October 15, 2014

Anemones, Snowberries and English Roses in a Vase

This morning I cut a few flowers for a vase just before the skies opened with welcome but rather gloomy rain.  My Japanese anemone (Anemone robustissima) flowers are just the right shade to blend with mauve English roses.  At center is pale 'Charles Rennie Mackintosh.'

I also included deeper pink 'Sister Elizabeth' roses, though they don't last as long in a vase. 

Snowberries and sprigs of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) fill out the arrangement, and a few leaves of lady's mantle (Alchimella mollis) make a ruffle around the base.

Although they look sweet and delicate, Japanese anemones generally spread aggressively, so I have limited them to one corner of the garden. 

Two types of white roses had a few blooms open, so I added 'Meidiland White' and tiny 'Francine Austin.'

Here is a full view of the arrangement, which makes a cheery contrast to the wet, grey, cool weather today.


  1. What a wonderful little posy like arrangement. I do wish Japanese Anemones would like my garden. I've just planted a white one, my very last attempt at them. I've given it a good talking too - hopefully that will work.

  2. Hi VW,

    Lovely vase; really must work harder to have blooms for cutting. Giving up on anemones though as they just never thrive here and only manage to produce a few leaves each year and if I'm super lucky I get a couple of blooms.


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