Wouldn’t it be great if there was a cheerful, springy flower
that could distract us from the doldrums of mid winter? Turns out, there is!
July brings us the first of the season’s anemones and what a
treat it is to have them. Anemones are a fine, delicate flower that opens from
a cup-like bud into a translucent, poppy-like head. Its often a surprise to see
the large flowers unfurl from such an unassuming bud. Anemones have a lot in
common with ranunculi and are in fact part of the “Ranunculaceae” family. They
also have a fairly long season and will continue all the way through to late
Each anemone head sports a collar of grassy foliage, which will
sometimes take on the characteristics of a petal. This means that the leaves
often have a bold stripe of colour shooting through them in addition to the colour
of the anemone’s actual petals. This varied and naturalistic quirk, as well as its
wide range of colours, has made the anemone a favourite among wedding florists.
The colour range of the anemone is impressive, with pink,
purple, blue, white and multicoloured varieties in great abundance.
Anemones are best used in a rambling garden arrangement. You
could pair them with jasmine, curly sweet peas and rambling ranunculus for a
generous bouquet that cascades toward the ground. Their stems are often
unexpectedly twisty, which adds to this undone, gathered design.
If an you want to keep your wedding flowers relaxed and
informal, we’d encourage you to consider anemones. Their generous size when
fully open makes them the perfect focal flower to anchor a textured garden
arrangement. The dark centres are also an immediate draw to the eye.
Anemones are a great choice for a soft garden wedding, adding whimsy to an arrangement, without ever being twee.