Anemone nemorosa 'Vestal'
I know very well that it is torture to go to a good nursery without having a garden to plant anything into, but I still can't keep myself off. I try to tell myself that this is an exercise in self-discipline, something that has never has been my strongest feature. A couple of days ago, I came home with three pots (tiny ones don't count...?) of ordinary wood anemones, which fill the forests of Southern Sweden and Finland this time of the year. Just look at the beautiful pictures by Slottsträdgårdsmästaren, showing what I am so desperately longing for just now...
After the tiny flowers opened, they were are not at all the single, wild wood anemones I thought I had bought. Instead, they are Anemone nemorosa 'Vestal', a double-white wood anemone with a frill of white larger petals around a pompom-like centre. As these anemones lack their anthers, their flowers are sterile, which makes them quite long-lasting in the garden, unlike their wild sisters. And as 'Vestal' tends to nod its face downward for the first few days, hiding its frilly center, the nursery had incorrectly marked them as ordinary wood anemones. So now I'm wondering if I should go back and tell them, offering to pay more as these rare and refined ladies are more expensive... or just keep the secret and enjoy them without any guilt?