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Anemone x hybrida 'Andrea Atkinson'

Anemone x hybrida 'Andrea Atkinson'

The photograph and write-up today are both courtesy of Taisha. She writes:

Today's photo is Anemone x hybrida 'Andrea Atkinson'. This photo was taken in early September here at the UBC Botanical Garden. It is still possible to see some of these fall-blooming anemones in the Garden, as they are known for having many weeks of autumn bloom (see the Chicago Botanic Garden's Plant Evaluation Notes on Fall-Blooming Anemones (PDF)).

Autumn arrived a couple weeks ago locally and Vancouverites can certainly feel it! The air is crisp and the days are both cooler in temperature and shorter in duration. Although the sky here can often be grey at this time of year, one can still seek out a bit of colour in the garden. Along with other fall garden flowers such as chrysanthemums, dahlias and autumn-crocuses, one can also find the so-called Japanese anemones (though not native to Japan! - see Patrick's Garden blog post about The Beguiling Japanese Anemone). Although this cultivar isn't particularly colourful apart from its yellow centres, it is attractive with its sometimes nodding flowers that are set upon slender and branching ~1m high stems. This anemone is fairly elastic in terms of its growing conditions. According to the Royal Horticulture Society, this cultivated taxon will grow in either full or partial sun at any aspect and will tolerate a variety of soil types, as long as they are allowed to dry out after watering. This cultivar can spread easily and naturalize once established by means of spreading rhizomes. The RHS also notes propagation is either by root cuttings or by division in the spring or autumn.


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Beautiful photo! It really captures the ethereal grace of these flowers. I love them and wish more people would plant them instead of all the dumpy-looking 'cushion' mums we see in the fall. With mostly basal foliage, these tall perennials could even be planted closer to the front of the border. Then, late in the gardening season, the swaying stems of flowers will rise to greet you.

When I moved to my current home, there was an established bed of white Japanese anemone and another one that is pink-mauve (don't know either's name). The white is upstanding and gorgeous, the pink one flops as if in submission.

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