Hello and welcome friends! Fall is a beautiful time of year, cooler temps, golden colors abound and itches of nesting awakens within us. Most fall flowers, Aster and Mums, are associated with the fall season. But my favorite fall flowers is Anemone.
I watch the World around me
As again I hear nature call
For it is the end of summertime
And the awakening of a beautiful fall.
The leaves have changed their colors
The skies became icy white
My heart becomes exceedingly joyful
At Octobers, beautiful sight.
The rustling wind has turned to cold
The leaves have changed to brown
This moment, I pray to hold
As the leaves fall onto the ground.
The squirrels scurry from their trees
The birds have all flown away
It is a October morning
I feel it with each step that I take.
With a cold wind against my back
I journey to a great tree
To pick up the jewels that she left there
An acorn, and a lonely leaf.
I shiver as I walk
With a leaf and acorn in hand
I watch fall as it arrives around me,
Randy L. McClave
Anemones, also known as windflowers, are a diverse group, because there are some that bloom in spring and others in fall. Some have fibrous roots and are found in the perennials section, others grow from tubers that are sold and planted in the fall along with spring-flowering bulbs like tulips.
Spring blooming anemones are low growing plants that are good choices for woodland and rock gardens. Plant these early bloomers in the fall.
Tall growing fall anemones add color to borders and woodland gardens from late summer to late fall in shades of pink and white. These Asian natives bear large, cup-shaped blossoms on graceful stems that sway above clumps of dark green, maple-like leaves.
All anemones are poisonous if ingested.
Spring blooming anemones do best in part shade. Fall bloomers thrive in full sun to part shade. Both are appreciative for soil that is moist, but well-drained- never soggy and on the acid side.
Container grown plants can be set out throughout the growing season, but spring is preferred for fall bloomers. Divide the spring bloomers in midsummer or early fall. Space wood anemones 10 inches apart, snowdrop anemones 12-24 inches apart and fall bloomers 18 inches apart.
Divide or move plants in the garden only in the spring. Fall anemones can be slow to establish, but once they are settled in they have a tendency to spread, as do the spring bloomers. Deadheading won’t prolong bloom, but will make plants look neater.
The garden bed that houses my Anemones is the backside of the pond, partially nestled under the Wisteria covered arbor and Japanese Bloodgood Maple. It leans to the sun from under both providing beautiful pink blooms. A low maintenance perennial who also provides many offsprings she’ll gladly share with you.
I love using pink for my fall perennials, my Mums and also pink, a Martha Washington variety, which I’ll share when they are in bloom.