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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 3, 2011
3:06 PM

Post #8670154

A few months ago I purchase 2 Cameo Hostas from Michigan Bulb company. They were about half the price of most other mail order nurseries. When I received the Hostas they were severly dehydratred and had micro tape around the roots. I called the company, I said,'Why do I have dead Hostas with tape around the roots, where are the pots and dirt. Well the tape is to actually keep the roots from dyeing and the rest of the plant gets dehydrated. You soak them in water for 24 hours and then plant them. OK, ok.

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virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 3, 2011
3:07 PM

Post #8670156

This is me trying to revive the plants!

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 3, 2011
3:09 PM

Post #8670159

This is the plants four months later.

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 3, 2011
3:14 PM

Post #8670168

These are the Cameos in the front, this pic taken recently. (06-24-11)

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 3, 2011
3:21 PM

Post #8670184

I recently order ten plants from a Yahoo co-op. ( BnPCo-opBuying@yahoogroups.com )

I got ten liners at 3.00 a piece which cost me 30.00 then 12.65 for postage and 1.55 for pay-pal fee. total is 44.20.

1-Guacomole
1-Olive Bailey Langdon
2-Stained Glass
2-Great Expectations
2-Robert Frost
2-Little Aurora

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Paul2063
Pleasant Grove, UT

July 3, 2011
3:33 PM

Post #8670198

Great Expectations is one of my very favorite hosta. It is so beautiful even when it is young. It's fault is it isn't the fastest grower. I would suggest good morning sun, a little extra water, and frequent fertilization with a 1/2 strength liquid fertilizer. Here are two of mine that are about 10 years old.

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Paul2063
Pleasant Grove, UT

July 3, 2011
3:35 PM

Post #8670206

Detail of GE

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ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
3:49 PM

Post #8670227

Virginia - I've ordered lots of bare root hostas. #1 in importance is quick mail service so that they don't spend a lot of time in a hot warehouse.

Then, the ones I've received have usually had the totally bare roots wrapped in moist paper towel. Over that, a wrap of plastic wrap secured with tape or elastic bands, but keeping the foliage free. Finally, a cone of newspaper over the whole thing to protect the foliage and separate it from the next plant. They are generally packed into a box with styrofoam peanuts or shredded newspaper or the like to prevent a lot of shifting.

When I receive them, I generally hydrate them in glass jars for a day or so and then plant. The foliage should still be in good condition. I've never had one that didn't do well and the only one that has ever arrived in a pot with soil was a very, very tiny one - Country Mouse.

I think your supplier could and should find a better way of shipping them.

Ann
franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
3:54 PM

Post #8670241

Virginiarose, Did you get them all potted up? The roots in those liners grow like crazy and can push all of the dirt out. I have been pleasantly surprised on how fast some varieties of the liners I bought from the co-op last fall have grown this year. I was just out this morning taking pictures of some of them. I bought them last August and they were the same 1" plugs.

This pic is from when I had received them and got them potted up.

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franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
3:56 PM

Post #8670244

American Icon 2nd year liner

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franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
3:56 PM

Post #8670246

Ann Kulpa 2nd year liner

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franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
3:57 PM

Post #8670247

Cheatin' Heart 2nd year liner

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franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
3:57 PM

Post #8670250

Climax 2nd year liner

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franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
3:57 PM

Post #8670252

Dance With Me 2nd year liner

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franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
3:58 PM

Post #8670254

Dawns Early Light 2nd year liner

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franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
3:58 PM

Post #8670255

Dust Devil 2nd year liner

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franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
3:58 PM

Post #8670256

Fire Island 2nd year liner

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franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
3:59 PM

Post #8670257

First Frost 2nd year liner

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franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
3:59 PM

Post #8670258

Goober 2nd year liner

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franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
4:00 PM

Post #8670259

Green Mouse Ears 2nd year liner

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franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
4:00 PM

Post #8670261

Katie Q 2nd year liner

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franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
4:00 PM

Post #8670263

Masquerade 2nd year liner

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franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
4:01 PM

Post #8670264

Miss Ruby 2nd year liner

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franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
4:01 PM

Post #8670265

Monatana Aeuromarginata 2nd year liner

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franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
4:02 PM

Post #8670267

Pineapple Juice 2nd year liner

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franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
4:02 PM

Post #8670268

Spartan Arrow 2nd year liner

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franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
4:05 PM

Post #8670273

Summer Lovin' 2nd year liner. I have around eighty 2nd year liners and a half dozen new liners this year but I don't want to get too carried away posting pics of All My Children! I am getting ready to order another twenty minis and smalls. :) As you can see from my pics, many of these grow like gangbusters producing lots of eyes on just their second year.

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 3, 2011
4:54 PM

Post #8670355

Thanks Everybody, I found out how fast the roots shoot out, when I planted these little guys in my raised bed I have to replant a few that were not buried low enough, I could not believe how much the roots have grown in just two weeks. I planted all the little one's in the bed and only the bigger ones are still sitting in water. They really don't seem to mind. I could not go out there today, when I got off work it was 96 and all I could do was water the babies and go back in. Hopefully tomorrow, I will plant them in the ground, I already have a list of sizes so I will put the biggest ones in first at the back.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 3, 2011
4:57 PM

Post #8670363

Thanks Paul, I really love GE and even though I ordered 2 babies and will still keep my eyes open for a big one.
I am putting as many in the ground as possible so they will be in their spot and will not have to be moved.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 3, 2011
5:09 PM

Post #8670382

ViolaAnn, besides what you see they were wrapped in rolls of paper. I also got three from a seller on eBay and his were well wrapped in wet paper-towels , then saran wrap, then rolled in paper. I got Band of Gold, Dream Queen, and Cherish. I was very pleased with the Hostas I got this go around. But I had to do my homework first, because if they don't know how to pack the plants the whole thing is a waste.


Here is bed so far, I have another 7 coming from Country Boy's and they will go in here also.

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virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 3, 2011
5:25 PM

Post #8670402

Thanks for all the pics Frank and my choice for favorite mini is Masquerade 2nd year liner!

I was reading some of the email from the coop and they were talking about some new minis called Desert mouse and Lucky mouse. Have you ever heard of them??
franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
5:32 PM

Post #8670423

I saw them discussing those two mice but haven't seen or heard of them before. Naylor Creek recently had a collection of 10 different mice on the Hosta Library Auction for $90.00.

This is Blue Mouse Ears Supreme that I got through the co-op last fall for $20.00.

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 4, 2011
3:04 AM

Post #8670958

That's a nice Mouse Ear, I don't think I would ever pay 90.00 for a Hosta ( unless I bump my head) but I did see a new sport on Hallson's called 'North Wind' It is a sport of 'Second Wind' , I love the variegation and the way the leaves curl, I almost bought that for 30.00 but it was out-of-stock. Oh well !

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

July 4, 2011
5:38 AM

Post #8671096

A collection of 10 plants for $90 isn't a bad price at all. My 'Royal Mouse Ears' cost me $30 up here in Canada.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 4, 2011
10:48 AM

Post #8671704

OH, I didn't know it was a collection. I must have read it wrong, I thought they were biding on one plant. I'm sure the ten plants were worth it !
Rose1656
Oquawka, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 4, 2011
4:45 PM

Post #8672360

Virginiarose,

I have 'North Wind' and it turns a solid, dark green during the season. Very pretty in the spring, but still pretty through the season if you like the dark green, cupped leaves (which I do!).

Rose

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 4, 2011
5:13 PM

Post #8672452

Well thanks for the information Rose.


Susan

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 8, 2011
6:01 PM

Post #8681114

Today I received my order from 'Country Boy Gardens'. It took about one week to get the plants and I ordered 7 plants:
First Frost -2yr-3"pot----------6.00
Glory Hallelujah-2yr-3"pot----3.95
Krossa Regal -2yr-3"pot-----1.95
Lonesome Dove-2yr-3"pot--8.45
Patriot Hosta-3yr-4"pot-------2.95
Mount Tom 2yr-3"pot----------2.95
Touch of Class-2yr-3"pot----4.95
********************************31.20
shipping and handling--------12.95=) Flat Rate
order total 44.15

Box got wet but plants are all OK.

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50glee
Huntersville, NC

July 10, 2011
12:49 PM

Post #8684269

SMH Frank! I saw that mini collection and couldn't decide to buy. (We were out of town.)

And I've regretted that decision ever since:(
The Mouse Collection I saw was recent with 8 plants for $63. . .something like that.
But 10 for $90. is still GREAT!

I've been watching for a repeat . . .I can only hope.

and By The Way, Frank . . . I have dubbed you Sir Frank, the Enabler!
My non DG friends look very quizzical when I use that phrase! ^_^ LOL

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 15, 2011
3:18 AM

Post #8693402

Well, I received some beautiful plants from 'New Hampshire Hostas', just what I've been wanting. These are large Hostas that are ready to go into the ground and get big. I was very impressed with the size of the plants, they are extremely healthy and they were in 4.5 inch pots and very well packed. I bought ten hostas and got free shipping over fifty dollars and I got the order in four days. Prices were very reasonable especially considering the size, they are all three or four year plants. I am very happy. I will post pictures of all the plants on a different thread:

My new Hostas from 'New Hampshire Hostas'

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 15, 2011
9:33 PM

Post #8695169

I've heard bad things about Michigan Bulb Company, but it does look like you were able to revive the little guys you received. Personally, I prefer that they look healthy and not dried out straight out of the box. All your other plants look pretty nice, though!

I do think that if you end up ordering from Hallson you'll be very pleasantly surprised. I placed my first order from Chris this year and the plants I got have grown better than anything I've picked up from a nursery. The roots on the plants Chris sends are big and fat and go on forever--I had to dig really wide holes just to accommodate them! I know everyone is always raving about Hallson, but they do rave for a reason. :)

Also, Chris told me to ask about plants that are marked as "out of stock." Just send him an email. He said that he likes to err on the side of caution where his inventory is concerned and sometimes he does have plants but he marks them out of stock because supplies are very limited. So it never hurts to ask.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 16, 2011
2:22 AM

Post #8695286

Thanks KaylyRed, I did order from Hallson's, I forgot to mention it here because I had done a separate thread before I started this one. It was big, lots of pictures. I loved Hallson's as much as I love New Hampshire. I think between the two I will be able to get just what I want for now on. As for Michigan, I don't think so. It took me about six months to revive those hostas and It was a lot of babying involved. I really don't have time for that. Not when I can get big plants for a few dollars more. Thank goodness for Dave's Garden Watch Dog!

I will enter a paragraph about Hallson's and also Great Garden Plants. GGP was actually the worst and I didn't have a camera at the time. :(
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 16, 2011
9:40 AM

Post #8695799

I was going to thank you for the tip about New Hampshire. Looks like a great alternative if Hallson's doesn't have something I'm looking for. Have you tried Naylor Creek? I hear great things about them, too, but haven't ordered from them yet.
Paul2063
Pleasant Grove, UT

July 16, 2011
11:37 AM

Post #8696007

I've ordered from Naylor Creek before, was happy with my order, and will order from them again.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 16, 2011
2:18 PM

Post #8696206

I've heard good things about Naylor but have not tried them yet.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 16, 2011
2:29 PM

Post #8696225

HERE IS MY ORDER FROM HALLSON'S:

I got my order from Hallson's today only took 3or 4 days. These plants are so healthy and big plus they gave me a free plant as a gift. It was El Nino! I am so excited because these are so big and beautiful.
Plants I bought from Hallson's:
Loyalist
Golden Meadows
Tom Schmid
Fujibotan
Brother Stefan
Hosta Plantaginea
El Nino-bonus plant

See my thread called 'New plants from Hallson's' for more pictures.

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 16, 2011
2:43 PM

Post #8696248

They look dressed to impress, virginiarose! How many in your collection now? They seem to be adding up fast. :)

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 16, 2011
3:24 PM

Post #8696315

Some where around 60, can you believe that?
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 16, 2011
8:38 PM

Post #8696780

I've been a full on hostaholic for about 2.5 years and I only have around 70. You're on a roll! :)

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 17, 2011
2:12 AM

Post #8697067

WoooHoooo!

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 29, 2011
4:14 AM

Post #8722496

My new order is on the way it's from 'Hostas Direct', never bought from them before but they are a top dog company and had most of what was on my list. The three that were not are coming from 'Hallson's'. These are all mature divisions and sun resistant. :)
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 29, 2011
11:28 AM

Post #8723267

i have bought from them once and the plant was good.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 29, 2011
2:35 PM

Post #8723732

That's good to hear! Thanks!
hostages
Wyoming, MN

July 31, 2011
7:21 AM

Post #8727086

I have visited them several times. Very nice selection and great customer service.

Gary

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 31, 2011
3:28 PM

Post #8728119

Thanks Gary, They really do have a nice selection. I was surprised to find so many hostas that I had been wanting.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 2, 2011
6:22 AM

Post #8731672

I wanted to order a 'Orange Marmalade' from the 'Hosta Farm' but looks like they have a lot of bad reviews. :(
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 2, 2011
7:41 AM

Post #8731783

suprised no one else would have that available - it is one of my favorites
Paul2063
Pleasant Grove, UT

August 2, 2011
9:18 AM

Post #8731942

Naylor Creek carries Orange Marmalade
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

August 2, 2011
11:36 AM

Post #8732149

My 'Orange Marmalade' was a dog. Just wouldn't grow. I ended up giving it away to my mom. She's having slightly better luck with it, but it still looks pretty pitiful. OM seems to have mixed reviews as hostas go, but I've seen some very nice examples of it, too. It sure is a pretty hosta when it's growing well. Definitely worth trying, at least. :)
Paul2063
Pleasant Grove, UT

August 2, 2011
1:34 PM

Post #8732344

My Orange Marmalade isn't the fastest grower but I still love it.

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 2, 2011
4:50 PM

Post #8732744

OK, I will check out Naylor Creek, Sometimes these mail order companies are a little vague about the size of their plants. How big were the plants you got? I feel in love with Orange Marmalade after seeing yours (Paul). I would like to give it a shot like KaylyRed said, its worth a try, I really, really like it. The color is awesome.
hostages
Wyoming, MN

August 2, 2011
5:30 PM

Post #8732865

OM is a sport of Paul's Glory, which is an excellent hosta in it's own right and is very vigorous.

Gary

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 2, 2011
5:48 PM

Post #8732908

Paul's Glory is doing well in my bed as a sun tolerant plant. It gets about 1-2 hours of evening sun and is very happy, and growing fast. I was assuming if it is a sport of PG then It would do as well. He is in the same bed with Brother Stefan, Dragons eye, Tom Schmid, Liberty and a few others.

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Paul2063
Pleasant Grove, UT

August 3, 2011
2:19 AM

Post #8733635

I received my start of OM from Naylor Creek in 2008 so it is 3 years old in my garden. It came bare root. For me it is a moderate grower...not as fast as PG probably because it has less green . My OM gets some mid-day sun. The post above is earlier this summer. Now it is almost white.

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 3, 2011
2:29 AM

Post #8733638

Why is it almost white? Does it just do that as summer progresses or is it the sun? I like it! The plant definitely has personality.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 3, 2011
5:23 AM

Post #8733787

i have not had a problem with OM growth - picked up a one gallon at a local nursery several years ago and may split it next spring.
Paul2063
Pleasant Grove, UT

August 3, 2011
5:58 AM

Post #8733832

I think the amount of sunlight OM gets causes it to go white as the summer progresses. Mine gets quite a lot. PG's with more sun get much brighter.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 3, 2011
7:19 AM

Post #8733996

i agree paul

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 3, 2011
12:40 PM

Post #8734576

Thanks Paul, I did order an OM from Naylor Creek today. Altogether I got: 'Orange Marmalade'
'Snow Mouse'
'Captain Kirk'
'Hudson Bay'

I ordered them right before 10:00 because I had an appointment, when I got back I checked my email and at 2:10 I had an email from Naylor Creek saying they had been shipped !!!
Holy Cow, I have never had this kind of service before, unbelievable!!


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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 3, 2011
1:35 PM

Post #8734706

I received two very nice Hostas from a company on eBay called gardenbreezehostas. (=

'Blue Ivory' four year plant for 17.99
'Baby Blue Eyes' two year for 7.99
shipping & handling 7.99

total 33.97

Plants were shipped day after I paid and arrived three days later, Good job !!

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virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 3, 2011
1:37 PM

Post #8734713

'Baby Blue Eyes'

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 3, 2011
1:38 PM

Post #8734722

roots on Blue Ivory.

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 3, 2011
1:40 PM

Post #8734729

Bloom on 'Blue Ivory' :)

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

August 4, 2011
3:30 PM

Post #8737090

Looking good! I love my 'Blue Ivory.' Definitely one of my favorites.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 4, 2011
5:11 PM

Post #8737301

Thanks KaylyRed, do you think 'Blue Ivory' could handle maybe one hour and a half of afternoon sun? This plant is so beautiful, I really don't want to burn it. :>/

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 5, 2011
3:01 PM

Post #8739009

Well to my surprise I came home from work and I had both of my Hosta orders, from a week ago I ordered from 'Hostas Direct' and Wednesday when I was off I ordered from' Naylor Creek'. 'Naylor Creek' was amazing because I put in the order at 9:50 and went to run some errands and when I returned around 2:00 I had an email saying they had been shipped!!

Below is my order from 'Naylor Creek Nursery'

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 5, 2011
3:04 PM

Post #8739012

'Captain Kirk'

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 5, 2011
3:05 PM

Post #8739016

'Hudson Bay'

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 5, 2011
3:07 PM

Post #8739017

'Snow Mouse'

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 5, 2011
3:09 PM

Post #8739021

'Orange Marmalade'

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virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 5, 2011
3:12 PM

Post #8739025

Snow Mouse 18.00
Captain Kirk 10.00
Hudson Bay 25.00
Orange Marmalade 14.00

Shipping 10.00

Total --- 77.00

Order placed on 08-03-11 and order received 08-05-11

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 5, 2011
3:28 PM

Post #8739046

My order from 'Hostas Direct'

Nigrescens-mature division-----9.25
On stage starter hosta -----------11.73
Satisfaction advanced starter 13.45
Climax mature division ---------14.55
Jewel of the Nile mature division 16.95
Praying Hands mature division --14.55
Great Expectations starter hosta--FREE

Shipping -----------------------------------17.30
Total------------------------------------------97.78

Ordered on 7-27-11 and shipped 08-08-11 arrived 08-05-11--Good condition,still moist.

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virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 5, 2011
3:30 PM

Post #8739049

starter hostas

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virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 5, 2011
3:31 PM

Post #8739054

Mature divisions

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virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 5, 2011
3:33 PM

Post #8739058

Climax mature division.

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virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 5, 2011
3:35 PM

Post #8739060

Jewel of the Nile mature division.

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virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 5, 2011
3:37 PM

Post #8739067

nigrescens mature division

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

August 5, 2011
3:43 PM

Post #8739079

Has everyone been pleased with the Hosta Direct plants? I was tempted to order from them this year but ran out of budget.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 6, 2011
3:01 AM

Post #8739714

'Hallson's' and 'New Hampshire' seem to be more popular here on 'Hosta forum.' Besides me I know no one who has used' Hostas Direct'. But you can see my plants and my prices and they are just as good. Also' Naylor Creek' seems to be popular and to me they are just as good, all four companies are good, very good and its just a matter of inventory, go with who has what you want especially this time of year because inventories are kinda low.
franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 6, 2011
4:35 AM

Post #8739758

Here is the Garden Watchdog page for Hostas Direct.
http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/5616/

They have 48 positives, 3 neutrals and 0 negative feedback.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 6, 2011
4:52 AM

Post #8739769

That is a good track record.:)

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

August 6, 2011
7:50 AM

Post #8739920

Sounds like I'll have to work them into my budget next year. I haven't been ordering as many plants the last couple of years because it means I'd have to dig up old plants to install new ones. Not quite up to extending my gardening beds.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 6, 2011
8:34 AM

Post #8739968

It sure is a job, Don't know what I was thinking! LOL
I figure by the time I finish my Hosta bed a Hurricane will come along and tear it up! SMH
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 6, 2011
10:00 AM

Post #8740157

Hi everyone,
Even though there are nurseries that specialize in Hostas, I have had very good luck with Hostas (and everything else) from Bluestone. I always wait till they have their half-price clearance (sometime in May). Their selection of Hostas may not be as extensive as the "Hosta-exclusive" nurseries, but they still have a large selection and they are a DG Garden Watchdog Top Nursery.

BTW, their Customer Service is excellent and they will replace (no questions asked) any plant that you have a problem with...whether it doesn't look good, dies, doesn't do well...or whatever.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 6, 2011
10:13 AM

Post #8740179

Yes, I already have stuff in a shopping cart. They are next on my list, not only can you buy Hostas but Coneflowers,Clematis,bulbs,shrubs,grasses you name it! The only reason I didn't order from them this time is because they are not doing any more shipping till fall and I wanted certain Hostas before they ran out. I have picked out over 200.00 worth of plants and I could not decide what to delete! Hopefully by fall I can save up the money and get everything I want. :)
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

August 6, 2011
10:14 AM

Post #8740182

I have purchased some from BS. This year I got 'Frosted Mouse Ears', 'Fireworks' and 'Rainforest Sunrise'. Plus a 'Praying Hands' from a local nursery. Used to order so much from Shady Oaks but they're not around anymore. :(

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 6, 2011
10:59 AM

Post #8740257

I got two very nice 'Frosted Mouse Ears' from 'Countryboygardens.com' most of the plants I ordered were two or three dollars when they had the end of spring sale. There is a separate thread for Countryboygardens if you want to check out the plants. All together I got 31 plants from them, they are mostly liners but the packing is great and the plants are healthy.
I just bought Praying Hands but 'Rainforest Sunrise' is going to be on my next order!
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

August 6, 2011
11:55 AM

Post #8740365

Usually I'm a total sucker for the yellow Hostas because I have so much shade but 'Praying Hands' was so unusual. To keep it from blending in with all of my other "green" plants, I put it in front of a bigger yellow Hosta. I wish I could indulge in season-end sales but I'm having two big oaks taken out next week (they drop tons of acorns on our vehicles and are really too close to the house - otherwise I wouldn't even think of it) which is going to create my first mostly-sun bed and I'll be rescuing some of the part-shade lovers and finding new homes for them. Don't have a clue where I'm going to squeeze them in yet.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 6, 2011
12:35 PM

Post #8740413

Yes the praying hands is very unusual, Putting in front of something yellow is a good idea. You can show it off better. I think I will put mine near the front door, I have a bed there and it's just morning sun. I know it's expensive to have trees cut down. I don't really have a lot of shade and most of my hostas are sun tolerant. You will have a lot of fun creating a sun bed. I did one in the spring and bought a bunch of coneflowers, lantana, daylillies, bee balm, rubeckia, dahlia and I threw in a few tomato plants, big mistake, next thing I knew they were eight feet long and choking my other plants plus I was not getting any tomatoes, the birds were. So yesterday I yanked them up. :) My perennial bed is flowers again not a jungle!

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

August 6, 2011
1:17 PM

Post #8740481

'Praying Hands' does very well in a pot where it can be seen. Or in an exposed bed. I have mine in a narrow bed between two walkways between my house and my neighbour's.

Did you mean THIS Shady Oaks - http://www.shadyoaks.com/GeneratedItems/Pages/Contactus.html ?
The web site seems live. If they aren't around any more, what happened?

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 6, 2011
1:38 PM

Post #8740523

Maybe they changed servers. 'Countryboy's' did that.

ViolaAnn, you said it does good in a pot and that is a very good idea. What do you mean by exposed bed. I remember seeing yours somewhere, it was yours that made me want one. :)
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 6, 2011
2:01 PM

Post #8740568

I find myself falling in love with varieties only to realize they're huge and wouldn't fit anywhere in my beds. So now one of the first things I do is look at the size.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 6, 2011
2:47 PM

Post #8740637

You can still have your favourite varieties just divide them every year or two and it will keep them from spreading. Also keep in mind it takes four or five years for them to get full size, sometimes longer. But if they do get too big too fast just dig and divide. Give half to a friend. I love the big Hostas and I have things in my bed that should not be there but I figure three or four years from now then I will worry about it. :)

http://www.gardenguides.com/127398-keep-hostas-spreading.html
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 6, 2011
3:13 PM

Post #8740664

Thats something to think about. Thanks for the info and that great link, virginiarose. Maybe I'll try one or two of the bigger varieties and see how it goes.

I know they're not that difficult to divide. In fact I bought two quart-size plants on clearance about 3 years ago at a local nursery. It was almost the end of the season and they were kind of pot bound, but I really liked the colors so I picked two that had the beginnings of multiple plants and bought those. I divided each one into three plants and planted all 6 of them. They took off right away and thrived.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 6, 2011
3:46 PM

Post #8740698

Well, you really got a good deal on those plants!
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

August 6, 2011
4:33 PM

Post #8740770

[quote="virginiarose"]Thanks KaylyRed, do you think 'Blue Ivory' could handle maybe one hour and a half of afternoon sun? This plant is so beautiful, I really don't want to burn it. :>/[/quote]

Mine is in primarily shade, so I really don't know. I would think it would keep its blue color best in shade, since blue hostas have a waxy coating that melts off in the sun, rendering the hosta more green than blue. (That has happened to my 'Blue Wedgwood,' which I'm going to have to move.)

Also, 'Blue Ivory' tends to get speckling in the white margins during the heat of summer--not sure if more heat might increase the level of speckling. I don't personally mind it.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 6, 2011
4:54 PM

Post #8740802

OK, thanks for telling me that, I will keep an eye on it. I think a little speckling is ok too.
Paul2063
Pleasant Grove, UT

August 6, 2011
6:51 PM

Post #8740911

My Blue Ivory get some after noon-evening sun. Your probably tired of seeing it but here it is.

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

August 6, 2011
7:48 PM

Post #8741013

Shady Oaks went wholesale only several years ago. They were a great source for shade-loving plants 15 years ago when they were hard to find here in the midwest.
I made a big mistake with 'Parhelion'. Knew it would get big but it got way too huge and fast! Had to split it and move it. Huge yellow/chartreuse leaves with a narrow white rim.

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

August 6, 2011
8:05 PM

Post #8741044

virginiarose - I have a very narrow bed between my sidewalk and that of my next door neighbour. In this pic, you are looking at the neighbour's sidewalk. I have that bed filled with more hostas all the time as I gradually dig out the vinca and primroses that have been there. That's where 'Praying Hands' is.

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virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 7, 2011
4:50 AM

Post #8741384

ViolaAnn, That is so beautiful, is that a Blue Ivory in background? That is beautiful too. :)

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Paul, I never get tired of seeing Blue Ivory, mine is getting just a little late evening sun and I heard it is not the strong sun, it happens when the sun is going down. I think it will be ok but I will keep an eye on it and I am watering more.

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ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2011
5:42 AM

Post #8741451

virginiarose - that's a 'High Society' in the background.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 7, 2011
6:56 AM

Post #8741567

Oh! Very nice, I think I will add that one to my list, It's beautiful. :)
franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2011
7:06 AM

Post #8741600

We paid $5.50 for 2nd year Hudson Bay through the BnP co-op. I bought three and will plant them together as a clump.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 7, 2011
7:32 AM

Post #8741655

I know but I have enough liners and I wanted some big plants to put in ground this year. Hudson Bay was not even on my list! I just saw it and said, 'thats for me.' However I do like the idea of buying three and planting them together. Could you put three different ones together if you wanted to? How a bout Praying Hands, If I put that in a pot by itself it is going to look weird, its so tall and skinny. What could I plant along with it to make it look more filled in?
franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2011
7:46 AM

Post #8741674

The problem with planting different varieties together is that the stronger and faster grower will eventually choke out the slower one and kill it.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2011
8:03 AM

Post #8741701

Ooh. . .Very pretty Paul and ViolaAnn!! More to add to my list. Praying hands is very unique...I love it!

The colors of 'High Society' look almost like a reversal of 'Blue Ivory'. They'd probably look beautiful together in the same bed.

Any of you in colder zones that grow Hosta in pots? Do they need to be moved into a garage or such in the winter? I've read if plants will grow two zones below yours that they can stay outside. . .I'm in Zone 5.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 7, 2011
8:22 AM

Post #8741726

There are a lot of Hostas in zone 5. They don't do well in warmer climates. They have to have a cold spell so leave them in the ground, they will come back. You are right about the High Society, I think they would look great in the same bed, I'm going to work on that one, after I buy it I mean. :)

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OK Frank, I will can that Idea. :( I was looking at ViolaAnn's and I was thinking I could just plant it behind some shorter hostas in the bed. Or plant it in a big pot with some flowers (shade-flowers) around it. What do you think?
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2011
8:27 AM

Post #8741733

I was just looking at two varieties in Bluestone's catalog from last Spring that interested me. One I was able to find on their website. They don't have the other one right now, but I found it on Plant Files.

The first was American Hosta Growers Hosta of the year for 2010...'First Frost'.

The second is called 'Little Jay' and it's a miniature.

http://www.bluestoneperennials.com/b/bp/hoff.html (click on the "wide view" of this one and it fills the monitor)

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/121843/

Have any of you grown either of these? Any opinions?
franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2011
8:43 AM

Post #8741750

Alot of people plant minis in dish gardens, planters and whiskey barrels. They keep the different varieties of hostas seperated.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 7, 2011
10:09 AM

Post #8741926

Looks like my cameos are dyeing, I'm tired of babying these plants. I have a whiskey barrel I was going to fill it up today now that I have enough dirt. I don't have room to add my Snow Mouse to the other pot. I did plant my Praying hands by itself and I put a few Inpatients around it, just to fill in a little. (I will keep them separated)
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I have had my eye on 'Little Treasure' for a while now, its a sport of 'Little Jay'. I actually have a 'First Frost' it is just a one year liner but it is doing well. :)
Here is 'Little Treasure' nice mini looks similar to Little Jay.

http://www.nhhostas.com/store/c/59-Hostas-H-P.html?pi=5

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

August 7, 2011
11:27 AM

Post #8742090

Personally, I think 'Praying Hands' would look very cool in a tall narrow pot, a more contemporary or Asian look, especially as it grows larger. Would be great to fit into a small space, much like Viola did.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 7, 2011
11:41 AM

Post #8742114

Yea, I know. I will fit him somewhere before winter. At least he is planted and I like to start off in pots because you can move them around and find out which area suits them best.
I did that with 'Golden Meadows' and had to move it four times before I could find a place where she would be happy!

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2011
3:28 PM

Post #8742706

Sandy (Sanannie though I haven't seen her here this year) gave me a 'Little Jay' a year ago early July. It came back this spring - very late and just barely and then just disappeared. She more recently gave me a 'Little Treasure' which seems to be a whole lot hardier than 'Little Jay' was.

I would put something trailing such as a sweet potato vine in the pot with 'Praying Hands'. BTW, my 'Praying Hands' is blooming for the first time in the 5 or so years I've had it and the bloom is little - lower than the height of the leaves and very spidery.

'High Society' is related to 'Remember Me', 'June', 'First Frost' - all in the 'Halcyon' family.

'June', 'Blue Ivory', 'First Frost', 'Paradise Joyce' are all sports of 'Halcyon'. 'High Society', 'Ripple Effect', 'Stand by Me', 'Touch of Class' are all sports of 'June' and I've seen 'Remember Me' listed as both a sport and a seedling of 'June'. Anyway, I find that 'High Society' and 'Remember Me' both emerge with gold centres and look a lot alike. HS is, for me, a better grower and seems to go whiter. My 'First Frost' has the same golden margin when it emerges, but it fades although mine is still very creamy this year - more yellow than white. My 'Blue Ivory' emerges with white margins and retains them, never going through the yellow stage. But they are all related and for me at least, the whole family seems to be fairly resistant to slug/earwig damage.

Ann

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2011
3:29 PM

Post #8742709

Here's my blooming PH.

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ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2011
3:30 PM

Post #8742716

'High Society' on its own.

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2011
3:31 PM

Post #8742721

'Remember Me' for comparison. Both pics taken a few days ago.

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2011
3:32 PM

Post #8742729

'Blue Ivory' - still an infant - new last year

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ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2011
3:33 PM

Post #8742735

And 'First Frost' still showing some yellow in the margin. And lots of leaves falling from my neighbour's Linden tree over the fence.

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2011
3:35 PM

Post #8742747

The only other one of the plants I mentioned above that I have is 'Ripple Effect'. It was new last year. This pic was taken last week rather than a few days ago. Just shows the plant better than the more recent pic.

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2011
3:38 PM

Post #8742760

I'll take that back, I do have 'June' in two places. One, my original plant, is on the east side of my house and gets morning sun. The other, a division taken 2 years ago, is on the west side of my house which is also close to my neighbour - only about 6 feet between garage walls. It gets far less sun and is noticeably different in colour.

This is 'June' east of my house.

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2011
3:39 PM

Post #8742766

And west of my house. Both pics (like most of those above) taken on Aug. 3.

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

August 7, 2011
3:51 PM

Post #8742798

Has anyone experienced all-green leaves on 'June'? Some of my divisions of my original plant have almost half all-green leaves.
(sorry - totally off the mail order topic but I saw 'June' mentioned so thought I'd ask)

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2011
4:11 PM

Post #8742837

I haven't, but if those leaves are totally green, I think I'd divide them out. They are likely to grow fast than the normal 'June' leaves and eventually crowd them out.

And yes, I guess we've gotten totally off the original topic of this thread. My apologies for helping to do that.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 7, 2011
5:17 PM

Post #8742994

I think June (east) and June (west) are both beautiful. It amazes me how different the same plant can look with different amounts of light. :)
Remember me is more yellow and High Society is more white. I like them both a lot.
I will find something trailing for PH, thanks for the advice!
hostages
Wyoming, MN

August 8, 2011
11:08 AM

Post #8744453

CindyM

Hostas direct has become my favorite local hosta site. They used to have a retail site which was so much fun to browse through. They closed the retail site this year so I will have to mail order from them now. Very good people to deal with, highly recommend them.

Gary
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

August 8, 2011
11:41 AM

Post #8744494

Gary - Thanks for that info. I did do a bit of browsing on their site last winter but didn't indulge.
adchix
Ponce de Leon, FL

August 11, 2011
2:24 PM

Post #8750754

hostages -- I just had a look at hostas direct -- WOW! Anyway, everything I loved was out of stock or not for sale! :(

irawon
Ottawa
Canada

August 25, 2011
10:36 AM

Post #8776238

Nutsabout Nature - I checked out this thread this morning and noticed your question about 'Little Jay'. Here's the picture I took for you. I bought LJ in 2009 and put him straight into the ground before I knew any better. He gets late afternoon sun and has been a slow grower. Next spring I'm going to move him to 'Cameo's spot because everything seems to thrive there. I'll post a picture of 'Cameo' next.

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irawon
Ottawa
Canada

August 25, 2011
10:41 AM

Post #8776245

'Cameo' wasn't growing well until I divided it and moved it to its present location. I now have 6 plants.

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

September 18, 2011
4:48 PM

Post #8813892

Got an email from 'Hostas Direct' they are having a huge sale and are getting rid of all mature divisions! These plants have multi eyes and are 12 years old, on sale for 4.50!!

MANY new deals added 9-18-11
to our ongoing sale!
We will start shipping 9-19-11
Autumn is a great time to plant!
Fall BLOW OUT Sale!

Mature Divisions of 8 famous hostas!
$3.95 for large, multi eyed root systems.
NOTE: The foliage will be cut off and in some cases a knife used to divide the roots - more than 1 eye per ordered plant. These 12 year old plants have large roots and rhizomes and are so big they are difficult to divide and ship using our normal methods!

I bought seven of these mature divisions:

1-September Sun
2-Sagae
2-Fragrant Bouquet
2-Regal Splendor
1-Sun Power
1-Elegans
1-Lunar Orbit

Also picked up a couple of other things:
Christmas Pageant (advanced starter)
Eternal Flame ( " )
Paradigm ( " )
Rainforest Sunrise(starter Hosta)
Atlantis ( " )
2-Fire Island-AS
Summer Breeze-starter
Paradise Island-AS

http://www.hostasdirect.com/hostas-for-sale

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

September 28, 2011
4:59 PM

Post #8828404

These are some starters.

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

September 28, 2011
5:00 PM

Post #8828407

These are some of the advanced starters.

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

September 28, 2011
5:01 PM

Post #8828409

Some Mature Divisions.

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

September 28, 2011
5:04 PM

Post #8828412

More Mature Divisions.

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bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

September 29, 2011
2:20 AM

Post #8828774

Virginiarose,
You had been busy this year with you collection.How many cultivars do you have now?

Bellie

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

September 29, 2011
5:04 AM

Post #8828860

You are right, I have been very busy and I have around 107 plants and 79 different cultivars. Can't wait to get these in the ground, I know they will be spectacular next year. I should have a lot of 'Kodak Moments' , whoohoo!
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

September 29, 2011
5:07 AM

Post #8828866

You are on your way and there are more cultivars coming out every year. How big is your lot? Ours is barely .5 acres that is why most of my collection are in pots.

Belle

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

September 29, 2011
7:03 AM

Post #8828996

I'm not sure, I consider it small but it is on a corner lot which gives me a lot more options. I was thinking I could get at least 50 under the Birch trees till I tried to sink a shovel and reality hit me. OMG talk about roots!! I was almost in tears and I had to regroup. The front of the house is only morning sun and most of my Hostas are sun tolerant. So even if it is five hours of morning sun it should be ok. I am in process of reworking the front flower beds to make room for Hostas and I am expanding outward about two feet, dosn't sound like much but the beds are wide and I am figuring an extra 50 square feet, would certainly help and if my back holds out I will dig out some more grass on side of house. One thing that makes it seem like I have more land than I do is the fact that there are no side-walks out here. My plants go all the way out to the curb and like others they go undisturbed by the city. (see the baby Grand Tiaras I have for a border there are 7)

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virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

September 29, 2011
10:45 AM

Post #8829282

More Advanced Starters.

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bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

September 30, 2011
3:55 PM

Post #8830869

I had been very lucky to be able to hire some one to help me. I can not possibly do everything in the garden. I have few line up if i need help.this is the only way I am able to do the things I enjoy most.

My garden is packed on all the sides but we still have big lawn with zoysia which I am not allowed to extend my beds anymore. LOL!!!

This is not about hosta--- I am very upset today because someone vandalized hole # 1 which is par 5. Someone rode a riding mower and ruin the green on 2 holes. They went through the backyard of a member and I hope the vandals gets caught !!!. Our turf manager works hard to keep the grass in top shape!!!

Belle

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

September 30, 2011
5:33 PM

Post #8830959

I would love to have some zoysia, anything except Bermuda, yuck!! If you had Bermuda you to would look for reasons to dig it up too. :(
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

October 1, 2011
3:14 AM

Post #8831317

It is a lot or work to get rid of bermuda grass. We had fescue when we bought this house but it is always getting fungus so we decided to invest on zoysia and so far we like it. It is drought resistant but it turns brown during winter.

We had given away tons of it and if you want some you are welcome to get some but you have to dig.

Belle.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

October 1, 2011
3:38 AM

Post #8831323

The zoysia or the fescue? I have a lot of stuff to get planted before winter. I am working on planting the last twenty I bought (hostas). I had to make a little room first. The tree roots are so bad on South side of house I decided to plant these in the front. Yesterday I moved three shrubs and dug twelve holes, by then it was dark and I had to get inside. The Mosquitoes were crazy. :((
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

October 1, 2011
4:30 AM

Post #8831347

You can have Zoysia free as long as you dig them. all the fescue are gone it got choked by the zoysia.

Mosquitoes are awful this year so i use mosquito cols when i am potting. i found them at the dollar store for $1.00 for 4 coils. They are very pricey at the other stores.

Do you like digging and planting trees and shrubs?

Happy gardening!!!

Belle

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

October 1, 2011
5:33 AM

Post #8831391

Thanks bellieg! I would love some Zoysia and I really need some to choke out this Bermuda nightmare!
Yes, I like planting trees and shrubs. It is hard work but is probably the most rewarding thing I do at this point. The sense of accomplishment is unbelievable. I am addicted to all gardening but my primary love is for the Hostas. :)

Thanks for the tip about the cols, I will see if I can fine some of them. I have been spraying myself with repellent and it makes me cringe because I know its pesticide and I can't wait to wash it off. :(

Happy gardening to you also,

Susan
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

October 3, 2011
3:46 AM

Post #8833829

Susan,
You can have all the zoysia you want. We have few friends that wants some but had not seen them yet. You know they spread.

Regarding the mosquito coil If you can not find them I can get some if they still have it.

Gardening is very rewarding for me too but sometimes I have very limited time. i like to garden with some help and had really worked well for me. there are tons of people looking for extra $.

Take care--- Bellie

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

October 3, 2011
4:14 PM

Post #8834735

Sounds good bellieg, I'll be in touch. Thank you very much!
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

October 8, 2011
10:45 AM

Post #8840817

The thing that has worked amazingly well for me with mosquitoes is Thermacell. It's a little device that works with a small butane cartridge and a pad of repellent. The unit costs about $20 and comes with a butane cartridge and a couple of the pads. The repellent pads last about 4 hours, and I think the butane lasts about 12.

Replacing the pads and butane can be somewhat expensive (I think it was around $15, maybe more, for 3 more pads and a replacement butane cartridge), but I've found that the stuff WORKS, so it's worth it. I've worked outside until sundown with my ThermaCell running beside me and didn't get bitten by a single mosquito until after the pad ran out of oomph, which is when they swarmed me and I went inside.

There are a couple of caveats--these things work best where the wind is relatively calm. (If there's a slight breeze, you just put it upwind of wherever you are.) It also helps to put the Thermacell out about 10 minutes before you actually move to your location, and then it'll handle about a 10 foot radius. (I think the packaging says 15', but in my experience if you get too far away the bugs will find you.)

Here's what it looks like: http://www.amazon.com/ThermaCELL-MR-G-Cordless-Repellent-Appliance/dp/B0031ESIVK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1318095862&sr=8-2
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

October 8, 2011
10:49 AM

Post #8840819

I should also mention that our mosquito season wasn't as bad this year as it often is in Wisconsin. If the skeeters were particularly thick, I'd think of giving the Thermacell a helping hand by applying a little bug spray.

Anyhow, for the money, I think it works. I know the big appliances like the Mosquito Magnet work, but I don't have $1200 to throw around. :P

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

October 8, 2011
2:25 PM

Post #8841011

Thank you KaylyRed, I have bookmarked the page and I will definitely get one. This year has been really bad for us because a new kind of mosquitoes showed up and the spray didn't work on them. I live in the city and when I say spray, I mean the kind the mosquitoe truck sprays out when he goes up and down the streets. There is a new mosquitoe called Asian and we are use to the Tiger mosquitoes. Anyway my spray works good but I don't always like spraying pesticide on my skin, it just goes against me.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

November 2, 2011
4:54 PM

Post #8873745

Hey everybody, I could not resist the autumn sale at 33% off plus free shipping, I got five Hostas that were on my wish list and I couldn't be happier.

Inniswood ---- 12.95
Roy Klehm -- 14.95
Dick Ward ----13.95
Lakeside contender-10.95
Maui Buttercups---11.95
subtotal----------------64.75
shipping----------------11.35
Discount 33%+free ship[ing over $50.
- 32.72
tax----------------------------0
total-------------------------43.38

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virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

November 2, 2011
4:55 PM

Post #8873750

Inniswood, nicely packed. Hardly any dirt missing and very good roots.

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virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

November 2, 2011
5:00 PM

Post #8873757

Lakeside Contender

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virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

November 2, 2011
5:02 PM

Post #8873762

Nice Roots.

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virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

November 2, 2011
5:40 PM

Post #8873804

My first order with Bluestone Perennials. Ordered on 10-31-2011 and received on 11-02-2011. Good job!

8-tulip bulbs 'Pretty Woman' --- 2.97
Hosta 'Gold Standard' ------------7.95
Hosta 'Great Expectations ------7.95
Liatris 'Spicata Kobold' ------------8.95

total -------------------------------------27.82
shipping-----------------------------------9.95
order total ------------------------------37.77

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virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

November 2, 2011
5:44 PM

Post #8873813

Great packing, nice cardboard pot holder. Think I will save it.

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

November 2, 2011
5:48 PM

Post #8873819

Coconut fiber pots.

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

November 2, 2011
5:49 PM

Post #8873822

Roots.

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

November 8, 2011
5:25 AM

Post #8881249

Quite some nice hauls there for little cash, VirginiaRose!

I bought 'Roy Klehm' last year as a single eye and this year it hadn't multiplied much but it's a VERY attractive hosta. I'm definitely a fan. And I love 'Maui Buttercups,' too. (If you haven't already, you should consider getting its relatives--'Rainforest Sunrise' and 'Tropical Storm.')

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

November 8, 2011
7:16 PM

Post #8882309

Thanks KaylyRed, as a matter of fact I did get Rainforest a couple of months ago, just a liner but nice and I really do like Tropical Storm as well, I'm pretty sure it is on my ever-growing list.
pointgarden
Newport, RI

December 6, 2011
5:26 AM

Post #8918379

I always believe you get the best quality plants from local independent garden centers,although you may need to use mail order to find unusual cultavars.That being said look for small independent growers for the best quality,you may spend a little more but you get what you pay for.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 6, 2011
4:06 PM

Post #8919152

[quote="CindyMzone5"]Has everyone been pleased with the Hosta Direct plants? I was tempted to order from them this year but ran out of budget.[/quote]

I've ordered from them - was pleased with my order.

as for New Hampshire Hostas -- I think BEV orders from them quite a bit...

virginiarose... i got thru about half of this thread -- before i just started scrolling -- Holy Cow do you have a collection going. All just this year??

I think the 'bug' bit me in early 07, and i'm probably close to 100 named. I dont even wanna think about how much I've spent -- but i do pretty good with sales .

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

December 6, 2011
4:44 PM

Post #8919181

Yes, I certainly am a Hostaholic and loving it. I ordered a lot of hostas from Hosta Direst and they were great. :) Also New Hampshire were very, very good.
At the end of the season Hosta Direst sold their mature divisions for about 3.99 a piece and most had around 6 eyes. I bought as many as I could maybe 8 or ten, don't remember, but when they start coming up, its picture time!!
susan

Also would like to mention my great experiences with Hallson's and Country Boy's. :)

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

April 7, 2012
4:47 PM

Post #9073435

I got my order from New Hampshire Hosta and my goodness what happened to these people? Last year was big plants and neat packing, this year dirt everywhere and small plants. I ordered Fire and Ice in a three inch pot for 12.95 and got a plug and a pot full of dirt.

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tcs1366

tcs1366
Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2012
6:46 PM

Post #9073538

Susan -- I've never ordered fro them before, so i can't compare.

I'm trying to find my fire and ice from what i first got mine from Foxfire Gardens... it was tiny too. slow grower but very nice plant once it gets going.

I'll have to check my other computer to see if i can find the image.

I got a plant last year ... i was not pleased with the way it was packed... it was a 3" square pot, not packing peanuts, no paper; just a pot in a box. I was very surprised just due to who it came from. Plant was undamaged, but there was no care in packaging.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

April 8, 2012
1:41 AM

Post #9073717

I felt like it was like night and day, I got such big plants last year and great packing. This year the plants were a mess and Fire and Ice was smaller than the plugs I got. SMH, Also they canceled' Midnight at the Oasis' and did not tell me ahead of time, that was the purpose of the order. I just picked out a few other things so I could get the free shipping. I received no shipping confirmation and did not know the box was coming. I got home from work and had a big mess on my hands, also I was out of potting soil and they needed to be re-potted.
I emailed NHH and gave them a small lecture about courtesy, also I requested a refund for Fire and Ice and told them I would throw it into the trash and that I did not want to deal with them anymore.
Oh, would you like to see the bare roots I planted at the end of feb,2012 from a coop at ATP called T&T, ahhhhh now this is a good Fire and Ice, picture taken one month after planting.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 8, 2012
2:45 AM

Post #9073728

Thanks for the tip on NHH.Did you give them a rating in Garden Watchdog?

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

April 8, 2012
3:07 AM

Post #9073738

No, they don't have any negative ratings and I did not want to be the bad guy, so I email them first and give them a chance to make things right. :) We shall see, a negative rating may come later but so far I have said nothing.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 8, 2012
4:51 AM

Post #9073780

It is really helpful for non members who can use GW and PF without being a member. I know of a few people who use the site to check when they are ordering plants.

Negatives can be changed too .Maybe a neutral in as mich as you talked to NHH.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 8, 2012
6:29 AM

Post #9073899

I found my F&I , and though it was small, it's still larger than your.
~~ this was first day in the ground.

IMHO -- even good companies have "bad days" - maybe some new employees...

I certainly hope they do right by you.

DH always says... A customer has a good experience, they may tell 1 person.
A customer has a bad experience, they tell 10 people.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 8, 2012
7:14 AM

Post #9073965

How true!!

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

April 8, 2012
5:52 PM

Post #9074660

Very true!! That is a good idea about the neutral rating, you can always change it later. :)

Terese, Beautiful F&I , I love this Hosta.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

April 10, 2012
5:14 AM

Post #9076651

My plants have perked up quite a bit, I am suprised at how much 'Eternal Flame' looks like 'Fire and Ice.'
The F&I is actually smaller than the plugs I planted in 3 inch pots. I sent NHH some pictures and asked ' What happened to you guys??'

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 10, 2012
6:39 AM

Post #9076763

Good reply to NHH.Sometimes stuff happens. No sense going off like a rocket at them.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2012
1:30 AM

Post #9077969

Really! Anyway, got an email from Richard Merritt at NHH, he said he was sorry for not notifying me but it was late when they found out and it was just easier to issue a refund to everybody. He issued a full refund, I only asked for a refund on Fire and Ice. He said I was the only one with a problem, but he did admit he changed the packing method and that FedEx must have had a problem, plus they did not send out a shipping confirmation.
Anyway, everyone else thanked him for nice plants and great packing, so I guess I am the bad guy anyway, it was not about money and I do not feel better after the refund. I deleted him. :(
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

April 11, 2012
1:53 AM

Post #9077975

That was nice of them to give you a full refund!! Oder more and spend the whole amount.

I am repotting 90 % of my over 500 pots. Wish you could come and visit. I have tons of variegated solomon seal to gave you.

Belle

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2012
3:45 PM

Post #9078885

Wow, sounds good. :) D-mail me a phone number so I can get in touch.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2012
3:55 PM

Post #9078906

I was happy to get a hosta order from a new company called 'Green Mountain Hosta Nursery' I got a real good deal on these hostas, four big roots for 31.00 and 10.00 flat rate shipping.

Twilight Hosta...5.00
Band of Gold...9.00
Bright Lights ...8.00
Rainforest Sunrise ...9.00

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virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2012
4:03 PM

Post #9078910

Beautiful Hostas from Naylor Creek Nursery, my favorite place for the hard to find. These are more expensive but like I said stuff that I don't see everyday and Have been wanting.

Yellow Polka Dot Bikini...20.00
Lakeside Cranberry Relish...14.00
Sharp Dressed Man...18.00
Shipping...8.00
total...60.00

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tcs1366

tcs1366
Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 11, 2012
4:49 PM

Post #9078955

Susan -- do you have much room left in your gardens? you've been shopping up a storm.

nice looking root systems.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 12, 2012
1:11 AM

Post #9079209

Those look great.Give them a positive on Garden Watchdog.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

April 12, 2012
1:37 AM

Post #9079215

tcs, hehehe I gotta little room left. :)


ge, I gave them both great feedback!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 12, 2012
1:58 AM

Post #9079218

I cant wait to see them leafed out.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

April 12, 2012
3:13 AM

Post #9079229

Me too! Especially that Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, That is one beautiful Hosta. It should be, it was right near the top of my price range. The most I ever paid for a Hosta was 25.00 and that was Hudson Bay, beautiful green, white and blue variation. That was also Naylor Creek.
franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 12, 2012
5:01 AM

Post #9079291

Last year I bought three 2nd year tissue cultures of Hudson Bay for $5.50 each through the BnP plant co-op. We got them at wholesale from Walters when all of the hosta retailers got them.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

April 12, 2012
4:58 PM

Post #9080123

I just missed it! Mamajack was getting stuff from Walters also. sigh... Maybe next year!

What are you going to do with three? A grouping perhaps? The one I got from Naylor was pretty big, I do have several Fire and Ice and several Great Expectations I was thinking about a grouping somewhere.
I was able to get some Hostas from Bentleys , Cathedral Windows, Lakeside Love Affair and Lakeside Scamp.
franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 12, 2012
5:50 PM

Post #9080188

I just put all three in a one gallon pot when I got them last year. I still have to find a spot for the small clump. I have about 60 new hosta in pots to be planted. Forty left over from last year and I already bought 20 new ones on opening day at Hornbaker Gardens March 31st. I will have to go back for their open house when their hosta glade is in full leaf.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 13, 2012
1:40 AM

Post #9080519

Take photos.I have a slope I am trying to cover.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

April 13, 2012
2:53 AM

Post #9080532

I have same problem, pots everywhere. More on the way too. I wish I lived near Hornbaker Gardens.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

April 13, 2012
4:33 AM

Post #9080577

Another great order of hosta's from Countryboy Gardens

Wolverine... ..2.40
Autum Frost... ..4.80
Northern Exposure..4.80
Remember Me...4.80
Cascades...6.40
shipping...15.00
total ...38.20

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virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

April 13, 2012
5:29 PM

Post #9081488

Got my order from 'Garden Shop Now' nice big plants with big roots. Love the free gift!
Aureomarginata fortunei...8.75
Eternal Flame...8.75
Speedwell Veronica 'First Love' 5.50
shipping 16.08

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virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

April 23, 2012
8:50 AM

Post #9094310

Got a beautiful 'Great Expectations' from New Hampshire Hosta, its the biggest one I ever got. Also got a couple of liners and Eternal Flame. :)

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virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

April 25, 2012
6:04 PM

Post #9097793

Bought more Hosta from Green Mountain. Big roots, these grow fast too.
Second picture is one I got in March and it has filled out nicely for a slow grower.

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virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

April 27, 2012
2:24 AM

Post #9099592

My order from Bridgewood Gardens.

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virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

April 27, 2012
2:31 AM

Post #9099594

My new order from Hallson's. Best ever. :) Loved the free gift, 'June Fever'. 'Paradigm' is HUGE!

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 27, 2012
4:29 AM

Post #9099637

Not hostas but my Edelweiss order is beautiful.
http://smilebox.com/playBlog/4d7a45794d5459794e54593d0d0a&blogview=true

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

April 27, 2012
6:41 PM

Post #9100606

Very nice ge, thanks for reminding me about the smilebox. I've been wanting to subscribe. I also got an order from Edelweiss and I got two Cyclamen like yours and the Kniphofia called 'Lola' really excited about this six foot tall poker lily. :) WhooHoo!!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 28, 2012
1:32 AM

Post #9100813

six feet tall ohh my

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

May 2, 2012
6:13 PM

Post #9107785

My order from Bentley Gardens on Mamajacks co-op.

1- Bonus plant is temptation
2--Lakeside Scamp
3--Peppermint Ice
4--Cathedral Windows
5--Lakeside Love Affair

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tcs1366

tcs1366
Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 2, 2012
6:36 PM

Post #9107823

he has wonderful plants. I got in on it last year. timing was off this yr for me.
the Roller Coaster Ride I got last yr totally multiplied this year.. .i think i have 8 eyes this year.
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

May 3, 2012
12:14 AM

Post #9108071

They do not look like TC's!!!
I did not join the cubit this year because of all the repotting. Bentley garden has always nice plants and the packing ids the best!!

Bellie

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 3, 2012
2:04 AM

Post #9108094

Those are beautiful.
I am watching the "tracking" of my elephant ears from Wellspring.I love tracking I know for sure the plants will be here this afternoon around 4 o'clock.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

May 3, 2012
2:24 AM

Post #9108098

Thanks everybody!


Terese, 8 eyes!! That is a very rapid grower. :)

This was the best for me. From Hosta's Direct last November. Came back with 6 eyes.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 3, 2012
2:45 AM

Post #9108106

virginiarose That hosta looks great. I took advantage of their fall sale and am disappointed. 1 hosta has returned from 3 or 4 ordered. They were plugs so I didnt have my hopes up.

bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

May 3, 2012
3:56 AM

Post #9108128

Ge,
For the last 2 years I had ordered from Wellspring and and been very pleased with the plants. I have them potted and are displayed in 6 tier stands like my hostas.Very rapid growing collections!!!

Bellie

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 3, 2012
6:21 AM

Post #9108273

Bellie: were your Wellspring plants small and bear root?We are not finished with cold nights here yet.I cant put them outside for another 3 weeks.
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

May 3, 2012
11:47 AM

Post #9108822

They were small plants but they grow fast. Leave them in till you get warm temps because they are tropicals.

Belle

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 3, 2012
12:42 PM

Post #9108935

Here is my order. I am thrilled. First order from them and I will reorder next year.

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

May 3, 2012
3:08 PM

Post #9109104

Very nice ge, I think I ordered from them before. Did they use to be on eBay? I'll have to check my archive. Any way, great plants you out did your self and I know your garden will be beautiful. :)
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

May 3, 2012
6:18 PM

Post #9109341

Ge, I think I have all the varieties that they offer.

Bellie

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

May 7, 2012
2:20 PM

Post #9114383

I got two new hosta's from Garden Breeze Hosta.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 8, 2012
3:03 AM

Post #9115153

OHHHHH White Feather is great.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

May 8, 2012
3:31 AM

Post #9115159

Thanks, glad I finally got one. :)

Garden Breeze was very nice, but no more eBay! Not even for a White Feather.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

May 20, 2012
2:42 AM

Post #9130207

I ordered a Thunderbolt Hosta from Hornbakers. I know they have good reviews but almost none were for mail orders, just people that went to the Nursery. That makes me a little nervous, hope I get a big one! I will keep you posted. :)
Oh, it was 20.00 and postage was 20.00, the only other thing I got was two Bearded Iris.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

May 24, 2012
11:12 AM

Post #9136700

I got my Thunderbolt from Hornbaker Gardens, and it is really nice and big. Check out the lipstick in third picture for a size scale, this is huge!

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

September 10, 2012
5:51 AM

Post #9270553

My order from ilovehostas.net

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