Today's letter is "B". Here are the ones I have. Let's see yours as well.
'Baby Bunting" - mine was new in spring 2008 and has grown well, but has also been afflicted by foliar nematodes later in the season. I had 3 plants the size of this one. I destroyed one. The others I'm keeping because I've decided that if I destroy all the plants with nematodes, I won't have anything left and they all look good for most of the season. However, no more plant sales.
This photo of 'Bell Ringer' was also taken June 20. 'Bell Ringer' was purchased as 'Liberty Bell', but had stabilized into the marginated 'Bell Ringer'. It seems to be a fast-growing, very loose mound which I hope someday to be able to share with the members of the handbell choir I direct.
'Blue Cadet' I've had for awhile - since September 2005. I've grown it in a variety of places, but I find it does very well as a border in this dark corner where I've tried a lot of hostas and later moved them. Some of these divisions were single eyes in spring 2011. Others were divided 2 years ago.
'Blue Ivory' in a picture taken early in August. In a year when my hostas have sustained more than the usual amount of slug damage, it is holding up very well. This plant was new in spring 2010 and is planted under the edge of 'Regal Splendor'.
'Blue Mouse Ears' taken on August 3. Another which has held up well this year (as has all of the family). This was acquired in a trade in spring 2008. So far, the leaves on BME are somewhat larger than those of other members of the family. it's growing well, but has not bloomed this year for some reason.
This shows 'Blue Shadows' and 'Tokudama Aureonebulosa'. BS is a sport of TA. I acquired TA in 2003 and have grown them both side by side for years although I moved both out from the Linden tree in the last couple of years. This year is the first year that I've been able to tell the difference between the two plants. (TA is in front).
'Blue Wedgwood' taken June 29. A nice blue that holds its colour well through the season, I received it in September 2005. It holds well through the season, but gets very messy with stuff dropped from the neighbour's Linden tree over the fence; hence the earlier picture. The hosta on the left is a sport of BW, 'Punky'. You can see similarities in plant shape and bloom time. BTW, both have blooms on very short scapes way down in the foliage.
This was a 2010 sport or reversion from my 'Touch of Class'. Chris from Hallson's said I could call it 'Bulletproof'; so I have. This picture was taken August 3; so this is another which holds up well through the season.
Thanks ViolaAnn, you are probably right about the hosta on the right. It bloomed in July, I think, and the flowers were mauve. I've already pulled out three of these 'Undulata Albomarginata' and this one will probably go next spring. I have ten of the hosta to the left and am constantly cutting them back. I like them because of their beautiful white flowers in August.
'Blue Jay' today. It's usually bluer. Washing it with Sunlight wasn't such a good idea afterall. It gets dirty underneath the spruce trees from the falling debris of squirrels munching on spruce cones.
'Bright Lights' putting up a valiant fight against earwigs. Looks much better in the spring. Should have taken a picture then. BL was planted in 2007 and would be much bigger now if it weren't for the tree root competition.
Oh Rose, your Band of Gold is so beautiful and mine is so sick. I could not make this Hosta happy no matter what I did. However I came to the conclusion that it must have got over heated when travelling through the mail. I hope it doesn't die but it seems it will. :*((
'Big Top' is another nice shiny green one! I got this one 4 years ago from a coop. I moved it last year, but it doesn't seem very happy. So, looks like I'd better move it back next spring. This one is supposed to get large, but is still less than 3 feet across in my bed.