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Rethinking Anemones: Arranging a Delicate Spring Flower

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Rethinking Anemones: Arranging a Delicate Spring Flower

March 13, 2018

With their watercolor-paint petals, anemones are one of the daintiest spring flowers. Part of the ranunculus family, and sporting leaves that bring to mind parsley, anemones have a delicate charm and are sometimes called windflowers. Traditionally, as a cut flower, I’ve paired them with other spring delicacies, such as grape hyacinth, narcissus, and other ranunculus. For a more modern look, I’ve paired them here with ingredients that evoke a Mediterranean climate (in late winter or early spring) and arranged them in a terracotta vase.

Photography and styling by Chelsea Fuss.

Keep anemones away from direct light so cut stems will last as long as possible.
Above: Keep anemones away from direct light so cut stems will last as long as possible.

Anemones will close in the cold and open with light and warmth. Purchase them when they are at least halfway closed, as they will open very quickly, particularly as they are handled and arranged. In a cool environment, out of direct light, they will last for a week. Of course, you must recut the stems at an angle and provide them with fresh water in a clean vase (the best way to ensure long-lasting cut flowers).

Anemones show their length and work as a focal flower in my Mediterranean-style spring arrangement.
Above: Anemones show their length and work as a focal flower in my Mediterranean-style spring arrangement.

Like tulips, they grow taller in the vase, so watch your arrangement change and develop as the days go by. The way the flower changes over the days just adds more interest to the arrangement.

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Above: The first of the season’s lilac blossoms, grasses, olive, honeysuckle, viburnum, vinca, garden calla lilies, and a variety of foraged meadow flowers offer a textured backdrop to let these simple beauties shine.

Place larger flowers at the bottom of the arrangement, and lighter, more delicate blossoms at the top of the arrangement, to balance it visually.

Stems of anemone paired with tulip and rambling roses.
Above: Stems of anemone paired with tulip and rambling roses.
To ensure your anemones last as long as possible, recut the stems at an angle and provide them with fresh water in a clean vase.
Above: To ensure your anemones last as long as possible, recut the stems at an angle and provide them with fresh water in a clean vase.
Next to the large arrangement, I&#8
Above: Next to the large arrangement, I’ve added anemone stems in Japanese glass and local ceramic cups. In the glass, I’ve paired anemone with a tulip (bulb intact) to offer even more interest through the simple, glass vase.
This easy garden-style arrangement brings springtime indoors or to a terrace as a centerpiece for a table.
Above: This easy garden-style arrangement brings springtime indoors or to a terrace as a centerpiece for a table.

So many flowering bulbs, so many ways to use them effectively in a flower bed or container garden. See more of our favorite combinations:

Finally, get more ideas on how to successfully plant, grow, and care for japanese anemone with our Japanese Anemone: A Field Guide.

Finally, get more ideas on how to plant, grow, and care for various perennial plants with our Perennials: A Field Guide.

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