We simply adore the delicate beauty of Anemones here at Amanda Austin Flowers. A little more unusual than traditional favourites such as Roses and Hydrangeas, they are nevertheless something quite special. As we enter the peak of Anemone season we thought we would give them the limelight they deserve. Here are some of our Anemone top tips for you!
Even if you haven’t heard of Anemones before, you will most likely recognise them. With their dainty petals and dark centres they are easy to spot, and can be found in shades of white, fuschia pink, red, deep purple and in beautiful pastel tones. The name is Greek in origin and translates as ‘wind flower,’ thought to signify the wind blowing their petals open and in time blowing the dead petals away. Anemones are available in autumn, winter and spring, with their best season being spring.
It is often said that Anemones continue to grow once cut or placed into a bouquet. This sounds rather odd, but they do indeed open quite significantly and it is something to consider when creating arrangements. Luckily it means Anemones look rather beautiful on their own, perhaps paired with some simple greenery or an understated equivalent.
As for creating something special with Anemones, they look very romantic in artisan arrangements. We recommend nestling them amongst flowers such as Hydrangeas, Lisianthus, Clematis, Astilbe or David Austin Roses.
For a slightly ‘smarter’ style, less can be more. Stick to one colourway, and their dark centres will give the arrangement that mesmerizing quality. We recommend sticking to white, and opting for Roses, Snowflake Roses and/or Freesia. If this sounds like something you may fancy then don’t miss our Chic White Anemone Bouquet!
Caring for Anemones
Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your Anemones:
1. Anemones are particularly thirsty flowers so give them plenty of water, remembering to change it each day. You’ll notice it gets dirty quickly too. If you’re planting them in the garden, soak the tubulars for a few hours before placing them into the soil.
2. Store your Anemones or place your arrangements somewhere cool to prevent the flowers from opening too quickly.
3. As we said before, give them some space to open. When you arrive home from the florist their petals may be tightly closed, but within an hour they will have started to unfurl quite beautifully. Remember to anticipate this, leaving space for the butterflies to land (as we always say!).
We hope this guide has helped shed some light on this lovely flower! If you enjoyed reading it, you may enjoy our Guide to Hydrangeas too.