Epimedium 2012

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ErnieC123 wrote:

You said it looks like the 'Pink Elf' or 'Domino', i don't think so.
The habitus looks much more like a E.grandiflorum-hybrid. I have an eye on that cultivar:-)

Sorry Ernie, I didn't make myself clear. I compared 'Pink Elf' with 'Domino'. Not with your seedling.

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Two representifs from the species acuminatum.

1 and 2 Epimedium acuminatum
3 and 4 Epimedium acuminatum 'Night Mistress'.

First photo the whole plant, second the flowers.

You may compare the difference between the species and the cultivar. The cultivar with bigger and brighter flowers.

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Epimedium 'Spine Tingler', a cultivar with extraordinary spiny leaves, like a spine indeed. The flowers, very small in size. A good one for the rock garden. I like this one very much.

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Wim Boens
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Mark McD
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gerrit wrote:

Two representifs from the species acuminatum.

1 and 2 Epimedium acuminatum
3 and 4 Epimedium acuminatum 'Night Mistress'.

Gerrit, when I see you images of the acuminatum forms, and 'Spine Tingler', I am reminded of the expression "so close, yet so far away", by that I mean, I'm so close to the epicenter of Epimediums (Garden Vision Epimediums nursery), yet the dramatic 'Night Mistress" was only offered for a short time in the Garden Vision Nursery, and very high price too, so I didn't buy it, which I now regret as it hasn't been available for years.  Same with 'Spine Tingler', which is still very high priced, so it is another that I do not have; a fascinating unnamed species. Visiting Garden Vision last weekend, I bought regular E. acuminatum, a replacement for the species that I lost a number of years ago. :)

Wim, glad you showed that link to a dramatic color break, a pure red and white bicolor Epimedium, truly something different, nice flower form too.  Thanks for sharing this blog link.  I took a peak at another month's entry of the same blog, check out the stunning Arisaema selections and Epimedium hybrids.  I supply the direct link (Japanese text) and a Bing-translated version.
http://sainohana.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/2012/04/index.html
...bing translation version:
http://www.microsofttranslator.com/BV.aspx?ref=IE8Activity&a=http%3A%2F%2Fsainohana.cocolog-nifty.com%2Fblog%2F2012%2F04%2Findex.html

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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I have so many Epimedium photos taken in the last few weeks, but barely enough time to show many of them.  I also want to show photos from my visit to Garden Vision Epimediums last weekend during an "open nursery weekened"; these are now held at Karen Perkins charming rural location in Templeton Massachusetts (central MA).  But, the next 2-1/2 weeks I'll be traveling a great deal, and will probably not have time to post much.  So, today I post a random pair of images, Epimedium x versicolor 'Strawberry Blush', one of the more recent Garden Vision introductions.

Side by side portraits of the delicate hued blooms, one in indirect light  and the other catching sunlight.  The flowers are a very soft shade of peach-pink, with a lemon cup, these colors only visible when lifting the flowers, from above the broad-rounded sepals are a soft moonlight yellow color.  The spring foliage is intense copper color.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Last week I had the opportunity to see Epimedium x versicolor 'Strawberry Blush' in real. It was a special experience. This an extraordinary cultivar. Relatively large flowers with no spikes with soft colours, especially lightened when hit by the sunlight. The name, strawberry, is a good choose. And not to forget the foliage, copper-like bronze, the same what we see in E.x versicolor 'Versicolor'.
This cultivar is not available in The Netherlands and will not. To bad, in a globalized world. There is, as in the past, an 'iron curtain' between North America and Europe.

Mark, I'm looking forward to your pictures, visiting GVE last week and your garden photos. There are not many people looking at, but be sure, on the other side of the ocean, some are waiting for it.

Beside, hopefully is your travelling for fun and not for work. ;D ;D

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A beautiful display: Epimedium grandiflorum 'Yellow Princess', Corydalis kashmiriana and Arisaema griffithii

Mark McD
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Gerrit, glad you showed Epimedium grandiflorum 'Yellow Princess', I was away for two days (my daughter's college graduation), and just got home tonight, and this very late-emerging-late-flowering alpine selection of E. grandiflorum was just opening its first flowers.  It is a good partner with E. grandiflorum 'Cranberry Sparkle', another late-emerging-late-flowering alpine selection with first flowers just showing upon my return home.  The latter has about the deepest red-violet flowers of any epimedium.   I post a photo taken at Garden Vision Nursery last week, where their plants are ahead of mine, and looking great in early bloom.  Notice that neighboring Epimedium are in full leafage, some finished flowering, and this one is just emerging and beginning to flower, adding a month extension to the Epimedium season.

Traveling... unfortunately it is all for work.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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McDonough wrote:

I was away for two days (my daughter's college graduation)

That's the good news. A very important event, congratulations, Mark. What 's she gonna do after this?

McDonough wrote:

Traveling... unfortunately it is all for work.

Okay, that's the bad news, but when you are alone in your hotelroom, with nothing to do, you may take your note book and watch the pages of our beautiful VRV-forum, particularly the Epimedium thread 2011 and maybe you will make an account and participate on the forum.

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