Re-post: Japanese Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’

30 10 2010

Previously published August 31, 2008

…otherwise known as a “Japanese anemone.” The common name for this plant is “windflower,” and if you have ever tried to photograph this plant when there is a breeze, you’ll find windflower an appropriate name! Another common name is thimbleweed.

‘Honorine Jobert’ is a vigorous, mounding, compact Japanese anemone hybrid best grown in zones 4-8. It was discovered in Verdun, France in 1858. This herbaceous perennial from the Ranunculaceae family reaches 3-4 feet high and spreads 1.5 to 2 feet. The beautiful 2″ snow white flowers bloom from August through September and the plant likes full sun to part shade. Low maintenance and easily grown in average, well-drained soil, ‘Honorine Jobert’ does best in part shade to protect it from wind. Once established, the suckering shoots will spread, so plant it where it has room to grow. Divide in early spring or autumn or take root cuttings in the spring.

Summer for thee, grant I may be

Summer for thee, grant I may be
When Summer days are flown!
Thy music still, when Whipporwill
And Oriole—are done!

For thee to bloom, I’ll skip the tomb
And row my blossoms o’er!
Pray gather me—
Thy flower—forevermore!

—Emily Dickinson

Photos © Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

Japanese Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’

30 10 2010

Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ (Japanese Anemone) photographed at Green Spring Gardens. This old garden hybrid was discovered in Messier Jobert’s garden in Verdun, France in 1858. Jobert propagated it and named it for his daughter, Honorine. The name “anemone” comes from Greek mythology—Anemone was the “daughter of the wind.” And boy, was it ever windy at Green Spring Gardens when I photographed this flower—I got four in-focus shots out of about 25 total before I conceded to the wind. Gotta love the challenge, though!

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.