UK bulbs - anemone nem.

Jim McKenney
Fri, 11 Jun 2004 22:09:29 PDT
When Jane McGary wrote:
>I tried to buy it [the "crested" Anemone nemorosa]  there years ago and they 
>would not sell it to me, but I got it anyway by buying a field-grown 
>rhododendron from them, with the anemone rhizomes in the root ball.

it really brought back some memories and made me chuckle. I guess we're all
alike. When I was a beginning gardener, I very much wanted Passiflora
incarnata in my garden. It's a native of Maryland, but back in those days I
never saw it in the wild. [I've since been shown a site where it grows
freely - and was probably introduced]. I knew of one mail order source
which occasionally listed it, but I never saw it for sale in local
nurseries. But I did see it occasionally in local nurseries: nursery stock
grown well south of Maryland, where the Passiflora is doubtless a
pernicious field weed, occasionally had plants of Passiflora incarnata
growing as weeds in the pots. And  so I acquired my plant the way Jane
acquired her anemone. I had to buy and Ilex to get mine - I think Jane must
have patronized a better nursery to get a rhodie with hers. 

It isn't just in the mid and lower South that this Passiflora incarnata is
a terrible weed. I cossetted my plant during its first two seasons. A few
years later I couldn't pull it up fast enough. Be warned!

You may find that this nursery-scouting is also a good way to obtain the
other native Passiflora: I've also seen P. lutea in nursery pots. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where I have a passion for
native plants, especially those illustrated in Audubon's Birds of America.

At 10:48 AM 6/11/2004 -0700, you wrote:
>Jim wrote,
>>Suddenly I'm feeling very acquisitive and want to start a new collection. 
>>[of Anemone nemorosa variants]
>At a recent local plant sale, I acquired a couple of new ones from a Swiss 
>nurseryman who has relocated to my area. His nursery is Edelweiss 
>Perennials, and it has a rudimentary website (be sure you search for 
>Edelweiss Perennials, not "Edelweiss Nursery," which is a midwestern 
>bedding plant operation). I've also found an excellent list of these plants 
>at Long Acre Plants (U.K.) but have not received a reply to my inquiry 
>about whether they ship overseas.
>The "crested" form that Diane Whitehead describes as a plant passed from 
>garden to garden is probably the same as the one that I got from Bovees 
>Nursery in Portland, Oregon. I tried to buy it there years ago and they 
>would not sell it to me, but I got it anyway by buying a field-grown 
>rhododendron from them, with the anemone rhizomes in the root ball. I 
>expect they sell it on purpose now. They have a mail-order operation but I 
>don't know if they're on line.
>I don't recall whether Janet Galpin, who is working on a British National 
>Collection of Anemone, is on this forum, but I've corresponded with her in 
>the past and she probably has a good list of known varieties of A. nemorosa.
>I recently researched the British National Collections program while 
>casting about for something to write. In this scheme, both institutions and 
>individuals maintain and curate systematic collections of one genus, or one 
>section of a genus (e.g., there is a national collection of Japanese 
>Anemone cultivars). A standing committee examines proposals and certifies 
>the collections based on fairly elaborate criteria. Some years ago, 
>American nurseryman Barry Glick was trying to stir up interest in starting 
>a similar program in the USA, but as far as I know it never got off the 
>ground, or should I say in the ground. Especially with the movement to 
>restrict the entry of new plant species to the USA, it might be good to 
>explore establishing such a project now, under the auspices of a 
>representative and stable committee, with official input from plant 
>societies. (Replies to this paragraph should have a new subject line,
>Jane McGary
>Northwestern Oregon, USA
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