Epimedium 2012

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Mark McD
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RickR wrote:

I wonder, Mark, if you are going to have the "problem" I have here every year: when the spring air is warm, but the the frozen soil lags long into the season.  Marginal evergreens of all kinds tend to look fine until spring begins.

What is the frost depth in the soil now, compare to most years?

Probably not as deep as normal.  Overall it's been a rather mild winter, interspersed with some normal deep cold spells.  Hard to know based on this aberrant winter, other than to say the lack of snow cover most definately affected foliage "evergreenness" on some Epimediums.  But that's okay, generally I shear off any beat up looking foliage in late winter / early spring, to better enjoy the spring flowers.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Mark McD
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Believe it or not, I don't have the epimedium bible, The Genus Epimedium and Other Herbaceous Berberidaceae (A Botanical Magazine Monograph) by William T. Stearn.  My list of things to buy is always so long, but with limited budget, discretionary spending on hobby items is always very restricted.  But tonight I finally ordered a used copy in "very good" condition from Amazon for $50, a very good price when researching availability of this book. 

On Amazon there are 5 remaining used copies, but they get expensive very fast, here's a screen capture of the 5 remaining used copies.  There is also a new copy for $215.99, but looking around at other sources, new copies can be bought for considerably less.

Amazon, 5 remaining used copies as of 02-18-2012:

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Geo F-W
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Waiting for spring, some pictures of a few selections of my friend and neighbor Thierry Delabroye, among thousands of his nursery. I'm anxious to see his hybrid of 'The Giant' next month.

Some are quite showy, not for all tastes I think...^^ I like.

1. Perrine's White
2. Glingal
3-6. selections
7. Space Wagon
8-10. Calliope

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Geoffrey F-Winterspoon.
Arras, Northern France, USDA zone 8 (temps min -12°c), cool and humid summer and cool winter.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29627653@N04/sets/72157627728518944/

Geo F-W
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More...

1-4. selections
5-8. Cyrion
9. Mandrin Star
10. E. pinnatum hybrid

Geoffrey F-Winterspoon.
Arras, Northern France, USDA zone 8 (temps min -12°c), cool and humid summer and cool winter.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29627653@N04/sets/72157627728518944/

Geo F-W
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And more...(that's a lot of picture I know ...)

Geoffrey F-Winterspoon.
Arras, Northern France, USDA zone 8 (temps min -12°c), cool and humid summer and cool winter.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29627653@N04/sets/72157627728518944/

Geo F-W
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Well, now I stop... ;D

Geoffrey F-Winterspoon.
Arras, Northern France, USDA zone 8 (temps min -12°c), cool and humid summer and cool winter.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29627653@N04/sets/72157627728518944/

WimB
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Geo wrote:

...a few selections of my friend and neighbor Thierry Delabroye, among thousands of his nursery....

I really have to visit his nursery again this year...it's been a while since I've been there. And he sells such wonderful plants (very stunning Hellebores too: http://www.mytho-fleurs.com/images/Delabroye/Delabroye-hellebores-20-02-...). I love Epimedium 'Perrine's white', that's one of his own hybrids, no?

Wim Boens
Wingene Belgium zone 8a

Tim Ingram
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Wow, what a selection of epimediums (and hellebores)! I still have quite a bit of space in the garden...

Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
 

Geo F-W
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Absolutely Wim, Perrine is his daughter. He sells 'Perrine's White' since this year.
His selections have really diversified over the past three years, this year there will be many many.
He's a bit disappointed, also so do I, because people seem to be interested only in large-flowered Epimediums, while he created some lovely tiny-flowers forms.
I leave his nursery every year in march and april with dozens of epimediums...

His Hellebores are also fantastic indeed. There's something for everyone, from sophisticated to the selections of botanic species.
I bought him this year some nice crosses between H.orientalis and H.tibetanus and a pretty green yellow flowered form with foliage deeply dissected.

Geoffrey F-Winterspoon.
Arras, Northern France, USDA zone 8 (temps min -12°c), cool and humid summer and cool winter.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29627653@N04/sets/72157627728518944/

AmyO
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Geo wrote:

Well, now I stop... ;D

Oh no Geo!!! Don't stop....I think we can put up with more of your pics!! :o :o :o

Amy Olmsted
Hubbardton, VT, Zone 4

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