Wednesday, February 25, 2015

More Hats

One of the common names for Epimedium is Bishop's Hat. I don't actually know what a bishop's hat looks like, but I guess it kind of looks like an Epimedium flower.

Most of my Epimediums are just starting to put up stems from the ground that will become flowers. But this one (I don't know the name) is already flowering profusely. Epimedium is one of my favorite perennials for dry shade, but normally I don't cut them back till just about now. That becomes difficult when they've already sent up flower spikes, like this one has. The foliage looks tattered and spent, but the flowers are lovely and graceful.


16 comments:

  1. Nice, that's early! We'll be putting in more Epimediums in the garden as most are so reliable

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  2. Funnily enough, I was just looking at an epimedium in the garden five minutes ago. No flowers yet though, you are well ahead.

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  3. I wonder if they faint in the heat and humidity even in dry shade, here? The famous plant guy in NC shows them as hardy from zones 5b to 8b but we all know what that means. Your 8b is not my 8b.

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  4. I love epimediums. I definitely need to add more to my...er, my parents'...garden.

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  5. Wow! I was just thinking of cutting mine back. Better go look and see if I have any bloom spikes. Crazy early spring!

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  6. Ohhhhhhh, I just love them. And how nice to have one blooming so early! I have one that is just sending out the beginning of buds. You're right, if you don't cut back the foliage early enough, it's a real pain in the ass. My son did mine for me a couple days ago. :)

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  7. Lovely, mine are nowhere near ready to bloom. At least I don' t think they are,I will go and look tomorrow. I always leave cutting off the foliage until a bit too late and I end up cutting off flowers by mistake.

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  8. Wow, that is early. Such a lovely bloom. I hope to acquire a few this year :)

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  9. I love Epimediums. I planted some in my former garden but they held on there by a thread so I haven't even tried them in my current one.

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  10. We use epimediums in dry shade too. I got ours cut off a week ago, and noticed the flower spikes were just emerging from the soil.

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  11. Thanks for the reminder, I must go and cut my foliage back before the flowers emerge, yours is certainly early.

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  12. They are beautiful Alison. Such a nice treat for your later winter garden.

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  13. I guess all bets are off for this unusual year. Gotta keep going out there to see what's happening.

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  14. That's nice and early and a real cheery sight. I've fell fowl of leaving the foliage too long and end up snipping a fair few flowers of. I got ahead of myself and cut them all back last week I now hope I didn't do it too early.
    They are lovely plants aren't they.

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  15. That's nice and early and a real cheery sight. I've fell fowl of leaving the foliage too long and end up snipping a fair few flowers of. I got ahead of myself and cut them all back last week I now hope I didn't do it too early.
    They are lovely plants aren't they.

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  16. I absolutely adore these flowers...can't wait to see mine blooming too.

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