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Today, I invite you to post pictures of hostas beginning with "C". Don't know about you, but I don't have quite so many as the previous two days.
We start with 'Cameo' taken June 28. It was new to my garden in spring 2007 but in 2009, the whole family got waterlogged and I suspect foliar nematodes as well. None of the family ('Baby Bunting', 'Cameo', 'Cherish', 'Hope', 'Pandora's Box') have done as well since then.
'Cat and Mouse' was new spring 2009. The first plant totally reverted to solid blue within a few weeks. This replacement has mostly reverted as well, though the one smaller eye still retains some of the chartreuse centre. I may try for another division from another source.
'Christmas Pageant' taken June 29. This was new in spring 2008. In 2009, I nearly lost it when something munched the crown and it didn't like the first couple of spots in the garden, but it has slowly come back to look good.
clausa var. clausa - likely the first hosta I owned, but I didn't know what it was. It was only a year or two after I first started seriously growing hostas that I looked at it and realized it was also a hosta. It spreads by rhizomes and in a spot where it's really happy can become a bit invasive. I've seen it in other neighbourhood gardens and I'm sure it was a gift way back when from some neighbour who had too much of it.
I have this hosta in 3 locations, 2 of which are problem spots where other things don't like to grow well. It does quite well in such a location and the rate of spread is slowed down considerably. It would also make a good hosta for a very large container to keep it confined.
'Cracker Crumbs' was new in spring 2005. This is a fast growing mini and I'm gradually dividing it to make a border on one garden. Another real bright light when it emerges yellow. This picture taken June 20 of a few divisions in a pot with 'Teaspoon'.
'Country Mouse' is the most petite of my mice. It's not at all related to the 'Blue Mouse Ears' family, but lives in the same planter with them. I got mine in spring 2007 and it was very tiny and would not have survived the 3 week trip I took shortly thereafter if Sandy (Sanannie) had not looked after it for me. It forms a loose mound and often falls apart when I remove it from my veggie garden (where it winters) each spring. As a result, I've taken a couple of divisions from it. This picture taken July 29.
'Cutting Edge' was new in spring 2008. this year it looks as though it's been taking steroids. Have never divided it and thought I would next year, but the plant next to it ('Ghost Spirit' in lower right) had a bad infection of foliar nematodes, so ... This picture was taken August 9 and shows the almost horizontal flower scapes.
Love 'Christmas Pageant'! Love Clifford's Forest Fire. I have Clifford's Sting Ray. Just out of curiosity. I assume that Clifford is a hosta hybridizer and so is Lakeside? I've always put Lakeside and Clifford in the single quotation mark. Should they be. What is correct? Lakeside 'Black Satin' or 'Lakeside Black Satin'. Clifford's 'Sting Ray' or 'Clifford's Sting Ray'?
Clovelly, new this year from Hallson's. I have to say I'm glad I ordered it there, because the plants at my local nursery barely have ripples on the margins. I probably wouldn't have purchased it based on seeing those in person. I'm wondering it's similar to a couple other hostas that seem to lose their ruffles with stressed too much.
Captain Kirk is beautiful! I purchased Captain Kirk and Orange Marmalade at the same time and side by side they looked like twins and they closely resemble Paul's Glory, Hmm I wonder if they are related, they are all beautiful and sun tolerant. I can't wait for mine to get big!
Gold Standard is a 'Fortunei Hyacinthina' sport. So 'Fortunei Hyacinthina' begat 'Gold Standard' begat 'Captain Kirk'.
Perry's True Blue is a (x sieboldiana 'Elegans') hybrid from which 'Paul's Glory' is a sport and 'Orange Marmalade' is a sport of PG. Of couorse, 'OM has a list of sports of its own - 'Forbidden Fruit' sport/yb, 'Happy Dayz' sport/yg, 'Marmalade on Toast' sport/bb, 'Orange Slices' sport/yy .
Where are they at? I Goggled it and got nothing but a TV series. Are they in the US? I have not had good luck ordering from Europe, it just takes too long to get stuff and I really believe the plants would be DOA. :(
However I would consider ordering after it gets cooler. :)
I don't know if they are listed on Garden Watchdog but they have a good reputation. Just don't expect early spring shipping as they are up north and their Springtime is considerably later than it is for the southern zones.
That's fine, I was hoping for a fall shipping because it's not so hot. My last shipment was stressed out. I have seen that a lot of companys ship Hostas till Oct. and some till Nov. and that would be good for me. Thanks for the tip, I have them Bookmarked.
Thanks, Jeff for allowing me to be lazy rather than looking up the heritage.
'White Christmas' is difficult for some to grow. I think a lot depends on location and I think I've been lucky in choosing mine, but possibly 'Christmas Cookies' is a bit easier. Anyway, I guess if you've got one you don't need the other.