Welcome to week seven of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral eye-candy where you will learn about a variety of very special blooms. This week we are loving the anemones!
The anemone is probably the flower that is the most mispronounced of all the flowers our there. Pronounced “A-NEM-ON-EE”. If you have ever seen the movie “Finding Nemo” you may remember the endearing moment in the film when Nemo talks about how he lives in an anemone – he stumbles with the word several times, jumbling the letters and adding many extra syllables. Undoubtedly, the anemone is a tricky one to say and write, so it is fitting that the origin of the word is from Greece (its all Greek to me!!). Anemone means “daughter of the wind“. Anemos means wind. The plant was said to have been created by the goddess Venus when she sprinkled nectar on the blood of her dead love Adonis.
The most common of the anemone is the poppy anemone. The red one in particular is often mistaken for a poppy. This is the type of anemone that we use in the floral industry. It is a tuberous rooted plant with parsley like leaves. Its flower stalks grow 15-20 cm high. It is commonly available in purple, red, white, fushia, and soft pink. Anemones can feature either light centers or black/blue centers. Currently, wedding trends have made the white anemone with the black/blue centers the most sought after of all.
The availability of anemones is a quite generous one, spanning from October through to May. They are certainly at their peak in the early spring months. The anemone is not a hot weather lover. Unfortunately, the anemone is sought after by many summer brides, but its availability is a sketchy one. If spring is a cool one where they are grown, the flowering of the anemone may be extended into the beginning of June – but this doesn’t happen often. We at Living Fresh were very fortunate to be able to get our hands on some Holland imported anemones mid June for a wedding – but it was touch and go till the very end, with no guarantees from our beloved supplier.
Anemones can cost anywhere from $2.50 a stem to over $10 depending on the season and the country of origin. Holland product is notorious for being costly. Anemones are a tiny flower ranging in size from 1″-2″ in diameter depending on the season. The vase life of an anemone is approximately one week. Be very cautious when handling these blossoms because they have hollow stems making them fragile and easy to crush. The stems are also quite susceptible to rotting in the water – filling a vase with just a few inches of water is your best bet.
If you are unfamiliar with this flower, all you have to do is flip through a bridal magazine and we can guarantee that you will see them! They are a fun, whimsical flower, worthy of wedding bouquet status.