|Anemone coronaria in a Daventry florist's window|
Anemones, aka windflowers (Anemos was the Greek word for wind, not to be confused with flatulos) are members of the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae, and had the petals on the flower to the right been yellow, the relationship would have been obvious.
|Anemone pavonina near Gythio in the Greek|
Peloponesse. Spring, 2014
|Anemone coronaria 'Bordeaux' in a Byfield garden, 2014|
Anemone coronaria in particular has been used by breeders to produce some gorgeous garden plants with the velvety blooms of Anemone coronaria 'Bordeaux' being of particular beauty. But I would guess that A. pavonina genes are in there somewhere
I cannot possibly do justice to this genus. According to my copy of 'Flora of the British Isles' by Clapham, Tutin and Warburg, (2nd edition, 1962) it contains about 120 species. A check today of Wikipedia also suggests about 120 species, so it seems there are few new Anemones to be found.
|Anemone hupehensis, Doll's Hill, Byfield,|
Northants. 4 September, 2015
Having said that, there is one species which must be mentioned, and that is 'Anemone hupehensis'. It originates from central China but is generally associated with Japan, where it has been cultivated for hundreds of years.
For an anemone it is very tall, and the examples photographed, in the garden of my friend Nell Thomas, were a little over a metre high. Strictly speaking most of our garden plants are hybrids (Anemone hupehensis x A. vitifolia) but whatever, they are lovely plants for the border, made particularly valuable flowering so late in the year, taking us through to autumn.
I have no anemones in my garden. This situation cannot be allowed to go on!