Anemone blanda, White Splendour
by John McWhirter
blanda grows in rocky places, in scrub and open woodland, in
mountain habitats in the Balkans and eastward to Turkey, and
there are a number of good cultivars, of which 'White Splendour'
is probably one of the best. It is neither tare nor difficult,
but is a neat, compact, attractive and good garden worthy plant.
got it from Margaret Glynn a good many years ago and planted it
in the light sandy soil of a raised border on the east side of a
N-S wall. It flourished there, covering itself with large white
blossoms every year, getting no attention and no fertiliser but
only a mulch with home-made compost now and again.
few years ago, when it was in full bloom and looking its best, I
thought that, though it might not be a Farrar Medal plant, it
would at least grace and brighten the Show bench. The venture
was not entirely successful for instead of staying in a bunch as
I had expected, the roots, which are long thin tubers with
little fibre, fell apart. I kept them together as well as I
could and eventually got them into the pot, but although I
tended it carefully it did not recover well, and so far has not
produced a show which is anything like what it did in the
garden. I have not disturbed it again but kept it in the pot in
a frame in the hope that it will one day look as well as it did
when I photographed it. But just in case, I intend to try
another plant in the garden.