted by that in the Bluestone catalog this year, but I wanted to do more research on it first...

8:58 PM  
Blogger Miranda Bell said...

Hi - I've just discovered this beautiful site from Kate Smudges! What an amazing number of Anenome varieties you have - I wish the French nurseries were a bit more adventurous with the different varieties of plants available as I end up growing quite a lot of mine or getting them in from the UK! I've just posted a whole pile of Helebore pictures - they're all out over here right now - far too any anenomes as yet! Will definately visit again....


11:19 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Kim,

I don't have my blogs settings indicate new comments so I have to check for new comments. Unfortunately I miss additions to older blogs so I only noticed your comment now and apologize for this tardy reply.

The nearby juniper was holding up part of the 'Party Dress' and it was an unlikely pairing compared to your oregano. I hope it become more vigorous as it matures and the stems will be thicker and enable to hold up the heavy flower.

Margarette is quite vigorous and thick stemmed but it grows quite tall so it fell over in a strong wind. The stems didn't break but the heavy flowers pulled the stems down until they were quite horizontal. They were so beautiful I didn't mind it being in that position.

Hello Miranda,
My apologizes for replying so late. Like Kim's comment, I only noticed yours at this late date.

Thank you for your kind comment. I will take a look at your hellebores asap. I was checking our hellebores the other day and noticed that nary a one had any flower buds present. I even have a H. niger which is supposed to bloom around Christmas time and there's still no evidence of any flowers. I guess I'll just have to be content in viewing yours this year. Again thanks for visiting.

7:20 PM  

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