Last spring I planted two little anemones in a little leftover triangle of soil with the vague hope that they might actually survive and make an otherwise unremarkable corner remarkable. While the one on the left seems to have either succumbed to bad weather or weed competition, this little hybrid Japanese anemone has come back for the second year now. It seems to prefer putting on a show in September, which is just fine with me because that’s usually when all the other flowers in the garden are closing up shop. They are kept purely for ornamental reasons, though I hear that other anemones can be used in very low doses in traditional medicine. Since there are strong toxic components at work there, though, this is one plant that I will probably not be playing with once I get around to experimenting with herbal remedies.