Japanese Anemones seem to like my garden - they are very low maintenance and multiply with enthusiasm, which is a good thing as I favour the wild, natural look and they block out any weeds that dare to trespass on their patch. This dark pink variety is shorter than my others, so needs no staking (another plus point).
It has started flowering very early this year (two years ago I featured it on my blog as Bloom of the Week in October), although there are still lots of buds so maybe it will have a long flowering season. I hope so.
I like the fact that it looks a little ruffled around the edges - as if it has just got out of bed!
The sweet peas have put on a good show this year, albeit not quite the show I had in mind.
I sowed carefully-selected varieties from seed in cardboard tubes, by colour, with smart labels, before Christmas! Unfortunately I have since realised early planting is not ideal for me. The longer I have seedlings hanging about the more chances they have of meeting a grizzly end. I lost some when the bucket they were in was left out in the rain and promptly froze, others when they dried out whilst on holiday in April and yet more when puppy found he could reach the cardboard tubes in the tray and thought it was a great game to race round the garden with them in his mouth, leaving a trail of compost and bedraggled seedlings in his wake.
My mum took pity on me and my bedraggled specimens and promptly bought me a replacement tray of healthy little plants that someone else had grown, putting mine to shame. I mixed them in with those of mine that had survived against all odds, and thus have no idea what varieties I have ended up with.