The wood anemone confirms the arrival of spring along with primroses and crocuses (though I haven’t seen many of these this year). These star-shaped beauties light up a dark corner on a sunny day. Also known as Lady’s Nightcap, Windflower or Smell Fox due to the musky scent of its leaves, the name originates from Greece where ancient Greeks believed the flower was a gift from the god Anemos sent to herald his coming in spring.

anemone nemorosa 'vestal'
anemone nemorosa ‘vestal’

A. nemorosa is a dwarf herbaceous perennial to 20cm in height, with a slender rhizome and deeply cut leaves. Solitary flowers with about 7 white petals, sometimes flushed pink on reverse.

Anemone Blanda

This plant produces a great low-growing mat of flowers. The cheerful star-like blossoms come in pink, blue, and white, and the attractive finely cut leaves disappear soon after flowering.

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14 thoughts on “Welcome to Anemos

      1. We don’t really have public areas here, just the countryside which is agriculture or sheep. Though the hedgerows are filled with daffodils and snowdrops. Maybe Shrewsbury had crocuses 🙂

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  1. Aha, so that’s the English name for our beloved “hvitveis” (Norway) or “Buchwindröschen” (Germany), thank you, Jude. Only yesterday I tried to explain on the phone what the woods in the Rhine Valley look like at the moment and we had no English word for it. I have never seen such a beautiful portrait on this flower before, this is excellent work!

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