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franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 10, 2011
4:10 PM

Post #8749324

Name your want list top three must get hostas.

Mine are:

Big Kahuna (Brian & Virginia Skaggs) Introduced by Walters. PPAF
It is supposed to be the biggest variegated giant.

Galaxy (Bill & Eleanor Lachman) 1987
An old fertile streaker used for a lot of breeding. I am just starting to get into streakers and want to try my hand at hybridizing and growing some of my own streaked babies.

Skylight (Bev Stegeman) 2001
The bluest blue there is. Only problem is that it is not widely available yet. Blue Wu is a cross between Empress Wu x Skylight.

My want list is finally lower than my have list since I am running out of room. The majority of my wants have to be mini, small and mediums.

Have 243
Want 163

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wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 10, 2011
6:33 PM

Post #8749534

interested to hear from others and will have to check out your three frank
beaux
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 10, 2011
7:19 PM

Post #8749600

I am loving that Skylight, Frank. Hope you get one and post pics of it.

My absolute must haves change from day to day. I am running out of room too. I want to get what I have to plant into the ground and then spend the winter mulling over what's next... :-)
Rose1656
Oquawka, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 11, 2011
5:30 AM

Post #8749991

'Leapin' Lippizan' (Rick Goodenough)
'Humpback Whale' (Mildred Seaver)
'Foxfire Snake Eyes' (Stephen Schulte)

The first two are way out of my price range...but, hopefully will find the Snake Eyes next year!
franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 11, 2011
5:44 AM

Post #8750047

Foxfire Snake Eyes looks just like Woop Woop.

Humpback Whale sold for a mere $3,500.00.

Leapin' Lipizzan is very pretty. Too bad it isn't readily available. Who is selling it?
adchix
Ponce de Leon, FL

August 11, 2011
9:40 AM

Post #8750302

I just ordered 180 Hostas

36 each:

Hosta Barbara Ann

Hosta Fire Island

Hosta Krossa Regal

Hosta sieboldii Elegans

Hosta Sum and Substance
adchix
Ponce de Leon, FL

August 11, 2011
9:45 AM

Post #8750312

OK now I want Big Kahuna too . . .

Eleven

Eleven
Royal Oak, MI
(Zone 6a)

August 11, 2011
1:09 PM

Post #8750617

American Masterpiece (Van Wade 1999, sport of 'Northern Mist')
Now only $100 from Jim's Hostas, lol.

Irish Luck (Naylor Creek 2007, Invincible seedling)
Love, love, love the dark shiny green and piecrust edging.

Grand Prize (Walters Garden 1998, sport of 'Grand Tiara')
Not a new hosta, but I love how much yellow this one has. At $12, it's definitely on next year's shopping list!

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 11, 2011
5:53 PM

Post #8751108

'Yellow Polka Dot Bikini'
Hybridized by L. Jones: year of registration 2005

'Alex Summers'
Hybridized by Santa Lucia 1989

'Gentle Giant'
Hybridized by P. Black, 2005
Rose1656
Oquawka, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 12, 2011
5:22 AM

Post #8751726

Unfortunately, I don't think anyone is selling 'Leapin' Lippizan' yet. Probably a good thing for me! I do remember looking at 'American Masterpiece' on Jim's site. It is a pretty one!

Virginiarose,

I have all 3 on your list, and Alex Summers is so pretty! Hope you get that one.

Rose

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 12, 2011
5:47 AM

Post #8751758

Thanks Rose! I have located Alex Summers and Solar Flare, They are so beautiful. :)

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adchix, Just out of curiosity, what would somebody do with 36 Sun and Substance?? Not to mention all the others?? SMH

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irawon
Ottawa
Canada

August 18, 2011
9:36 PM

Post #8764018

I planted 82 new ones this year and bought 9 more the other day. I understand 'Remember Me' is a slow grower. Any advice on locating her as well as 'Lakeside Paisley Print' would be appreciated. To get back on topic, next I would like:

Cup of Grace
Silver Star
Kaleidochrome

Does anyone have these?
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

August 19, 2011
2:25 AM

Post #8764151

Adchix,
Why 36 on each cultivar? I think Virginiarose asked this already.

Rose,
I got FF snake eyes, a mini and bought it before it went for retail.

Bellie
beaux
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 19, 2011
3:04 AM

Post #8764162

I would like to see a picture of Adchix's yard if you have room for 36 S&S! Wow. I am jealous...

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

August 19, 2011
3:44 AM

Post #8764194

irawon, There is a person on Dave's Garden with Kaleidochrome for trade, but they say its not ready yet. Posted Aug.4,2011

http://davesgarden.com/community/trading/search.php?search_text=PFPID:198308

irawon
Ottawa
Canada

August 19, 2011
5:00 AM

Post #8764254

Thanks for the info, virginiarose. Unfortunately, I live in Canada and can't take advantage of hosta trades in the US. So much for free trade!!!

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

August 19, 2011
8:38 AM

Post #8764643

irawon - my 'Remember Me' is finally looking good and I've had it since spring 2006. It gets a bit of morning sun as it's on the east side of my garden and a bit north of my oak tree.

As far as most wanted hostas, well, I'd like 'Dorothy Benedict' but can't afford her even if I could find her. I've got 'Almost' on my list, but I don't think it's available yet. I'd love a piece of a hosta that the owner of Shades of Green here in Ontario as grown. I understand it's presently in tissue culture. But really, I don't have much space and interesting hostas keep coming my way in trades or by impulse buys at Budd's.

I just received 'Roller Coaster Ride' in a trade and it was on my wish list. Bought 'Raspberry Sundae' at Budd's and it promised to be gorgeous.

Ann

Eleven

Eleven
Royal Oak, MI
(Zone 6a)

August 19, 2011
8:48 AM

Post #8764664

Oooooh Ann, I was just looking at Raspberry Sundae online a couple nights ago! It's been added to my shopping list for next spring, along with Ripple Effect. I had added several to my shopping basket but managed not to order anything. Thank goodness for bouts of willpower. I really need to work on getting all my stuff in the ground before the weather turns cold.

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

August 19, 2011
10:08 AM

Post #8764762

Here's 'Raspberry Sundae'. Love the colour and the red legs. BTW, it's not yet registered and its heritage seems to be a big secret.

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Eleven

Eleven
Royal Oak, MI
(Zone 6a)

August 19, 2011
10:26 AM

Post #8764797

Ann, thanks for the pic =) So pretty! Country Garden lists Raspberry Ssundae as "another of Gary Gossett's creations from the breakthrough "Bronze Age" hosta." And I found info about 'Bronze Age' from a couple posts on the GW forum. Basically, it's from Terra Nova's breeding program but not being released until they can make a sterile plant with the same characteristics. So I guess no pods from RS.

http://www.inthecountrygardenandgifts.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_14&products_id=713
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/hosta/msg0318260330419.html
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/hosta/msg0318515314221.html
adchix
Ponce de Leon, FL

September 16, 2011
4:33 PM

Post #8811448

Well, I'll guess I just have to say that it's nobody's business why I do what I do. LOL

This message was edited Sep 18, 2011 10:03 PM

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

September 16, 2011
4:55 PM

Post #8811479

adchix wrote:To answer your question . . .

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This is an advertisement :(


irawon
Ottawa
Canada

September 16, 2011
6:04 PM

Post #8811561

Gosh! Gee! Darn! I have 48 on my list. A local nursery had a 20% off sale on hostas this week. I picked up 'Little Miss Sunshine' and 'Fragrant Dream'. Only 'Fragrant Dream' was on the list. LMS had the most incredible red legs and is supposed to remain yellow all season. So, now at the top of the list are 'Ice Age Trail', 'Jaz' and 'Wheee'.
adchix
Ponce de Leon, FL

September 18, 2011
7:32 PM

Post #8814121




This message was edited Sep 18, 2011 10:02 PM
adchix
Ponce de Leon, FL

September 18, 2011
8:34 PM

Post #8814203

virginiarose wrote:Thanks Rose! I have located Alex Summers and Solar Flare, They are so beautiful. :)

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adchix, Just out of curiosity, what would somebody do with 36 Sun and Substance?? Not to mention all the others?? SMH



What is SMH? I remember when I used to think it was "Sun and Substance" - Then I remembered my reading glasses. :D


pointgarden
Newport, RI

March 27, 2014
12:17 PM

Post #9799178

Elegans
Striptease
Cathedral windows

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

March 29, 2014
2:19 PM

Post #9800662

I did get Yellow Polka Dot Bikini and changed my mind about the rest. Here is my new most wanted three.

White Christmas
Rascal
Lakeside Love Affair

:):):):)


Here is pic of YPDB, ... SMH...means 'Smacking my head'

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bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

March 29, 2014
6:49 PM

Post #9800790

I had yellow polka dot bikini but died.

Belle

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

March 30, 2014
2:18 AM

Post #9800919

Hi Belle! I might have lost mine, I will do inventory in spring. Some I moved to shade and loss tags so do not recognize them, they look completely different in shade. :/

susan

Ps. I had gotten Lakeside Love Affair from a coop when it first came out but I lost it the first year. Do not know why, but I want another one. Must try again!
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

March 30, 2014
4:08 AM

Post #9800930

I just ordered tortilla chips,snow cap,sugar daddy;winter snow.

I can't wait for them to come up. DH gave me room to set up some pots.

Belle
Rose1656
Oquawka, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 30, 2014
6:55 AM

Post #9801012

I've had two White Christmas plants, and both died! The first one was beautiful, and then I made the mistake of moving it...I hope you have better luck with yours, if you get one

The top three on my list would be, American Masterpiece, Amos and Leapin' Lippizan.

Rose

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

March 30, 2014
1:18 PM

Post #9801242

Rose, where did you have White Christmas planted at, it needs some morning sun. I have not had any luck finding one. Maybe there is a reason for that...


Belle, don't you mean more pots?


Susan
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

March 30, 2014
2:36 PM

Post #9801308

Susan,
You had been to my backyard, yes more pots!!!

Need to get together this summer!!!

Belle

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

March 30, 2014
3:19 PM

Post #9801342

Yes, Belle!!
Rose1656
Oquawka, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 31, 2014
3:19 AM

Post #9801667

My first one came from Hilltop Farms in Missouri, but they don't do mail order anymore. The second from Jim's Hostas, but it wasn't very big when I got it. The first one was planted in a bed on the north side of the garage where it got no morning sun, and it was a really nice plant!

Rose
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

March 31, 2014
3:52 AM

Post #9801672

Rose,
I get a lot of my hosta from Tony Wong of Illinois , he is a collector and the last time has hundreds.

I got all my tiaras from him. D mail me if you want his email address.

What ever happened with what you propagated? Did you get a name?

Think spring.

Belle

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

March 31, 2014
9:13 AM

Post #9801893

Thanks Rose, I will check in with Jim's now and then. I am in no hurry to buy more hostas right now. Here is Montana starting to sprout in a 3 gallon pot!

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HelenVT
Charlotte, VT

March 31, 2014
11:09 AM

Post #9802002

I just learned about streaked hostas last fall so I would have to say anything streaked. Love to look at them. Is there a problem with them staying streaked?

gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 31, 2014
4:03 AM

Post #9854115

7yes love the streakednhostas also. Just so suttle of a color in most of them. I have strip tease and spilt milk both have streaking. Very pretty.
cam223
North Olmsted, OH

June 10, 2014
12:12 PM

Post #9864553

I have noticed that Wade and Gatton has Dorothy Benedict seedlings in their online catalog. I don't know exactly what they are but I am going there on my annual trip so I will ask about them. Wade and Gatton has acres of hostas and I always wait until I get there and actually see the plants growing before I commit to anything. I have bought dozens of hostas and daylilies from them and the plants have all been very good.

Rainforest Sunrise has been a slow grower for me. Striptease on the other hand is very vigorous. I also want to get some more minatures--I adore Mouse Ears and Frosted Mouse Ears.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

June 10, 2014
7:11 PM

Post #9864858

rainforest here has grown well - have a bunch of the meese varieties - need to watch that they do not revert.
a5footsea
North Vancouver, BC
(Zone 7b)

June 14, 2014
10:14 AM

Post #9867741

My favourites: Gypsy Rose, Touch of Class and Sagae

wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

June 14, 2014
5:28 PM

Post #9868026

will have to look up gypsy rose
tracey8165
Pembroke, MA
(Zone 6a)

June 16, 2014
10:39 AM

Post #9869334

irawon wrote: "I planted 82 new ones this year and bought 9 more the other day. I understand 'Remember Me' is a slow grower. Any advice on locating her as well as 'Lakeside Paisley Print' would be appreciated. "

irawon, I bought Lakeside Paisley Print from Bluestone Perennials (http://www.bluestoneperennials.com/HOLP.html) this year. I don't know if they ship to Canada, but you can try. It is a lovely hosta.

Tracey
cyrdd
Perris Ca.
United States

June 16, 2014
4:09 PM

Post #9869580

Perhaps H. 'Raspberry Sundae' was hybridised in N. Z. as good sized plants of this delightful small hosta were available there last Spring.
cam223
North Olmsted, OH

June 18, 2014
11:32 AM

Post #9871100

Raspberry Sundae is an introduction from Terra Nova Nurseries from Oregon.

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

June 19, 2014
7:06 AM

Post #9871739

But it grows VERY slowly. Mine is in its 4th year in my garden.

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dmac085
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7a)

June 20, 2014
8:49 PM

Post #9873403

I am just getting back into hostas and due to apt dwelling I have to keep things under control so its tricky choosing must haves but I did love Lakeside Paisley Print. I got
Whirligig years ago when I first joined dg and Foxfire would have special pricing for DGers. Definitely would like that one again. I would also like one that has very dark purple flowers~I think I saw one called Holly's Velvet Piecrust that seemed to have darker flowers. The hosta portions of my wishlist is out of control:lol:

joycet

joycet
Franklin, OH
(Zone 6a)

June 22, 2014
5:51 AM

Post #9874337

Climax, Paradigm and Blue Angel. In that order. New to me, but coming up quickly on my list is Pride and Joy.

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joycet

joycet
Franklin, OH
(Zone 6a)

June 22, 2014
5:52 AM

Post #9874338

Sorry. Pride and Joy.

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wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

June 22, 2014
6:17 PM

Post #9874828

went to my favorite hosta nursery today - mason hollow nursery in mason, nh - and came home with black jack, t. blue shadows, and a few others.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

June 25, 2014
5:53 PM

Post #9877655

I've been wanting Rainbow's End, Blaze of Glory, Hollywood Lights and 'Paradise Power'.
katgroves
Otway, OH
(Zone 6b)

June 27, 2014
7:31 AM

Post #9878953

Rainbow's End, Empress Wu and Abiqua Drinking Gourd are the 3 that I would like to get my hands on.
ottahand7
Monkton, MD
(Zone 6b)

June 29, 2014
5:58 AM

Post #9880405

I love the photos here! I usually am posting photos in Wildlife but I thought I would share my 3 favorites (Right now). Komodo Dragon will always be my #1, then Gentle Giant, then Liberty. The last photo is a closer shot of Komodo with Abby.

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

July 7, 2014
3:28 PM

Post #9888030

Love those, especially Gentle Giant.

Eleven

Eleven
Royal Oak, MI
(Zone 6a)

July 8, 2014
6:45 PM

Post #9889091

Eleven wrote:American Masterpiece (Van Wade 1999, sport of 'Northern Mist')
Now only $100 from Jim's Hostas, lol.

Irish Luck (Naylor Creek 2007, Invincible seedling)
Love, love, love the dark shiny green and piecrust edging.

Grand Prize (Walters Garden 1998, sport of 'Grand Tiara')
Not a new hosta, but I love how much yellow this one has. At $12, it's definitely on next year's shopping list!


I wrote that three years ago and now have both Irish Luck and Grand Prize. I've moved American Masterpiece down on my want list both due to price and decreased interest in streaked/speckled hostas. So here are my current must have hostas that I'm getting this year:

Crumb Cake (getting this summer)

Tickle Me Pink (also getting this summer)

Gold Regal or Midas Touch - I actually had both of these but lost them for different reasons. I would love to get one or both of them again!

This message was edited Jul 11, 2014 10:03 PM

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

July 10, 2014
6:20 PM

Post #9890574

I acquired 'Tickle Me Pink' this year and love it.

I don't have much of a wish list as I've got no space. I got a liner of 'World Cup' when I attended the Hosta Forum near Toronto in April. Am not sure I will keep it, but am growing it in a pot while I assess it.

Bought 'Electrocution' and am not impressed how much it's being eaten by slugs, even in a pot. And I bought 'One Iota' which I've been told is a pretty stable member of the Mouse Ears family. I'm generally not much impressed with them.

If you don't have 'Curly Fries' get it. I love it. Mine is starting its 3rd year in my garden and I like it better every day.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

July 11, 2014
6:29 AM

Post #9890825

Fragrant Blue, Curly Fries, Blue Hawaii, Hadspen. I'm sure there are others.
gardenmart
Saugus, MA
(Zone 6b)

July 16, 2014
10:58 AM

Post #9895201

Trying to bring last year's must have Teeny Weeny Bikini back from near death, it is the smallest mini hosta right now that I have ever owned.
I got Mighty Mouse {again}, Hacksaw, Electrocution, Lakeside Elfin Fire, Blue Mouse Ears, Tortifrons {in a swap with a friend}, Popo and Empress Wu, which bloomed this year on it's 6 leaves. Except for her majesty, I am into small or mini hostas now as my room to keep larger ones is pretty much taken up.
Martha

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