Anemone Wild Swan

I was most taken aback yesterday to see a flower on Anemone Wild Swan.  This is the first flower the plant has produced and I felt quite confused as I thought it was a summer flowering plant.  Maybe not – maybe I was muddled, as is often the case, and it was a spring-flowering plant.  So this morning whilst nursing a rotten cold I did a bit of research.

Anemone Wild Swan was a new introduction in 2011 by Elizabeth MacGregor Nursery.  It was first shown at the Chelsea Flower Show in May where it was awarded Plant of the Year.  Now I’m not someone who has to have the latest thing but I do rather like Anemones and I seem to be acquiring more and more, a bit like my growing collection of Primulas, so when I saw it for sale on Elizabeth MacGregor’s wonderful stand at the Tatton Flower Show last July I decided to throw caution to the wind and splash out the £8 for a plant.  This is far more than I normally pay for a perennial!

Checking on Elizabeth’s website this morning I see that it should start flowering in June, although further south possibly from May.  I  can only assume that I have a rogue flower which has been confused by our ridiculously mild weather.  We have had only one frost so far this year whereas last year we had weeks of freezing weather and snow.

You can see from the bottom two photos the display I am hoping for.  The top photo is the lone premature bloom.

My Anemone Wild Swan is planted in the new woodland border on the edge where it will get some dappled shade.  This border is primarily planted for spring interest with a Witch Hazel as the centre piece, Erythronium, and dwarf Narcissus amongst other things.  However as I didn’t want this area to be without interest the rest of the year there are also ferns and Solomons  Seal and I will be adding more as I see how it develops.  The Anemone Wild Swan was bought to give summer interest so we shall see how it does but it was nice for it to  show willing to early on.

You can buy Anemone Wild Swan from Elizabeth MacGregor Nursery by mail order and I understand from her website that it is being slowly released to garden centres etc so it should  become more wildly available in the near future.

Click on any of the links  to find  out more about the plant and its growing habits


19 Comments Add yours

  1. Alison says:

    What a great surprise

  2. I first read about Anemone “Wild Swan” just yesterday and wondered why I had not heard of it before. Looks lovely. Will probably be quite a while before it is available here in South Africa. Pity, because it looks lovely! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. Anna says:

    Oh what a beauty Helen – I am most sorely tempted. This mild winter must be sending confusing signals out to the plants – I have roses still in flower. I can certainly vouchsafe for the quality of plants and the packaging from Elizabeth MacGregor’s nursery, having been a satisfied customer a few times. Sadly it seems that the nursery are not doing any shows this year 😦

  4. I love how delicate the bloom is on this plant. Anemones are such a romantic looking plant. That is a pretty grouping in the image from the show with at the varied textures.

  5. lindasgarden says:

    what a lovely read and flower Helen

  6. Beautiful little flower – I bet it look even better en masse. I love all the flowers in the anemone genus I am waiting for my anemone blanda to appear and the pasque flowers – they all look so fragile.

  7. Holleygarden says:

    It’s beautiful! And what a nice surprise to have an eager flower, although I can see why you were confused if it’s not supposed to bloom until May! Very eager, indeed!

  8. Alison says:

    How lovely! This spring like weather must confussing the poor little thing.

  9. I really like the plum-ish blush it has through the flower. Saw it at Chelsea last year and put it straight on the ‘wanted’ list.

    I think I remember the woman on the Hardy’s stand saying that it flowers for longer than most anemones because it’s a complex hybrid between spring and autumn flowering varieties. Looks like a good do-er!

    PS – I also seem to be developing a primula habit…

  10. Mark and Gaz says:

    That is a lovely, delicate looking flower! There’s me saying to myself that this particular one is new to me but as I carried on reading your post it is a new introduction.

  11. Lona says:

    I love Anemones too and that is a pretty one. Never heard of it but maybe it has not arrived here yet. This silly weather has a lot of plants mixed up. Enjoy it no matter why. LOL!

  12. Janet says:

    I have several anemones but not this one. I’m a great fan Elizabeth’s MacGregor’s Nursey and have bought several plants in the past. Their catalogue is full of choice plants. Good to see them getting the recognition they deserve. Maybe it will still be flowering for you in May…

  13. What a beautiful selection. I hope it still packs a punch for you in May.

    Our weather is just crazy here in Pennsylvania too… the kids and I were outside running around in the sun and mud today, though it keeps plummeting periodically to -11 about once a week.

  14. Sheila says:

    Aha – I knew I was not the only one with rogue flowers in bloom! A nice read about a confused plant… I’m collecting observations on signs of mild winter in my latest post. I’d love to have your contribution.

  15. gardeningasylum says:

    Here in North Carolina, a warm early winter has lots of plants confused, especially the prunus mumes planted along the roadways. Hope your plant saves some energy for June – it looks like it will be lovely.

  16. Kath Wright says:

    I think that the lone bloom looks far more attractive than the clustered groups. Much more delicate. It could just be the photography, come to think of it, but I think that’s rather beautiful.

  17. Jean says:

    Helen, Like others, I hope that you also get blooms on this plant in June. But I must say that a lone bloom at this time of year is a particularly sweet treat. Happy New Year.

  18. easygardener says:

    I saw the plant at Chelsea and liked it. I don’t have much luck with Anemones in my garden apart from Japanese ones so I think I will wait until the price drops before I take a gamble!

  19. vespaferoxfirst says:

    I planted about a dozen of these a year and a half ago. Last summer they grew very well but never flowered. Last fall my gardening helper planted them out in various parts of the garden They have started blooming beautifully now (middle of May, Burren hills of western Ireland) – and hey, a surprise, about a third of them are a strong blue!

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