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rouge21

(Zone 4b)

September 20, 2012
2:22 PM

Post #9281351

There is so much to like about these late blooming fall plants. But unless one has lots of room they are only really good for me for a couple of seasons and then they get too large. The first picture shows my now too large, even with trimming, 3 year old "September Charm". In the first couple of seasons it was the perfect size but no longer.

So this year I was intrigued by the 'claims' for this newer series of Anemone called "The Pretty Lady". Early this summer I got the 'Pretty Lady Susan' cultivar. These JAnemone are advertised as much more compact than traditional anemone i.e. 16" tall and at most 2 feet in spread.

This 'Susan' plant has just recently begun to flower for me. It is in a very shady location but the flowers are quite nice.

I think I will replace my 2 larger pink flowered anemones with a couple of these smaller ones next year.

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DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 20, 2012
4:29 PM

Post #9281440

Oh wow! It really stretches where you can put these wonderful plants. I only have Honorine and Whirbelwind and I have been hoping to find a compact pink.

Thank you for this find!

CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

September 21, 2012
9:08 AM

Post #9282058

I like the brighter color of the 'Susan'. My 'September Charm' doesn't stay compact and likes to travel quite a bit underground (the curse of Anemones) so the flower color doesn't have quite the impact that I'd like.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 21, 2012
2:35 PM

Post #9282380

Wow, that's good to know.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

September 21, 2012
3:03 PM

Post #9282408

Those rambling Anemones show up 3 to 4 ft away from the original location. Problem is that they wind through or under the roots of other plants so they're a pain to control. I guess I like the color of 'SC' blooms in the fall enough to put up with it. :)
arfitz
Caldwell, NJ
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2013
2:06 PM

Post #9373357

So far the deer have kept them from spreading (after 4 years)
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

January 2, 2013
2:23 PM

Post #9373371

Is that a good thing or a bad thing? The deer are banned from my yard in a nice way (fence).

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 25, 2013
11:41 AM

Post #9397288

I have the Jobert anemones.I had held off buying anymore because of the huge size. I dont have a border where they can get big.
Nice to read this article
rouge21

(Zone 4b)

January 25, 2013
12:49 PM

Post #9397375

And what about this even better 'anemone' ie "Wild Swan"?

http://www.elizabethmacgregornursery.co.uk/content.php?id=119

It will be available in the States through Monrovia.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 25, 2013
1:10 PM

Post #9397424

Ohh dear I am in trouble.Thats just beautiful.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

January 26, 2013
7:59 AM

Post #9398040

Oh gosh! And I planned on being frugal this year...

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 26, 2013
8:18 AM

Post #9398056

good luck with that.
I have found some plants I wanted are not available due to crop failure.Last years drought no doubt.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

January 26, 2013
3:49 PM

Post #9398461

I can get painfully frugal until a beautiful plant is staring me in the face. I do try to save my pennies for spontaneous on-site purchases at nurseries and then I don't feel so guilty.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 27, 2013
1:56 AM

Post #9398794

Thats how I bought the most beautiful Helebore ever,10 inch pot.$30.00 I have never regretted it.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

January 27, 2013
8:55 AM

Post #9399031

What was the name of the Hellebore? I think I've only paid that much for shrubs, trees or Hostas.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 27, 2013
9:34 AM

Post #9399068

It was a Niger.
OOOOPS Not that one.
#2

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

January 27, 2013
9:58 AM

Post #9399089

That is a beaut! and it looks healthy and vigorous as well.
rouge21

(Zone 4b)

March 27, 2013
11:51 AM

Post #9463946

rouge21 wrote:And what about this even better 'anemone' ie "Wild Swan"?

http://www.elizabethmacgregornursery.co.uk/content.php?id=119

It will be available in the States through Monrovia.


UPDATE

I just got confirmation today that "Wild Swan" will be available for sale this May at "my" nursery! And so by implication you will most surely see it at a garden centre near you this spring/summer.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 27, 2013
12:51 PM

Post #9463991

How absolutely beautiful.
rouge21

(Zone 4b)

March 28, 2013
5:40 AM

Post #9464721

The grower was good enough to send me some 'baby pictures' of this hopefully wonderful flower.


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UMD_Terp
Central, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 29, 2013
5:30 AM

Post #9465626

I'll keep my eye out for it!
UMD_Terp
Central, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 29, 2013
5:41 AM

Post #9465634

I'll keep my eye out for it! Might even call them this morning lol.
rouge21

(Zone 4b)

March 29, 2013
6:10 AM

Post #9465653

I made contact with the retail nursery and the grower and have reserved 3 plants. (And to be honest I really have no idea where to put them i.e. space issues...sigh).
UMD_Terp
Central, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 1, 2013
2:18 PM

Post #9468919

I called my local place, Behnkes of Beltsville, MD. They were very unhelpful. And in fact they were just getting in their first truck of plants. Hmm. I'll just have to keep my eyes peeled. They are pretty expensive anyway. I'll holdout for the USNA plant sale and other local market sales.
mlmlakestevens
Lake Stevens, WA
(Zone 8a)

August 2, 2013
3:53 PM

Post #9619663

I just got home from Molbak's Nursery in Woodinville, WA. They had one gallon Anemone 'Wild Swan' plants on the 50% off rack, so I got one for $8.50! Kind of amazing I remembered this thread from March. If it does well maybe next year I could trade some divisions.
rouge21

(Zone 4b)

August 2, 2013
4:50 PM

Post #9619710

I have four of the "Wild Swan" which I planted earlier this summer and I have placed them in pairs in different garden beds on our property. (I have 2 of them planted nearer the house foundation which I hope will give these 2 specimens an edge in surviving their first winter as it isn't clear as to their zone hardiness.)

And although all 4 of them are healthy there are no signs of any flowers (see pic.below).

As well I am thinking they are a little less water needy in subsequent seasons when they are more established.

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perenniallyme
Jamaica Plain, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 27, 2013
4:15 PM

Post #9643199

Rouge, japanese anemones typically don't bloom until the end of August or September sometime. My tomentosa robustissima has been blooming for a week or two now, but others are just beginning to bud, or haven't yet.
I bought Pretty Lady Emily and Pretty Lady Diana a few years ago, and they're very late coming up - and each seems to appear and bloom only every other year, so I'm always thinking they've died. Although I love them being dwarf, they're not nearly so reliable as the taller ones.
I don't know anything about the wild swans.
mlmlakestevens
Lake Stevens, WA
(Zone 8a)

August 27, 2013
6:37 PM

Post #9643330

Rouge- the japanese anemones I have planted seem to take a year or two to settle in. I would not worry about lack of blooms this year-the plant looks very healthy.
rouge21

(Zone 4b)

August 28, 2013
5:58 AM

Post #9643637

perenniallyme wrote:Rouge, japanese anemones typically don't bloom until the end of August or September sometime.

I don't know anything about the wild swans


That is true of 'traditional' J. Anemone but the buzz about "Wild Swan" is that it is a true re bloomer and an (established) plant starts to flower quite early in the season e.g. July. I am not worried. But I will have my fingers crossed that it makes it through this first winter.

perenniallyme wrote:
I bought Pretty Lady Emily and Pretty Lady Diana a few years ago, and they're very late coming up - and each seems to appear and bloom only every other year,
.


My PLE (or is it PLD) is just now starting to bloom. But to be fair it gets very little sun so I can't complain. I will post a picture of it in a couple of days.

aspenhill

aspenhill
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 15, 2013
5:19 AM

Post #9686232

I have been looking for plants to add blooms to the garden this time of year, and remembered the anemones from this thread. I have plenty of room for them to spread, so I'm not worried about that issue. I had a few already, although I never kept track of the label so I don't know which kind they are. I just hope the deer continue to leave them alone because I added about fifteen more this fall - 'September Charm', 'Queen Charlotte', 'Pretty Lady Emily', and 'Pamina'.

I was on the look out for 'Wild Swan', but never came across it. The purple on the back of the white petals makes it look really interesting. Rouge, has yours bloomed yet?
mlmlakestevens
Lake Stevens, WA
(Zone 8a)

October 15, 2013
11:18 AM

Post #9686526

Hi Aspenhill- I bought 2 more 'Wild Swan' on sale for $4 apiece in little pots sometime in Sept, so now I have 3. One of the little ones has been blooming since I planted it. It does have the pretty purple on the backs of the petals, but what I have found is that to appreciate it you need to be quite close, and also viewing from behind or above (the flowers aim towards the light and droop a bit, like a Hellebore). I am looking out my window at it now, from about 20 feet away, and it is just a white flower. So be careful where you put it so the purple can be seen.
pic#1 from 6 feet away
pic#2 standing next to it
pic#3 close up from above, and from the shady west side instead of my usual viewing location from sunny east side.
How are yours Rouge?

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aspenhill

aspenhill
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 15, 2013
2:28 PM

Post #9686667

That purple on the back of the petals IS pretty - I'll have to keep an eye out for them in my area. Thanks for the heads up on situating them to be able to view them better too.
rouge21

(Zone 4b)

October 15, 2013
5:23 PM

Post #9686774

Thanks for those pictures...I am jealous.

Our's are all very healthy BUT not one bloom in the 3 months they have been in the ground.

Here are 2 of my four as of today.

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