First off is 'Gemini Moon'. Mine was new spring 2008 and this picture was taken June 29. I lifted and divided this plant this year and at the same time separated two tiny plant like it which had been there for a couple of years. They are a bit of a mystery as they appeared too early to have been seedlings, but they weren't connected by the roots.
Anyway, this one was a very good grower and when the Ontario Hosta Society visited my garden a year ago, it attracted a lot of attention. Not quite so large now, but I expect it to catch up fast.
However, in subsequent years, it has not developed the amount of mistiness that it had the first year. I should consider it in more sun, but this plant was also afflicted this year with nematodes and its days may be numbered. This pic taken July 15..
'Ginko Craig' is another of my original hostas which I've had for over a decade. This picture taken early August. It is easy to divide, makes a great border, blooms well and lasts well through the season. But I don't find it really exciting.
'Gold Drop' was acquired September 2005 and this picture taken July 15. GD is small, emerges green and turns more gold during the season and I've found it hard to divide as it has a solid crown which does not wiggle apart easily.
'Grand Tiara' - mine was new July 2007 and this pic was taken July 19. This is a fast-growing plant and would make a good edger. Mine was completely divided in the spring and I replanted single divisions, initially thinking of a border, but I have too much other border here. Will move them back together at some point.
'Great Expectations' was one of my earliest hostas. A slow grower, but it looks lovely. This one has never been divided in over a decade except to separate out a section which reverted to solid green. This pic taken June 29.
'Gypsy Rose' was acquired spring 2009 as a replacement for an earlier division which had HVX. However, mine is doing something unusual and I'm really watching it to see what happens. Only a few leaves look normal for GR. This picture taken August 6.
I put a 'Guardian Angel' in the church hosta garden a couple of years ago. Should go look at it. Haven't been there because the church is still under construction. The project that was supposed to be done last November will finally be finished soon. Might be able to have first service there on September 18 if everything goes well.
Glad to see at least one after Irene. But 'Geisha' should be called 'Ani Machi'.
Quoting:The plant we know as 'Geisha' is the same as a hosta imported from Japan under the name 'Ani Machi', which should be considered a Japanese synonym. The Geisha pictured is not the hosta registered by Kevin C. Vaughn in 1983. Vaughn's hosta is believed lost. Some prefer to use the Japanese name 'Ani Machi' because of this problem. As there is no real 'Geisha' any more, the name has been standing for over a decade and a large number of plants in gardens bear the name.
Wow, I didn't know that. I got them from Country Boy's I ordered 4, and they are small and variegated just like I wanted. Good price too, maybe that is why. I looked it up on Plantfiles but I didn't notice the aka 'Ani Machi' but its good to know. Maybe one day I will learn to pronounce it. :( Also I recently added the hostalibrary to my bookmarks so now I have two ways to look things up.
I put a 'Guardian Angel' into the church hosta garden, but we've been under construction for over a year and I've only looked at it a couple of times. Should go check it. And we hope to move back in for mid September.
Golden Tiara, planted in 2009. A strong little hosta that seems happy all the time. Reminds me of describing a hobbit, LOL. Might be moving this to a bed with more sun next spring. Or maybe some divisions I still have leftover from spring.
Guacamole, purchased in 2009 mostly because it was on sale and everyone raved about it. I still don't love this plant but will admit it has a lot of nice features: strong grower, strong scent, does well in sun and heat. Might be a good hosta for gardeners further south.
Your hostas look great, Eleven. I'd like a 'Grand Canyon' and will have to research the size to see whether I can fit it into my existing beds. Yours looks lovely in combination with the blue one in behind. I took advantage of the wait time during my husband's knee surgery today to visit a nearby nursery. As luck would have it they were having a 25% off sale. I picked up 'Victory' which I've been wanting for awhile. I'm going to have to move 'Great Arrival' to fit 'Victory' in.
'Great Arrival' bought in May. I moved it yesterday to make room for 'Victory' which I had planned on putting in this spot in the first place. It's a sport of 'Great Expectations', so I expect it to be slow. I picked this particular plant because it had bigger leaves than the others but on the other hand fewer eyes. Don't know whether I made the right decision choosing a bigger plant over more eyes.
Irowan, I can see that a couple of your 'Grand Canyon' leaves towards the back left have more prominent ripples and veins. I think you'll see a lot of improvement in the next couple years if you don't move it.