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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Japanese Anemones Have Arrived

Fall blooming Anemones stand out as harbingers to summer's end, welcoming shorter days and cooler weather.

These plants arrived in the mail yesterday. They are Richard Ahrens Japanese Anemones. I have admired them in pictures in blogs and then forgot them. This year I remembered how pretty they are. Their history goes way back.

Anemone boasts a rich garden heritage,
dating back to the 17th century and likely
earlier. European plant explorers brought back
exciting news from Japan, which included the
existence of Anemone japonica, or Japanese
anemone. They had no way of knowing that
this plant, was a native of China and
had naturalized in Japan after escaping from
gardens there.

This beautiful, vigorous, pale pink, semi-double-flowering anemone starts blooming in early July into September on 28- to 36-inch stems.Can be weedy or invasive.Anemones thrive in light to partial shade but will tolerate full sun, as long as there is sufficient moisture. Put plants in moist, humus-rich soil, but avoid overly wet conditions. Apply mulch annually in northern regions(since this is mulch heaven...they should be happy here).Divide plants in early spring or propagate by root cuttings in late fall or early spring. Japanese beetles (there's that old pest in my garden) and black blister beetles can be a problem, but neither is life-threatening.

Fall-blooming anemones have earned
their place in the autumn garden. Flowering
as early as July and continuing into
November, their appearance is an indication
of midsummer winding down and giving
way to cooler temperatures and shorter
days. Charm-like flowers float above the
border as warm-season plants fade and fall
standards come into their own. Combined
with perennials like stonecrop

bugbane and goldenrod,
fall-blooming anemones bring
life to the late summer garden and persist
to contribute to the crescendo of autumn.
I hope they like it here.


Judy said...

Hi Balisha, Glad to hear you got your stitches out and things are going well. Your asters are just beautiful and I loved the poem. We could use a comforter here this morning. It was in the 50s. Fall is definitely in the air here, too. I am so glad you are doing well and ready to get out on your own even if it will be a while yet. Have a good weekend. Love, Judy

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Balisha...I have never ordered plants by mail..but after seeing how wonderful your look..I might give it a try! I am busy shopping for bulbs. I hope I am not too late getting them in.
I am watching last years bulbs begin to pop through..but I imagine they won't bloom until Spring. Lots to learn here. LOTS!
Thank you so much for your recent comment on my post.

Blogging to me...is sort of like I imagine the "LIVE" stage to me.
I get a case of nerves when I post.
I am constantly going in and changing things, discovering mistakes. It always sounds "trite" to me and that's probably because it usually is.
I have never gotten over the attack on my writing...
so I worry.
Anyway...just checking in to see what you are up to and how you are feeling.
I am ready for Howard to return from Maine. I think he is ready to come home too! :)
Take good care!

Balisha said...

I find that I can look at different greenhouses and see what they have without physically going shopping. I can shop from my computer chair. I have found out which places give good service.
Judy...get that comforter out..you'll need it tonight.

Balisha said...

We had the fireplace going last night. Love this cool weather at night.

Barbee' said...

I looove! Japanese Anemones! But, have never found room or the right place for them. After reading your post and learning they can take shade, I think I might have a place for some white ones in a project I hope to do next year. Now, I want to go back and read again about where you got yours and maybe check them out. I love shopping on the internet, because I do not have enough energy to go out and shop on foot.

Balisha said...

I bought these anemones from Burpee Seeds. I shop at Wayside Gardens, White Flower Farm, and Botanicals.

Barbee' said...

Are you going to plant them back in the woods?

Balisha said...

Hi Barbee...I'm planting them under the river birch tree by the statue of Mary. I always have impatiens there, so next year I'll have Japanese Anemones with the hostas.

Barbee' said...

That sounds pretty. Look forward to a glimpse or two next fall (or the next).