October 09, 2023
I often get asked what's the secret behind the anemones that we feature in our designs. Lets pull back the curtain on this floral gem and inspire you to weave the anemone magic into your garden.
Anemones silky petals fan out around a dark center, creating an eye-catching contrast. Whether they’re the soft pastel varieties or the deep jewel-toned ones, each bloom is like a miniature work of art.
But beyond their beauty, anemones are a joy to grow. They're hardy, resilient, and will reward you with an abundant bloom with just a little love and care. For those who love early blossoms, anemones are a true delight – they often make their grand entrance in late winter or early spring, giving a refreshing splash of color when most of the world is still asleep.
A beautiful anemone starts beneath the soil, with a tiny corm (or tuber). It’s best to source your corms from sellers whose livelihood depends on it. They know the trade and know quality.
Before planting, soak the corms for 3-4 hours. This softens their outer layer and prepares them for sprouting. You can even pre-sprout them in damp paper towels inside a dark, cool space or growing medium. Once you see tiny roots, they’re ready for the soil. Check out How to Grow Ranunculus & Anemones for presprouting in soil.
Anemones love well-draining soil and a sunny to semi-shaded location. They don't like to sit in waterlogged soil, so ensure your chosen spot doesn’t retain too much water.
Once your anemones are in the ground, water them regularly but make sure not to overdo it. They enjoy a nice drink but don’t want to sit in soggy soil.
The joy of seeing those first anemone buds is unmatched! When you’re ready to cut them for your vases, do it early in the morning when the buds are just starting to open. This ensures they last longer in the vase. You want the “collar” of greenery under the bloom to be against the petals. As the flower ages, the neck elongates and collar pulls away from the bloom.
Remember, anemones are cool-weather flowers. With the onset of consistent warmer temperatures, they take their bow. The yellowing leaves signify their temporary adieu. You can either let them rest in the soil for a potential encore in fall or store them for the next season.
Every October, anticipation fills the air as we prepare for our annual Bulb Sale. This year, we’ve carefully selected the best anemone corms for you. Here are a few reasons you should mark your calendar for the sale:
Top-Quality Corms: We prioritize quality. Every corm in our collection is primed for robust growth and abundant blooms.
Exclusive Varieties: Our selection is a mix of timeless classics and unique varieties you won’t easily find elsewhere.
Grow Along With Us: As you embark on your anemone journey, know that you’re not alone. Our community is here to share, learn, and grow together. We’ll be sharing our tips, progress, and blooms all season long, and we’d love for you to join in!
Growing anemones is a rewarding experience. Their delicate beauty, vibrant hues, and graceful dance in the wind make them an absolute joy to behold.
So, whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, I encourage you to dive into the world of anemones. And if you need the perfect starting point, our Bulb Sale awaits!
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