Anemone Nemerosa

ANEMONE NEMEROSAIs there yet another thing I need to collect? I bought my first varieties of the European woodland anemones years ago when installing a "purple" shade garden for my landlady. I was quite surprised to receive what looked like little twigs packaged in peat, and per instructions planted the rhizomes horizontally 1"-2" deep in bright shade in a soil with lots of incorporated organic matter (leaf mold is best). The first spring there was very little bloom (a trait of most all the varieties--this is a plant you have to be patient with) but the 6" high divided foliage was quite attractive, emerging with a sinister purplish cast and eventually turning a deep green. By the third year though, a floriferous spreading mat of delicate windflowers had been created, which never interfered with but only enhanced the look of the neighboring plants. I started wondering about the other clones available, and saw whites, pinks, blues, purples, yellows, and even green varieties out there for sale. Then I met a couple from Canada who said they had over 200 in their collection, and realized I was on the verge of going wacky over yet another plant. It's been years since I've purchased my last varieties, but have continued to propagate and grow on my two favorites.


Anemone nemerosa 'Allenii' - Many of the A. nemerosa cultivars have flowers with coloration that differs on the inside of the petals and the outside (termed the reverse). The showy inside of 'Allenii' is a bright lavender-blue that contrasts perfectly with the yellow stamens, while the buds and reverse side of the blooms are a violet-purple with overlays of gray. 1" wide flowers open on fair weather days to face the wind atop 6"plants during the first three weeks of May.

3/$12, 12/$40 *


Anemone nemerosa 'Mart's Blue' - Purchased originally from Latvian grower Janis Ruksans, whose friend discovered this form in Estonia. It has the truest blue color and longest lasting foliage (into August, where the others disappear in July) of any variety I have seen. Both the flower (3/4" wide) and plant (4" high) are on the dwarf side; the rhizomes are smaller too. Begins blooming a week to ten days after 'Allenii' starts.

3/$15 *


* For shipping calculation count 3 Anemone bulbs as one bulb









Sanguinaria canadensis ‘Flore Pleno’The majestic double-flowered bloodroot. Granted, this is a truly ephemeral flower, but when in bloom it is without a doubt the star of the garden and the envy of everyone who sees it. Landlocked water lilies of the purest white emerge from within beautifully wrapped gray-green leaves for a week or more of pure rapture. All forms of this northeast native are said to grow best in shade or partial shade in gravelly, moist ground that is high in organic matter, yet we find this plant amenable to even quite sunny situations if the soil is well prepared and well mulched too. The rhizome should be planted horizontally and just below the soil surface.


Sanguinaria canadensis ‘Flore Pleno’

We offer two flowering sized rootstocks:


3-eye at $15 each or 3/$40

4-eye or more $18 each or 3/$48








LecojumMy favorite early bulb, the beautiful "spring snowflake" begins blooming even before the first snowdrops. Bell shaped pure white flowers with petals tipped green or yellow dangle above plants of similar size and stature to Galanthus.


We have had to wait a number of years for enough bulbs to allow cataloging, and have worked hard at perfecting post-harvest storage techniques that assure your bulbs of this difficult to acquire plant will arrive healthy and ready to grow in your gardens. The reason Leucojum vernum is very rarely offered is because it cannot be dug and cured for later shipment like most bulbs. Even though some general suppliers of Dutch grown bulbs still dare list them, experience has taught me more than once that any that do get sent will arrive rotten (although the taller and June blooming summer snowflake Leucojum aestivum does tolerate the traditional treatment, which is why it is so frequently seen in gardens). After we harvest, the bulbs are kept layered between sheets of moist leaves, and are then packed in plastic bags filled with slightly moistened peat moss the day of shipment. They should be replanted immediately upon arrival, preferably in a shaded spot in the garden or in short grass where the soil drains yet retains some moisture for most of the year.


Where happy, they will naturalize by self-sown seed (actually ants carry it off and disperse it). I used to think that we had stocks of both var. vernum (green-tipped) and var. carpathicum (yellow-tipped), but when I moved some of our var. vernum from our garden at home to the fields at Holiday Brook Farm, they all bloomed with yellow tips the next spring. Is it a soil PH thing? I'm investigating and will be sure to let you know!


Leucojum vernum -  Sold Out