Friends Close, Anemones Closer

Anemones and Ranunculus: The coolest flowers nobody’s ever heard of

I barely had time to sniffle over the end of the tulips here at Sea Change before the next flower wave was upon me!

Back in February, I was soaking hard little acorn- and octopus-shaped corms in my bathtub. Those strange small creatures have since grown up and are now blooming in all their glory.

First, let me introduce you to the Anemone.

Anemones are cool-weather flowers that are perennial in some zones (but not mine!). The latin name for these flowers, Anemone coronaria, associates them with crowns–fitting, since they do look quite regal to me!

This year, I grew a big ol’ mix of anemones, and my favorite are the red ones, which have a gorgeous white halo around their dark central eye.

And now, on to the Ranunculus.

Ranunculus are a member of the buttercup family. You know, like, the hold-it-under-your-chin-and-it-shows-if-you-like-butter flower. But, really, who doesn’t like butter? Even I like butter and it makes me quite ill!

I am amazed by the intricate whorled layers of petals on these beautiful flowers. I am loving all the colors I grew, but in particular, the yellow is my favorite.

Ranunculus and Anemones are both cool-weather-loving flowers, so they will go dormant once summer starts to move in. With any luck, these will still be blooming next week for my CSA members!

Speaking of CSA’s and local flowers…

Introducing: the Local Economy Project

Rainbows of ranunculus aside, there’s a lot of bad stuff happening in the world. And while it’s tempting to ignore it all and just go run around in a field of flowers, that’s not how you enact change!

My partner and I have been watching a lot of documentaries about what it means to build a sustainable world running on a sustainable economy. We’re starting something called the Local Economy Project, and we would love for you to join us in your own communities. Read more about the Local Economy Project.

Spoiler alert: this blog post isn’t going to fix the world. But it will tell you about a step you can take with me to begin the process.

I hope you’ve had a great weekend filled with barbecues and time outside with friends and family. I had a good friend come to visit, and she helped me finally get my dahlia tubers into the ground. Thank you! I’ll check back in with you on those dahlias in a few months. For now, good night!

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