Next is 'Stealth'. New to me in 2009, it was sent by mistake as 'Lakeside Mom', but they suspected an error and told me to watch it. This one is a sport of 'Minuteman' and is supposed to be streaky, but mine seems to be stabilizing into what??? Reverse colours from Mm. also supposed to be medium in size, but is obviously a slow grower. This picture from July 18.
'Summer Breeze' was new Spring 2003 and this picture taken July 15. This sport of 'Summer Music' looks totally different from the parent. I've divided it once several years ago; so it's not a super fast grower. I love the bright yellow margins.
'Summer Snow' was new 2010. According to Zillis in his Hostapedia
[quote] ...I fully expected it to become widely grown and very popular. It has not...I cannot ever recall seeing a well-formed, "pretty" clump of 'Summer Snow'. Most of the time, the mound has been one-sided or irregular." p. 913
Anyway, too early to say for mine, but so far I like it. It's been around for awhile - was registered in 1980. I guess it's quite possible to mix up seeds and make an error in the heritage of a plant. But even Zillis doubts the listed parentage of the plant (H. sieboldiana x H. 'Tokudama'), noting that the vein count isn't right.
'Sun Power' was new to me September 2005 and this picture was taken July 18. Contrary to its name, apparently it does not like too much sun. Mine has grown well, but was lifted and divided this past spring and we are back to a smaller plant.
'Surprised By Joy' is, I believe, an AHS mini, but I've never really thought of it as a mini. However, it did take awhile to get established in my garden. I've had it since Spring 2005 and have occasionally used a copper mesh collar around it. Didn't the last two years and it has been totally devastated by slugs and earwigs. This picture from June 28.
My final "S" hosta - 'Sweet Innocence. This picture from August 8 shows that it holds up quite well. This is a tetraploid version of 'Fragrant Bouquet' and has wider margins. A lovely apple green. I've had mine since Spring 2007. So far, it seems a slow grower.
Striptease, planted in 2009. I was warned about HVX being so prevalent in this cultivar that I planted it inside a pot in the ground. This year I dug it up and had to cut the pot off the root ball. It never missed a beat. Can you say enthusiastic grower? Pic from August 10.
Sum and Substance, the (slightly) smaller one that grows in full sun. The leaves grow a little brighter, smaller, and have more corrugation than the other plant. I can't find a pic from this year, so here's one from June 2010.
Good point, but around here any sun tolerance is better than none. I heard mixed reviews about Sun and Substance. About 95% of my Hostas are sun tolerant even thought they get at least 50% shade, they just do better for me. I actually had a full shade spot picked out between the two birch trees, but I could not get a shovel in the ground, too many roots! So I didn't buy one. :(
'Sunlight Child is pretty - a mini - I suspect? Must add that to MY list. In fact, I think when this series of threads is done, I'll sit down and go through them again with a pad and pencil. I may not have any space left, but that doesn't mean I don't have a list.
A friend was going hosta shopping several years ago, and I asked her to pick up 'Something Different' for me if she found it. Well, she came home with 'Striptease' and said "Here's something different!" I did find 'Something Different' later, but I'm glad that she got me this 'Striptease'!
Rose, the owner of RWR told me that the originator of 'Stitch in Time' intends to pull it from the market. Your plant looks very healthy to me and doesn't seem to have reverted as many others have. I think you probably just have to be a bit more patient. I think it looks lovely.
I have had Jaz for 2 years now. It is not a rapid increaser, but it has substance like plastic.
Stitch n time is going to be a slow grower it has very little green chlorophyl area. It is a beauty and I will be patient with it. I now have two. The first one didn't come up after it's first winter. But this year she is back?! Still small though.
Thanks for the words of encouragement! I won't dig it up and toss it! I don't expect it to ever achieve the 'small' status that it has now been given. When it first came on the market it was listed as a medium. When I questioned Rob Mortko about it, he said that it was now considered a small. I'm sure mine will always be a dwarf!
Irawon, here's a sneak peek of my new Jaz before it goes in the ground. I will post it on the proper thread whenever that happens!
Gary, I have read that Jaz is quite a slow grower. I'd actually put off purchasing it because only one eye plants seemed available. Once the nursery went to 40% off here, I figured I might as well get a start on growing it.
40% off is a good buy. I don't think you will regret this one. Mine is just two eyes now. It has rather long, approx 12", petioles with round leaves about 5-6" in diameter. I think it looks a lot like a miniature Sum and Substance. Nice bright contrast to other darker colors.
Well, I was doing a tiny bit of browsing on Hornbaker's and I saw a stunning Hosta called 'Sunshine Glory' , so I looked it up on plant files and none of the pictures were similar and so I came back to the 's's' and I don't see anyone that has it. Has any one ever heard of it and does any one have it and a picture to show here on this 'S' thread??
Thanks again Rose for sharing 'St.Paul' that Hosta was amazing and I will be looking for one!
I have a tiny tissue culture of it that I had thought was dead this spring after not making it over Winter in a pot. I found it growing in a pile of potting soil and had quite a challenge figuring out which hosta it was.
Oh yes, I love the pictures and you are right it probably looks different at different times of the year. I was discouraged because none of the real life pictures I saw seem to be as nice as the pictures on the Nursery's. I 'Goggled' it and saw a lot of pictures and also some bad reviews on the GardenWeb, they say its a horrible Hosta
So what did you do, dump the potting soil thinking the plant was dead then had it spring up again later?? Bet you were surprised! How is the baby doing now?
I got my 'Sunshine Glory' 2 years ago from NGP. I ordered 'Sun's Glory' and they sent this one by mistake. I think it's a really pretty one, but didn't get a good picture of it this year. Here's last year's picture.
I know there will be something from you that I'll want to add to my list next year! Would it be possible to list if these are available to the public or your seedlings? If I know that they aren't available then I won't drool so much!
'Stingray' R. Herold (ONIR) 2000
Plant: 48 in. (122 cm) diameter, 20 in. (51 cm) high; Mound; moderate.
Leaf: 15 in. (38 cm) long, 7 in. (18 cm) wide; 11 to 13 pairs of veins; medium green; heavy ripples; slightly shiny on top; very shiny underneath; rounded base;
Scape: 72 in. (183 cm) long; green.
Flower: tubular; N. Reading, MA - Summer Period;
Seed: sets pod; green seed pod;
[H. kikutti × H. montana]
Thank You for the reminder, I have been to the Hosta Library several times and hardly ever get information, just pictures. Even the information you (Eleven) posted does not say anything about sun tolerance, and that is why I ask real people about their experiences.
As for size, I am just going with the flow, It is what it is till I move it. :)
I usually use a spade and just slice at the edges of it - a couple of inches here and there. Do that regularly with my 'Undulata Albomarginata' which have been there forever and are mired in tree roots. Also 'Francee', 'Fortunei Aureomarginata', 'Warwick Curtsey', and I did it last year with 'Jewel of the Nile' when I realized I'd never be able to lift the whole plant. That's the only modern cultivar I've reduced that way, but most of my plants are small-medium and I usually lift them to divide them.
Rose...I will be posting plants that have been intro'd for sale on these letter threads. I got the 'Stingray' from Naylor Creek like 4-5 years ago. I don't think it has been in their catalog but Gary listed it on the Library Auction then. It would hurt to give them a call and see if they have it or any plant you might be searching for. They have lots that never get put on their catalog, some they just get a few of in and the ones that call and ask what they have that's new usually get them.