Today we go on to "M" hostas. First is 'Mack the Knife'. I've had this one since spring 2004, but it has languished too close to my driveway and too close to the Linden tree where it got neither enough moisture nor light. My mid July, the margins of the leaves were in tatters and its growth rate was certainly not spectacular.
This year I lifted it, took a couple of divisions and put it back in a different location and I think I've given it a new lease on life. It's still looking pretty good even though it got a bit sunburnt in June. This picture taken July 19.
'Marilyn Monroe' - this lovely green hosta has rippled leaves with white backs that show in the breeze. It was new to me spring 2006 and was moved to brighter light in 2009. Since I moved it, she has bloomed every year in September. This picture taken July 19.
'Masquerade' was one of my very early hostas - I've had it over a decade. It's also one of the smallest and slowest growing plants I have. I had two - the second year I grew it, it was so late to emerge that I bought another - but one became infected with nematodes this year and I pitched it. I also moved this one from a garden border where 'Kifukurin Ko Mame' was threatening to swamp it, into a pot. This picture taken July 16.
This is also a 'Mighty Mouse' taken July 16. Was new to me this year. I bought it because the leaves were so confused - virtually none of them marked as they should be - and I've dubbed it 'Mighty Confused Mouse'. It will be interesting to see what happens to this one.
Let's stay with the mice for just a bit. This is 'Mouse Trap' taken August 3. The plant was received August 2010 and looks nearly identical to 'Snow Mouse' which I also received last year although I seem to have a few leaves which are trying to go solid blue on this one.
And my entire "Mouse" garden under the watchful gaze of grinning cat.
The largest one is 'Blue Mouse Ears'. Others in the garden are 'Frosted Mouse Ears', 'Snow Mouse', Mouse Trap', Mighty Mouse', 'Country Mouse' (from a different family), 'Cat and Mouse', 'Royal Mouse Ears', 'Holy Mouse Ears' and the 'Mighty Confused Mouse'.
Mountain Snow, planted in 2009. Leave are quite thin, so this is one of the few plants that shows any insect damage. Always the latest to emerge at the end of May but flowers in June. It's a montana, so I'm waiting for it to develop some size in the next few years before I decide whether to keep it.
'Moonstruck' taken June 2. This one was new spring 2007 and where I first planted it, the leaves had melted out to ribbons by the middle of July. I moved it to the east side of my house where it gets morning light and usually it does reasonably well here, but this year, we had a dreary, wet May followed by a hot, sunny June. The plants didn't get hardened and the sun was intensified by white aluminum siding on two houses only about 10 feet apart. All the plants in this garden except 'June' got sunburnt this year.
However, this one is a real prima donna. A couple of years ago I lifted it to get a division for a friend and it sulked the rest of the summer. My intention is to lift and divide it and try it in several locations to see if I can find one it really likes. If that doesn't work, it's toast! But it is very pretty when it looks good.
'Morning Light' was new to me in 2005 and has some of the same melt-out issues as 'Moonstruck' but not as severely. Unfortunately, it is also in the same garden east of my house and was also sunburnt in June this year. Photo taken June 22.
My last "M" hosta is 'My Claire'. Mine was new spring 2006 and this picture was taken June 29. 'My Claire' is a very pretty small hosta which until this year had never been divided. I find I tend to sometimes overlook it as it just goes steadily on with no real issues. This past spring when I had a plant sale, I took several divisions, totally divided the plant and replanted in 3 distinct groups which are gradually filling out and will look every bit as full next year as before I divided.
Eleven - I had a 'Mountain Snow' - was sent to me erroneously when I ordered something else and I wouldn't have known the difference (at first) except a friend who had the plant it was supposed to be said it didn't look like hers. I was later sent a replacement, but got to keep MS. However in 2009 when it emerged, I took a good look and decided it was infected with HVX. Since it has the potential to get quite large, I've not replaced it. BTW, that was the last (and it hope it stays that way) diagnosis of HVX in my garden.
I had a couple BEFORE that - plants purchased from good quality nurseries before they knew enough to test their stock. Crossing my fingers here, but I think that watching them carefully and meticulously cleaning my tools has paid off. Oh yes, I don't buy from box stores. BTW, I try to take pics of the entire collection once a week during the season so that I have a record of how they did. More than once, I've first noticed a problem with a plant when I was editing the pictures. Sometimes when we look at them in the garden, I think we tune out things we don't want to see.
Thankfully, that was in the beginning when I first got the hosta bug (haha, me, not the plants). I only purchased 2 hostas from big box stores and made sure to segregate them both in their own bed beneath a pine. Brim Cup was removed the next spring. Frances Williams still looks the same as when I brought it home. Funny though, later I identified 3 mature FW elsewhere in the garden, so I can easily remove these without a thought.
Thanks. "Our own unique Hosta Introductions" says it all. Since it IS from 'Whirlwind' it could be a simultaneous sport that is identical or nearly so to the one mentioned on the MyHostas Database. Neither are registered as yet anyway.
Yes, I've been badly bitten. My dear hubby likes the hostas but he trembles, when he sees me with spade in hand under a tree with nothing underneath. I think, that's it for this year. Not going near another nursery.
Beginning with June first, I have planted the equivalent of one hosta per day.
Susan...'Marrekech' is a viridescent type of plant...starts out light colored and darkens up as the season progresses. This one is in a spot that gets a couple hours direct midday sun and seams to hold up pretty good. It is pretty green today... It is very bright yellow when it first comes up.
I am sure It will be a good fit in your garden Ann.
Great picture!! WOW. I bet your neighbours can see it from a long way off, do people stop to see what it is?? Seriously, I was reaching for my sunglasses. :)
Thanks for sharing it's definitely a 'must-have' !