Only one day into April and we have had rain, sun, more rain, more sun, and it has been like this all day long. I managed to get this image of one of my Anemone blanda between April showers. Please click on image for larger, more detailed image.
This spring flower never fails to delight me when it opens up its petals. Also called ‘Balkan Anemone’, ‘Winter Windflower’, ‘Sapphire Anemone’ or ‘Grecian Windflower’, it has a wonderful array of violet-blue petals surrounding a golden disc centre. It has a rhizome root system, and palmately lobed leaves.
It flowers February to April. It is mainly cultivated and found in gardens and parks, and is occasionally naturalised as a garden throw-out. Originally from SE Europe and Turkey, and has become widely planted.
March 2014, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2014.