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JAPANESE anemones have remained a favourite for some 150 years, despite changes in garden fashion and the introduction in that time of innumerable new flowers. The first Japanese anemone, with pink flowers, was produced by experts of the Horticultural Society, before it had become 'Royal', who crossed two wild species. In fact, neither originated in Japan - one was from China and the other from India.

Improved forms were developed and we are offering two of the finest of those old varieties, both holders of the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society award of garden merit, to Gardening Club members today:

Honorine Jobert, introduced about 1858, has dark green leaves from which rise long, erect stems bearing sumptuous, pure white, saucer-shaped blooms with a pink tinge on the outside. A large centre of golden stamens gives the finishing touch to each flower. In good conditions, this variety will bloom for as long as three months.

Queen Charlotte, dating from 1898, is another classic - similar in general shape but particularly vigorous. It has large, semi-double pink flowers 10cm (4in) across, shaded purple on the backs of the petals and those breath-taking golden stamens.

Both are free-flowering, hardy and long-lived, forming broad roots which can be divided to create more plants. They grow 1.2-1.5 metres (4ft-5ft) tall, though rarely require staking.

They flower best in full sun but will tolerate some shade.

Our offer contains one plant each of Honorine Jobert and Queen Charlotte. They will be delivered as strong-rooted plants filling two-litre pots for planting in spring, flowering from this summer or next. They will be delivered with planting instructions.

Normal mail order price for top-quality specimens of these outstanding plants is pounds 15.33 but members pay only pounds 13.75, saving over 10pc. This offer is available only to members but readers joining the club may take it up at the same time. The Gardening Club will close at the end of its current year on March 16. New members may join the club for its remaining period at the discounted rate of pounds 2.50 and take full advantage of bargain offers and competitions every Saturday.

Members will continue to be eligible for 10pc savings on mail order goods through the Organic Gardening Catalogue after the club has closed. A free copy of the catalogue is available on 01932-248541.

After the Gardening Club closes, Peter Surridge's gardening features and events diary will continue. Next week: Win the definitive book on pruning shrubs and trees.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 16, 2002
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