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Geo F-W
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Amy, when I go back to his nursery for the first blooms of epimediums, I might flood the topic of pics! ;)

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

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RickR
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Oh my, every one of those photos are a delight, Geoffrey!
Thanks so much for posting them.

There is so much variation in size, color and form, so there is something sure to please everyone!

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

AmyO
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Geo wrote:

Amy, when I go back to his nursery for the first blooms of epimediums, I might flood the topic of pics! ;)

Oh yes...please do! And thanks!

Amy Olmsted
Hubbardton, VT, Zone 4

Mark McD
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A glorious range of Epimedium hybrids there Geoffrey, many new, exciting, and dramatic color combinations. :o :o :o
Thanks for posting all these, it gives a good sense about the upcoming possibilities with this genus. I sure hope that some of these hybrids are able to "cross the pond" and become available here in USA.

First, I will second Wim's praise of 'Perrine's White', flowers of such solid substance, with that light kiss of pink, a true beauty!

I like 'Glingal' too, carnival colors, flights of flowers, what fun it would be to have this flowering in the garden.

Do you have information on the parentage of these fine hybrids; some of the darker ones look like omeiense, particularly 'Akame'.  And the orange ones, these tempt me the most, the ones labeled Select 3 & 4 are glorious, I'm so filled with Epimedium envy ;)

Many of the hybrids you show us have contrasting yet complimentary inner and outer sepal colors, it's hard to choose a favorite, they're all so nice.  But I'm intrigued by the one labeled "big flower selections", as not only are the flowers large, but they are of fine form; love the broad white-lavender sepals and maroon cups outlined with a rim of yellow.  The one labeled Selection #17 is a similar color combination.

Interesting to see the E. pinnatum hybrid; I have seedlings coming along of some pinnatum ssp. colchicum hand-crossed hybrids.

The one labeled Selection #15 shows distinctively ascending sepals, a unique flower shape.  I'm inspired seeing such things, as it gives ideas and promise about what sorts of things are possible when hybridizing epimediums.  And last, Selection #16, a fine looking rosy one, but with long pale spurs tipped with yellow like bright points of light... magic.

Feel free to show us more!

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Lina Hesseling
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Geo, what great pictures!
I would love to have a neighbor like this. Just to go there very often and look at his plants and being unable to choose.

Lina.

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Lina wrote:

Geo, what great pictures!
I would love to have a neighbor like this. Just to go there very often and look at his plants and being unable to choose.

Lina.

Ditto! I would also love to have his nursery as my neighbor as well! I love hellebores and I've known his name from these for a while, but I didn't know that he had lots of great Epimidium as well.

I have bookmarked his site!  ;D http://www.mytho-fleurs.com/

From the beautiful Pacific Northwest, USA,
where summer is mild and dry but winter is dark and very wet... USDA Zone 7b or 8 (depends on the year)

 

Geo F-W
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Mark, I do think that the upcoming possibilities with epimediums are huge, Thierry tries a lot of hybridizations with views to obtain new forms of flowers, foliages, improve floribondity, colors of foliages and flowers, the height of flower stems etc.. He selects a lot, he keeps the best of his hybrids for hybridizations and sell the others, which are nonetheless very interesting. Moreover, his plants are very well rooted and sold in 2-3L containers at a price extremely reasonable (about $ 8).

I do not know very well the parentage of his selections, he works a lot with omeiense, but also many others ... I ask him rarely, every magician has its secrets...

I remember on the SRGC topic of the epimedium, that you had already been interested in a selection with the same color combination as my "big flower selection", but with small flowers.
On the left, it's the big flowers form, and the small flowers form on the right.

I know that for both there is omeiense in the lineage.

Regarding the selection 15, clearly a hybrid davidii, it has several similar, I love also.

Personally, I'm totally a fan of his selection 22-23. It's like an improvement of 'Caramel', which I liked a lot. It has very long stems, very floriferous and arch up under the weight of the flowers. Its petals are more amber as 'Caramel' and it has broader sepals. I found one like that, but with foliage similar to E.wushanense 'Spiny Leaf Form', a gem.

Lina and Saori, yes, it is a joy to have a good nursery (and a good nurseryman!) close to home! There are many beautiful things there, especially, for me because I'm a Polygonatum's collector, pretty forms of Polygonatum kingianum, P.cirrhifolium and other "climbers" polygonatum, Polygonatum macranthum, giant P.falcatum etc. , some Chloranthus, which I love, nice Arisaemas etc. Thierry also greatly hybridizes Thalictrum.

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/

Hoy
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Geo wrote:

Lina and Saori, yes, it is a joy to have a good nursery (and a good nurseryman!) close to home! There are many beautiful things there, especially, for me because I'm a Polygonatum's collector, pretty forms of Polygonatum kingianum, P.cirrhifolium and other "climbers" polygonatum, Polygonatum macranthum, giant P.falcatum etc. , some Chloranthus, which I love, nice Arisaemas etc. Thierry also greatly hybridizes Thalictrum.

Hi Geoffrey, nice plants! I'm a collector of all kind of woodland plants - Epimedium as well as Polygonatum and relatives. Do you know if Thierry (or some of the nurseries having his plants) export to Norway? (Need a phytosanitary certificate)

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Geo F-W
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Hoy, unfortunately Thierry doesn't export at all, in despair of many people...

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/

Hoy
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Geo wrote:

Hoy, unfortunately Thierry doesn't export at all, in despair of many people...

Thanks, I was afraid of that :(

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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