When you’re noting your things to do for fall, be sure to write: Plant more Anemone blanda, the Grecian windflower. This diminutive, daisylike member of the Ranunculus or buttercup family is an early spring bloomer in my garden.
It flowers best where I allow the leaves to accumulate and compost into mulch under shrubs.
Generally, I leave my leaves on the garden every fall, raking them up and composting them in spring. This year, I’m experimenting with taking the dry, over-wintered maple leaves, crushing them by hand and putting them back on the garden under a layer of manure or cedar mulch. I think it will make my flowers happier.
Of the mix of white, pink and blue Anemone blanda planted many years ago, the most resilient (in a dry, sandy garden under Norway maples) seems to be the white. Too bad, really, because the blue is particularly charming.
This is Natashia, we met earlier today (Sat, April 25th) at the Green Living Show. It wasn’t until I was going through my cards that I realized I don’t have a contact email for you! If this reaches you,please email me at natashia_j(at)hotmail.com. Thanks, and I hope we get a chance to talk soon!