Anemone hupehensis var. japonica – Japanese Anemone

This tough, beautiful and persistent individual is growing astride the Family Border (as far as I know no oriental connections in the Bosspeople’s family) and the Devon Border (I know my geography can be a little off but really it’s not that bad).  It is of course a relic from a previous border incarnation, and I would surmise that as the last one was the White Border it could have been in residence for quite a while.   Although it brings welcome autumn colour into the garden it is now an untidy roaming specimen that is nigh on impossible to get rid off.  DDT may do the job but luckily for us and life on earth it was banned from agricultural use in the UK in 1984 (we were a little slow on the uptake, Sweden got rid in 1970 as did USA in 1972, oh well we got there in the end).   It actually comes originally from western China and has, not surprisingly given its nature, been naturalised in Japan for the last couple of hundred years.  It was introduced into this country in 19th century by Robert Fortune, the Scottish botanist, who allegedly found it in a Shanghai cemetery where it was a popular grave decoration and was known as the Flower of Death.  Anemone means daughter of the wind, which is rather lovely, but removing this plant is rather like catching the wind or getting rid of a boomerang.



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2 responses to “Anemone hupehensis var. japonica – Japanese Anemone

  1. mum

    You will be pleased to know thatthe mushrooms have eventually shown
    themselves. All is well

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