In its first year of planting, the Japanese Anemone Honorine Jobert has taken a strong hold in our Cheshire garden
I published a post on this plant some time back when we were in Aberdeen. It had been in one of the main borders for several years, it did flower but never produced more than a single stem.
Its not that this plant struggled in the cooler climate of Aberdeen, in fact I often saw large clumps of it in other gardens.
Although it was sheltered the garden was in a frost pocket. The frost would hang around for days after it had cleared in many other areas of the city, on top of that the soil was rather acidic.
Well anyway it has been noted that I often compare how plants performed in our Aberdeen garden with the performance of them here in Cheshire. I guess I will continue to do this, mainly because, when I first started this blog, it was all about plant profiles in the cooler climate of the North East of Scotland.
I have to continue with these references, not just because Aberdeen is where my heart is but also for the reason that my website carries the name Aberdeen gardening, and all the posts from before December 2013 are from Aberdeen.
Time has moved on, in fact its ten years ago today when I first made an entry in Aberdeen gardening. As I have said in the past, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, in fact I think it was 2010 when I deleted hundreds of posts, including the first entry I made on January 6th 2006, I decided to put a stop to my deleting as perhaps it would be interesting for me to look back on them from time to time.
Honorine jobert is often described as the best white Japanese Anemone available. The pure white single blooms with a corolla of yellow stamens are exceptional and in our garden they really have been abundant. For years I have been keen to see this plant looking as robust as it has been in our Cheshire garden.
In October of 2014 I planted three of them in the main border of the back garden which I had purchased in two ltr pots. Being a tall perennial I was taking a chance placing them so near the front of the border, thinking I would get away with it due to the airiness of the plant. The vine like foliage is not much to look at and sort of makes it look a bit weedy. How could I say that about a plant which received the RHS prestigious award of garden merit.
However all in all it is a magnificent plant which will have to be moved, in spite of advice which states they do not like being disturbed.
We have this Anemone at the moment planted in a position that could be described as semi shade. Honorine Jobert will grow in sun or shade, probably stands out best of all in a shady position.
Habit and height
The white single blooms stand elegantly above vine like dark green semi evergreen foliage. Grows to a height of about 120cm/4ft. Although the branching stems are sturdy, a little support may be required. From the midlands of England and south the leaves are more likely to remain during the Winter.
Thrives in most free draining soil and will stand it on the acidic side, although I think the soil in our Aberdeen garden was too acidic.
Fully hardy throughout the UK, not sure if it would stand the more severe frost of the Highlands of Scotland, (perhaps you know)
Blooms late August through till October. Cut back flowering stems in November.
Doesn’t like being disturbed in the first three years. After this, if it starts outgrowing its position, lift divide and replant in Spring.
for the ten year landmark of my site I thought I would add a little reminder of how our garden in Aberdeen was looking back in 2006/2007.
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