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I enjoyed Paul's thread with all his hosta photos, so I thought I'd post a few of my own and invite others to post their May hostas. May is such a great month for the hosta garden, with everything springing up new with early season color, no slug holes, and hopefully no other leaf damage. Everything's fresh and beautiful!
Here's a shot of my front walk garden in dappled morning sun. It's a young garden, in its second year. I'm waiting to see how much it fills out as hostas completely unfurl this season...so I can tuck more small hostas in between the existing ones. ;)
Those are looking great, Kayly. This is just the best time of year, when everything is new and pristine. Slugs got off to an early start and ate holes in a couple of mine, ruining their perfection...I tell you I can spot those holes from across the yard and it annoys me so much! But I'm on the hunt now and hopefully I'll stay ahead of them.
My garden is a wreck because I've got a couple projects going on, but here are some shots.
Spring Fling seems aptly named- it looks especially perky this time of year. This one stayed in this pot all winter and seems to have come through just fine.
My three big 'uns, Regal Splendor, Elegans, and Parhelion. All were the most damaged last year from the microburst and hail, but all seem to have recovered. RS looks like it might be a little smaller this year, but Parhelion and Elegans are bigger. The guy behind me cut down ALL the trees along our property line so these will all get more sun this year. I'm not thrilled about that- I will miss the privacy feel we had.
Nice pics above. Love Kaly's Sagae - one I don't have and won't have because I have such limited space.
Noreaster - does the 'Nancy' stay that yellow all season? How would you compare it to Fire Island? I bought Nancy for a friend with that name but she lost it. Just debating whether to buy one for myself and eventually giver her some.
Ann, I dont have Fire Island, so I can't compare. It is quite a bit brighter than all my other gold hosta at the moment. Also, its just the second season so I don't know about the color change- I believe its supposed to be a gold/ chartreuse hosta. In my shady garden it will probably go more to the green. It should have thick, shiny leaves and is a small, so I'm sure you would enjoy it in your garden.
'Designer Genes' is my really gold/chartreuse hosta and it does hold that color all season. Is 'Fire Island' a sport? Can't remember. Either way, I love the color of 'Designer Genes' with those screamin' yellow-green leaves and red petioles. I suppose that's why I liked 'Nancy' so much when I saw Noreaster's pic. That and the wavy leaves. I seem to have a thing for ruffles this year, since I've already acquired 'Elvis Lives,' 'Clovelly,' and 'Queen of the Seas.'
Yep, my 'Designer Genes' does appear more chartreuse.
My 'Paradise Island' should be arriving from Hallson's today along with 'Alex Summers,' 'Journey's End,' and 'Rainbow's End.' Now I'll need the rain to fizzle out this afternoon so I can get them planted. :)
Oh, wow I love looking at other folks gardens/plants. I planted more hosta yesterday and said I am done! Well, maybe just a couple more lol.
Kayly, you young garden looks very nice, you will see a big difference by next Spring. Remember the
bluegrassmom - I really am looking forward to next year, which is supposed to be the "leap" year for many of my hostas. Although I did plant newbies this year, too. And I expanded the bed. And will probably expand it yet again before long. Less grass, more hostas!
Leawood, I like any hosta that doesn't mind nestling up to a tree. Those look great. :)
Yes! Chris has certain hostas on sale most of the time. And there's always an early season sale--I think it's 20% off if you order in winter. Plus he throws in a bonus plant with your order. It was fun getting a surprise with my order.
I will absolutely buy from Hallson's again. The roots on the plants I got far surpassed anything I've ever found on a plant I picked up from a nursery. I had to dig VERY wide holes just to accommodate these extensive roots! And the hostas were incredibly healthy looking.
Oh, and Noreaster, that RS was new last year. It had, if I'm remembering correctly, 8 eyes, which I thought was quite a lot considering I only paid $8 for it. This year I counted 16 eyes as it was emerging! You've gotta love a hosta that doubles its size in the second year in your garden. :D
Kayly, it sounds like your RS is right on track along with mine. I don't remember how many mine were when I bought it, but I imagine there were about that many. The next year they seemed to double, and it seemed like the one after that it was pretty much it's full size. It just kind of fills out and gets more leaves, I think.
Regarding Hallson's, I know we all gush about that place but it really is tops, IMO. The times I've ordered I've always placed small orders- sometimes only one hosta, and always gotten a really nice bonus in return. I think his prices are good and get even better later in the season when he does a sale. Really a great value all the way around. I wish I wasn't out of room!!
Love those big hostas, Noreaster! 'Liberty' is a stunner. And your 'Thunderbolt' is what made me pick one up this year. It's still a little guy and has a long way to go before it's the eye catcher yours is.
I planted a grouping of large ruffled hostas ('Queen of the Seas,' 'Komodo Dragon' and 'Journey's End') in the same linear section of bed, surrounded by an eclectic bunch of small hostas. I hope the repetition of patterns lends some form (they are all different colors, at least) without being boring or without clashing. If I don't like them where they are in a couple of years I think these beasties are going to be tough to move, or that I won't want to move them and set them back.
I bought 25 dry root "Sum and Substance" starts in March, 2006. I started them in 1 gallon pots and then transplanted them to their current locations when they had a few leaves. Those in the background here and in the photo above are part of the original planting in May, 2006.
Leawood, I love that last pic you posted. Just beautiful!
Teresa, I took a division (maybe 2 or 3 eyes?) off my mature Sum and Substance two years ago. It's maybe a gallon size hosta now with 8-10 inch leaves. I admit to planting it beneath a competitive crab apple tree where it got stomped on by a passing dog that first summer. Otherwise, maybe it would be bigger now.
Two weeks ago I dug them up and moved them - one to an empty spot in the border, the other two to my new 'giants' shade garden. I was a little concerned about moving big plants mid-season, but as you can see, they are very happy to have the 'breathing room'. In the foreground you can see the new additions: "T.Rex", "Thunderbolt" and "Tokudama"
I have started some in my front gardens that I will take a picture of today. I am a bit under the weather and my boss made me promise that I would not go "digging" in the garden today. So I guess that I need to take pictures and wonder around.
I do love the hosta's. I don't have as many or kept up on the names, but, I still love them. I have planted many of my own little seedlings. They are so tiny. It will be exciting to see them grow.
There are so many, my budget is spent this year but hope to add a few next year.
Love all the pictures.
This picture is where I am going to plant more.