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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 16, 2011
2:12 PM

Post #8567454

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. ;)

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 16, 2011
2:13 PM

Post #8567461

Newly planted 'Blue Wedgwood'

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 16, 2011
2:44 PM

Post #8567525

'Designer Genes'

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 16, 2011
2:47 PM

Post #8567533

'June'

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 16, 2011
2:47 PM

Post #8567534

'Red Dragon'

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 16, 2011
2:48 PM

Post #8567535

'Regal Splendor'

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 16, 2011
2:49 PM

Post #8567537

'Sagae'

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 16, 2011
2:50 PM

Post #8567539

'Wolverine' looks great emerging.

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Rose1656
Oquawka, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 16, 2011
4:03 PM

Post #8567709

Very pretty! Isn't it nice seeing something besides snow? Your Sagae is gorgeous!

Rose
Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 16, 2011
4:55 PM

Post #8567802

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.

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Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 16, 2011
4:56 PM

Post #8567807

Aliyah's Grace, dug up for now because I was reworking my fountain area and didn't want to step out. This one is growing so well.

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Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 16, 2011
5:00 PM

Post #8567810

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.

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Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 16, 2011
5:01 PM

Post #8567814

This one was new last year and it is by far the brightest Spring color hosta I have. It's hosta 'Nancy'- also went from one or two to five eyes, so I hope that means it will keep growing well.

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 16, 2011
7:50 PM

Post #8568191

'Spring Fling' and 'Nancy' really caught my eye, Noreaster! And they're all lovely. I'm so glad to hear that your hostas are recovering from last year's storm. Nature is so resilient.

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

May 17, 2011
3:15 PM

Post #8569859

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.
Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 17, 2011
5:25 PM

Post #8570129

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.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 17, 2011
7:41 PM

Post #8570590

'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.'

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

May 17, 2011
8:32 PM

Post #8570713

'Designer Genes' is a 'Miss Susie' hybrid.

'Fire Island' is longipes f. hypoglauca x 'Crested Surf' and 'Paradise Island' (which I just bought) is a sport of 'Fire Island'.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 17, 2011
9:08 PM

Post #8570761

Well, there you have it, then! Thanks, Ann! I was too lazy (tired) to look it up. :)

Eleven

Eleven
Royal Oak, MI
(Zone 6a)

May 18, 2011
4:23 AM

Post #8570980

So far, my Fire Island looks more yellow than both Nancy and Designer Genes appear in those pics:

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ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

May 18, 2011
4:24 AM

Post #8570981

The My Hostas data base (www.myhostas.be) is very useful for that sort of thing. Easier to get to than my Hostapedia.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 18, 2011
6:50 AM

Post #8571187

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. :)

Eleven

Eleven
Royal Oak, MI
(Zone 6a)

May 18, 2011
7:09 AM

Post #8571233

Kayly, we're hosta twinsies! I got Alex Summers and Journey's End from Hallson's two years ago then got Paradise Island and Rainbow's end this spring! Here's my new Paradise Island:

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 18, 2011
10:50 AM

Post #8571698

We are twinsies! I think it goes to show we have great taste in hostas. ;)

My order just came. Chris does such a beautiful job. These hostas look gorgeous! Now I have to go get them planted. It's not raining anymore, so I hope the ground is not too soggy.
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 20, 2011
8:00 AM

Post #8575616

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
sleep
creep
leap

LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

May 20, 2011
11:06 AM

Post #8575868

A couple blue varieties with the old reliable, "Honey Bell" in my border.

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2011
11:35 AM

Post #8575917

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. :)

LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

May 20, 2011
6:41 PM

Post #8576625

Trees tend to suck all the water out of the soil around them, so hostas are not usually comfortable next to them. I water frequently.

KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 21, 2011
11:26 AM

Post #8577699

Here's my newly planted 'Paradise Island' from Hallson's. This was my first Hallson's order, but I am so incredibly impressed by the plants I received. Roots like crazy!

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 21, 2011
11:29 AM

Post #8577702

'Journey's End,' also from Hallson's. This one seems to be still coloring up.

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 21, 2011
11:31 AM

Post #8577708

'Rainbow's End' is also new from Hallson's

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 21, 2011
11:33 AM

Post #8577709

My bonus hosta from Hallson's, 'El Nino.'

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 21, 2011
11:34 AM

Post #8577714

People say 'El Nino' and 'Blue Ivory' are basically the same hosta. But I disagree. This is my 'Blue Ivory' in its second year.

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 21, 2011
11:36 AM

Post #8577720

This is 'Roy Klehm' in its second year. It's just starting to get subtle coloring.

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 21, 2011
11:39 AM

Post #8577727

'Regal Splendor' is starting to open up more now. I just love this hosta.

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LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

May 21, 2011
1:00 PM

Post #8577822

I like the vase-shaped habit!
Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 21, 2011
1:33 PM

Post #8577852

RS looks fabulous, Kayly! I bet that thing will look full grown by next year. Hallson's is great- I've been so pleased with everything I've ever gotten there.
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 21, 2011
2:03 PM

Post #8577901

hmm, I have heard good things about Hallson's. I have never ordered from them. Do they ever have sales?
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 21, 2011
2:29 PM

Post #8577942

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.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 21, 2011
2:30 PM

Post #8577943

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
Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 21, 2011
3:01 PM

Post #8577977

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!!
Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 21, 2011
6:09 PM

Post #8578280

Queen of the Seas and Liberty- Liberty is just getting prettier by the day!

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Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 21, 2011
6:19 PM

Post #8578301

Thunderbolt just getting going...should be a monster this year. Loyalist has big fat leaves this year and FINALLY didn't throw up a solid green eye.

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ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

May 21, 2011
6:27 PM

Post #8578318

Looks good!
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 21, 2011
7:06 PM

Post #8578405

Yes looks very good lol. I love that Queen of the Seas. Is that the one in the background?

Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 21, 2011
7:27 PM

Post #8578442

Thanks, ladies. Queen of the seas is the blue one up front in the first pic, and Liberty is the one in back with the yellow edge.
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 21, 2011
7:31 PM

Post #8578447

Well, that makes sense! Sea ...blue LOL

KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 21, 2011
8:42 PM

Post #8578563

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.

Eleven

Eleven
Royal Oak, MI
(Zone 6a)

May 21, 2011
9:21 PM

Post #8578618

Kayly, here's my Journey's End still unfurling and already sending up a bud!

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 21, 2011
9:42 PM

Post #8578644

Pretty! And an early bloomer, I see. ;)

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.

LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

May 30, 2011
6:37 AM

Post #8596347

"Sum and Substance" with "Guacamole" , "Blue Umbrellas" and a couple other varieties in the background.

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bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 31, 2011
4:25 AM

Post #8598625

Hi, Lea
Just wondering how long it took those hosta to grow to that size?
It seems like my Sum and S is taking its sweet time to get massive :( I have had mine about 3 yrs.
Teresa in KY

LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

May 31, 2011
4:30 AM

Post #8598630

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.

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Eleven

Eleven
Royal Oak, MI
(Zone 6a)

May 31, 2011
9:59 AM

Post #8599299

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.

LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

June 7, 2011
10:47 AM

Post #8615534

Several years ago I planted three "Bressingham Blue" Sieboldiana hostas in my border. They looked great and grew beautifully - so much so that by this spring they were almost crowded out of the bed.

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LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

June 7, 2011
10:56 AM

Post #8615559

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"

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LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

June 7, 2011
11:02 AM

Post #8615579

Here is the third "Bressingham Blue" at the back of the border - happy as a clam and filling a blank space.

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MyRee
Brigham City, UT
(Zone 5b)

June 8, 2011
8:29 AM

Post #8617684

Here are some of my hosta's, I just love them. My Grandson Tayson also.

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MyRee
Brigham City, UT
(Zone 5b)

June 8, 2011
8:31 AM

Post #8617691

along my north fence

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MyRee
Brigham City, UT
(Zone 5b)

June 8, 2011
8:34 AM

Post #8617701

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.

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LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

June 8, 2011
9:05 AM

Post #8617775

Your grandkids are so cute! The hostas are obviously happy too - I love the mix of hosta, fern and dicentra. Beautiful, MyRee!
MyRee
Brigham City, UT
(Zone 5b)

June 8, 2011
9:17 AM

Post #8617811

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.
Marie

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 8, 2011
12:34 PM

Post #8618233

Lovely hostas...and cute kids, too!

LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

June 15, 2011
6:01 AM

Post #8631583

'Halcyon' in the border.

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ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

June 15, 2011
7:27 AM

Post #8631695

Wow! Blooming already. My Halcyon will never bloom this early, but I am in a different zone. Very pretty.

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