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First anemones

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Nibbled Purple Anemone 2259

I photographed my first anemones of the season on the last day of February. It seems I wasn’t the only one eager to find them, judging from the nibbling I noticed on just about every flower, including this richly purple one in the “panhandle” of St. Edward’s Park.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 20, 2014 at 6:01 AM

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  1. You are a dear friend :). You must have known that on the first day of Spring it is snowing and blowing here once again, and I really needed something to give me some hope. Ahhhh, such beautiful colour!!


    March 20, 2014 at 6:29 AM

    • I’d heard there was snow across upstate New York and northern New England the other day, but I didn’t know about this latest attack on Ontario. I’m happy to give you this colorful anemone as a harbinger of the spring that’s bound to come your way. (Spring is going happen up there, isn’t it?)

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 20, 2014 at 7:48 AM

  2. I like the delicate veins and rich color.

    Jim in IA

    March 20, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    • This was one of the most richly purple anemones I’ve seen in a good while, with particularly prominent veins, as you pointed out. I’ve seen more anemones in the three weeks since then, but none as colorful.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 20, 2014 at 7:51 AM

  3. Me, too. And I wonder who it is, nibbling, nibbling…


    March 20, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    • I didn’t see any culprits then, but yesterday I noticed tiny “corrugated” beetles eating two other kinds of wildflowers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 20, 2014 at 8:05 AM

  4. Beautiful, Steven! So good to see flowers again, huh? I had my first yellow crocus in the garden last week. It was 60 degrees that day. The next day, the poor thing was covered in eight inches of snow. Eek!


    March 20, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    • Even in Austin, on a less drastic scale, we’ve had plenty of alternations between cold and warm. Spring is finally here to stay, and many of my familiar subjects are coming up. Let’s hope yours don’t tarry.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 20, 2014 at 9:36 AM

  5. Richly purple indeed! My favorite color!


    March 20, 2014 at 10:48 AM

  6. Happy Spring Day, Steve!
    A very good sharp view,
    and I like the yellowy center
    as much as the bees do.

    Cheerz! 🙂 Keith

    Uncle Tree

    March 20, 2014 at 5:34 PM

  7. If it’s going to keep snowing and blowing in some neighborhoods, a windflower is doubly appropriate. I didn’t realize there are so many varieties. The one I’m most familiar with is the Anemone coronaria. It’s a favorite of china decorators, who usually mix red, purple and white in their decals.

    I passed a vacant lot filled with “something” on my way home. When I stopped, I found a mixed field of false garlic, deer pea vetch and another tiny, tiny purple flower I haven’t ID’d yet. There were small yellow and white butterflies everywhere. I’m sure they’re glad spring is here, too.


    March 20, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    • Each day that I go out now I find more of this area’s familiar spring “friends” putting in an appearance. I’ve been seeing false garlic for several weeks, and I found some real garlic a few days ago.

      I remember that A. coronaria is the European species I first heard about from a comment of yours last year. In Austin there are two native species, A. berlandieri and A. caroliniana, but I haven’t learned to tell them apart, so the answer to which is which is blowing in the wind.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 20, 2014 at 8:35 PM

  8. HUGE fave.


    March 20, 2014 at 8:58 PM

  9. Beautiful complementary colours. Well captured details!


    March 21, 2014 at 6:39 AM

    • Thanks. One way to think of the picture is as four rings of color: yellow-green at the center surrounded by rose surrounded by purple surrounded by brown.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 21, 2014 at 7:46 AM

  10. Gorgeous, Steve – a much needed punch of color on a dreary wintery March day!


    March 21, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    • You won’t be surprised to hear that in Austin the afternoon temperature is now getting up into the 70s and even low 80s. Familiar species of native wildflowers, though delayed because of ice as recently as 17 days ago, are popping out in many places. A few have even gone to seed already, as I’ll show in a few days.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 21, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      • I was lucky enough to visit San Antonio last month for a conference; what a treat to be in warm temps and sunshine in February! I had hoped to visit the Botanical Garden there but my schedule was far too demanding. I did get to stroll the Riverwalk every day, a lovely gem.


        March 21, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        • I’m glad you got to visit San Antonio in February. That wasn’t a great botanical month this year, thanks in part to the colder-than-average winter, though it was still a far cry (and a warm one) from the Northeast. Too bad you didn’t have any extra time to go exploring, but you can always come back.

          Steve Schwartzman

          March 21, 2014 at 7:04 PM

  11. […] long ago you saw a purple anemone. I’ve observed that a fair number of purple flowers have white variants, and that’s […]

  12. How odd. I appear to have stopped following you – was wondering where my daily dose of wildflowers had gone, but had a few PC problems this month so hadn’t realised I wasn’t getting regular feeds! Love the anemone, I have a few in a pot that I’d forgotten about until they raised their heads a week or two ago.
    Jude xx


    March 30, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    • Hey, Jude. I’m sorry you got unsubscribed, but welcome back. I’ve learned that there are about 120 species of anemone around the world, so I’m not surprised to hear that you have some and that they’ve recently raised their heads. The one in this photograph is of a purple as saturated as any of our local species ever get.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 30, 2014 at 5:18 PM

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