During springtime, the colourful Anemones rule Boboli’s grasses. The bulbs are getting more and more each year, so that their number is increasing because once they stop blooming, their leaves can still nourish the bulbs, as the grasses are not immediately cut.
It is a herbaceous perennial plant from the family of the Ranunculaceae that gathers a lot of varieties: mainly Anemone coronaria, in many different colours, grows in the Boboli Gardens, and is in full bloom in early Spring.
Anemone, a perennial herbaceous plant, is the flower of the wind. Its destiny is written in its name: Anèmos (“wind” in Greek) was a beautiful nymph wooed by warm Zephyr and cold Boreas. Their love quarrels unleashed storms and tempests deplored by jealous Flora, who transformed the nymph into a flower, linking her life to her suitors: the caressing Zephyr would in fact make her blossom while the impetuous Boreas would scatter her petals. A short, fleeting life, consecrated to astonishing beauty.