Anemones and ranunculi are my two favourite bulbs and it’s prime time for planting the corms (February to May). They’ll do better after a spell in the fridge though, so place the corms in a paper bag away from fruit and vegetables (ideally four weeks for ranunculi and six weeks for anemones). Then soak the corms for a few hours in tepid water before planting out. Plant anemones with the corms pointy side down. The claws of ranunculi should also be planted downwards. Both anemones and ranunculi are gluttons for food. Feed with a general purpose fertiliser once a month and keep well watered. Bulbs are in shops now, or look to specialist mailorder nurseries such as NZ Bulbs.
The above photos show purple anemones and dreamy white ranunculi.