In The Eye Of A Heavenly Hurricane - Anemone coronaria

|Close-up of Anemone coronaria 'Mona Lisa Deep Blue' flower|

|Close-up of Anemone coronaria 'Mona Lisa Deep Blue' flower|

Wow!  What a view.  Have you seen anything so beautiful? The color, the patterns, the mood of it all.  So chic, so mysterious.  It's like looking into the eye of a heavenly hurricane or a vibrant whirlpool of the purest, deepest, purplest blue.  This is Anemone coronaria 'Mona Lisa Deep Blue' in all of its glory.  I've been on a springtime kick lately and here is yet another harbinger of the season.  Anemone coronaria, also known as the Grecian Windflower or Poppy Anemone, come to us from the Mediterranean and southeastern Europe.  It's a tuberous bulb that you can plant in autumn for a seductive springtime show of color.

|Anemone coronaria 'Mona Lisa Deep Blue' Profile|

|Anemone coronaria 'Mona Lisa Deep Blue' Profile|

Anemone coronaria 'Mona Lisa Deep Blue' emerges in spring as a clumping base of fern-like foliage with a frilly, fine texture.  The look is very elegant.  As spring gets underway, stems push flower buds up 1-2 feet.  As the buds open, paper-like petals of luscious color flutter and unfurl to reveal sophisticated stamens radiating from a beautiful black eye.  Anemone coronaria 'Mona Lisa Deep Blue' makes for one super stylish cut flower.  The flowers themselves measure about 4 inches across.  You can grow Anemone coronaria 'Mona Lisa Deep Blue' by planting tubers in locations that take full sun to part shade.  Plant them in well-draining, light, sandy soil.  Do not water during dormancy.  When foliage emerges in late winter/early spring give them regular water and prepare yourself for the heavenly hurricanes of color.