Wider View of Epimedium Colony and Shredded Umbrella Plant - February 2024

Yesterday, I posted an update about the trio of Spine Tingler Epimedium that are planted near the large Catalpa tree in our backyard.  Those three are planted amongst some of the other Epimedium (Amber Queen) that we have had planted for a number of years.

At one time, I had five (5) Amber Queen Barrenwort/Epimedium - Here's a look in May 2021, when I planted two new ones to bring the total to five.   By the time I planted the Spine Tinglers last May (2023), there were just four Amber Queens left.  And that's what we're looking at today:  Four Amber Queen Epimedium and Three Spine Tingler Epimedium.  

Below is a wider view of this colony showing all eight plants:

Epimedium - Amber Queen and Spine Tingler are Slow to Get Established

I've amended some parts of the front and back beds with biosolids last Fall.  Looking at this section, I'm thinking that these could use a slow-release feeding via some biosolid topdressing and/or mulch.

I didn't manage to post about these, but I also added a pair of Shredded Umbrella Plants in amongst these Epimedium last year.  The story of these is that - last Summer - I watched this video that features garden designer (and Roy Diblik protégé) Austin Eischeid talk about his shade garden that he planted up at Northwind in Wisconsin and learned about this new (to me) plant:  the Shredded Umbrella Plant - Synelesis aconitifolia.  Austin talked about the Shredded Umbrella Plant as (at the 10:54 mark) and says that you can't find it anywhere but Northwind.  He goes on to talk about foliage gardening and how the Shredded Umbrella Plant has "Such a beautiful texture".   

I was at Northwind a few days later and you just know that I couldn't leave that place without grabbing three of them.  

Shredded Umbrella Plant - Synelesis aconitifolia

Here's a few more photos from last Summer showing the foliage on the Shredded Umbrella Plant:

Shredded Umbrella Plant - Synelesis aconitifolia

Shredded Umbrella Plant - Synelesis aconitifolia

Shredded Umbrella Plant - Synelesis aconitifolia

I planted these right in the middle of the Spine Tinglers, but they didn't do too well.  I'm hoping that they survived the transplant LONG ENOUGH to get established.  I'll be watching to see if they come back in this little groundcover colony this Spring.  


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