Friday, March 07, 2008

Low-down blues

Iphieon made its appearance overnight. So did the very best variety of grape hyacinth, large and strongly colored and with a touch of white. All the blue florist anemones with the double row of fringed petals are pretty much done, but the single blue-violet ones haven't yet peaked. The intensely blue anemone blanda are still going strong. I wonder whether they'll keep that strong color in subsequent years. And there's a second type of deep blue hyacinths in full force right now. Rosemary is blooming, too.


At 12:30 AM, March 14, 2008, Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Rantor, I would like to thank you for mentioning your anemone the last couple of springs, letting us know that they did well here. Following your example I planted some last fall and it's delightful to see them blooming now.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

At 6:26 AM, March 14, 2008, Blogger Rantor said...

Thanks for letting me know. We have wild and cultivated blanda, plus St. Brigid and de Caen. Of the latter two, so far we've seen blue (both single and semi-double, fringed and not), creamy white, and several varieties of red ones, including those with a white ring, all returns. I think of the anemone de Caen as pretty much single and the St. Brigid as taking several more elaborate forms.

At 10:34 PM, March 14, 2008, Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Next year I'd like to find some of the intense blue ones. Last fall I picked up mixed St Brigid - all red and pink so far, but they're opening both single and double. The blanda sometimes lived through Illinois winters but they were not so flashy as these anemone! A couple of photos are on the blog for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day tomorrow.

I hope your spring is a beautiful one,



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