Boyfriends: Why I would marry an anemone

August 18, 2012 § 3 Comments

I feel like this is cheating: to start a category (ie. plant profiles) on such a high. But life’s tough so here we go:

I have never met an Anemone I didn’t like. Furthermore, I have never witnessed a wrong-doing from an Anemone. In simple terms: they are the perfect flower/plant/apparently partner also. I gush daily about Anemones. Amongst the flowers in the early morning light, pants wet from the dawn’s dew, I’ll turn to my coworker and say: “Anemones are just the best.” My coworker will emphatically agree and we will go on puttering; deadheading, weeding and the like; content, simply in the knowledge that they are there.

These are Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert” which, up until just now, I was calling “Henri Jobert” with a heavy Québequois accent. They are mid/late summer beauties.

Here are some facts (ok, not facts but strong opinions and keen observations) about Anemones.

As this is a safe place and we can have nothing to hide here, let’s all admit that we are shallow people and that appearances come first. No problem. Anemones are beautiful at every stage. In the early spring when they are first poking up their heads, unfurling their funny necks and stretching out their green furry faces they look like unworldly Jim Henson puppets. What? That’s not a selling point for you? Leave.

I lubz these ones. I’m not sure which variety these are but there is one very similar and they are late season blooming, possibly including “september” or “autumn” in their name.

Even at their leafy stage they are strange and beautiful. Their starlike leaves sit like little stages on their long petioles. They look like they belong at the bottom of the sea or  amongst the lily pads or on mars. Except they’re just a plant. DOESN’T THAT BLOW YOUR MIND?

Finally–finally–their flowers look like they’ve been cut from silk and dotted with sparkly pompoms and sprinkled with magic dust (haha, oh boy). And when they bloom they jet out in these powerful outburst and in all colours and petal combinations, waving high above their leafy structure. Sigh.

Anemones will basically grow anywhere. This is probably not true but we’re going to go with it. In theory anemones will grow in shade to full sun. Let’s just say they are very flexible. There are all sorts of anemones: early, mid and late season so you can enjoy them all season long. They also look great in arrangements. AND they are virtually pest free (although japanese beetles will eat anything these days).


The only point against them is they’re not terribly fond of being transplanted, but they multiply so easily that it ain’t no thing. I’m attempting to grow some on my sunless deck in bad soil where I’ve managed to kill basically every plant I’ve planted, so that’ll be the true test. If they end up growing I’ll send you all our “Save the Date”.

See how they can be different?

If you’d like to know more about anemones, including real facts, helpful hints, habit, or environmental preferences, then you should do some research on them.

xo lu


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