Anemones belong to the Ranunculaceae family – which means they are cousins of the Aquilegia, Buttercup, Clematis, and Delphinium. The Anemone’s name derives from the Greek anemos ‘the wind’, and the tall pink or white Anemone nemorosa is known as the Windflower.
Anemone coronaria is also known as the Poppy Anemone or Garland Anemone as both the ancient Greeks and Romans used the flowers to make coronets, whilst in the Middle Ages the brilliant crimson flowers were believed to have sprung from the blood of the early Christian martyrs. Commercial cultivation of the anemone didn’t begin until 1924 and today, one of the florist’s most popular forms is St Brigid which offers blossoms of scarlet, crimson, blue, purple and white. In the Language of Flowers, Anemones can symbolise unfading love and being forsaken.
The Anemone is one of the easier cottage garden flowers to grow. They like some space - so plant up to an inch apart and an inch deep – and from planting the corms in March (with their ‘eye’ uppermost), flowers can be cut in June.