Anemone blanda
Fri, 24 Jun 2011 14:52:45 PDT
On 23 Jun 2011, at 16:51, Kathleen Sayce wrote:

> I have been trying A. blanda on top of a sand dune with open shade under
> conifers, where it persists for 2-3 years, then disappears.

The operative word in your statement is "sand." There's a very general 
misunderstanding that "well-drained" means "sandy", which (to quote an old 
hillbilly) jes' ain't true.

Geophytes with their fleshy storage organs need good living; it takes good 
nourishment to build up those accumulations of starch. And good, nourishing 
soils are generally based on clay, not sand.

I'm going to hazard a guess that your anemome blanda are disappearing from 
starvation as much as from excessive winter wet, perhaps moreso.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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