Robinson’s Wood Anemone: Anemone nemorosa ‘Robinsoniana’
This charming little flower is a form of our native wood anemone discovered by William Robinson growing in the grounds of the Oxford Botanic Garden. Finely dissected, purple tinged foliage is barely discernible in the early stages of growth, especially amongst the grass where is mostly grows here at Gravetye. Soon though, foliage swells and the flower heads begin to emerge. In spring sunshine, these open to reveal the familiar flower of the wood anemone blushing to become the softest shade of lilac.
Here at Gravetye, Robinson’s wood anemone grows alongside our native form in pockets around the Wild Garden and throughout the meadow helping to form part of the succession of flowers Robinson successfully naturalised in grass.
Words by Robert, photograph by Martin