The last message to this forum was Nov. 8. Are there any people left here? Or have they all gone elsewhere? I'm thinking of leaving because I get more discussion on the Hallson list.
Where IS everyone?
We are out of town and i promise to be more visible. I had not seen Sandy posting, how is she doing? I can never forget her hostas that is why she has tour in her garden.
I probably just added 30 cultivars to my collection but added 25 cultivars to my colocasia and alocasia collection.It is a never ending obsession!! LOL!!!
I lost a lot of hosta tags last year and had planned to get them identified but got side track with golf.
Have wonderful thanksgiving Day. We are with our children and hopefully our son in -law will get a job at Hopkins in Baltimore.
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Hi Ann, This forum has been kinda dead, I check in once in a while though! It seemed like some kinda mass exodus. I was invited to ATP someone said they need help with the Hostas and I have posted a lot of pictures and plant data to the data base. Right now I am mainly on cubits for the 'Hog wild seed swap', I really needed to get rid of some seed and I found them by accident actually, I joined back in June and they sent me an email saying they had sold the hosta forum, all before I could even introduce myself. I was baffled and that is basically when I got busy with Dave's Garden, before that it was just a data base to me for looking stuff up and that is why I joined. So anyway, I have seen several people from Dave's garden on both forums. I am watching 10 threads here, so I do check in once or twice a week. Please take care and keep in touch, I will check out Hallson's sometime, I do love their plants and they are one of my favourite places to shop on line.
Oh, guess what! They got the Hostapedia on Yahoo coop for 47.00 plus shipping. This is the new one that sells for 80.00 every where else, even on eBay it is the same. I got The Encyclopedia of Hostas, its an older book published in 2009 that has been updated. Got that on eBay for 18.00, free shipping. Do you have any hosta books?
Hi Bellie - Sandy has left DG, at least for now. The only place I've seen her posting is on Facebook. I DID see her in June when I helped her with a charity garden tour that included her gardens and in July when she was in town and we swapped a few plants.
Susan - I think I would not have renewed DG last July had it not been for my friends on the Coffee thread. I like Hallson, not only for the quality of the discussion, but it's also free. I'm on Cubits, but don't really like it much. And my extension, I'm also on the new gardening one, but I don't even remember what it's called.
Hosta books - got the Hostapedia when it was new; so I paid full price. I also have the small book about mini hostas, an older Color Encyclopedia and I recently came across a slim soft cover book that I forgot I had and don't remember the name. The Color Encyclopedia I really like because the hostas are arranged by colour.
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I did not find Sandy on Face book and if you email her or talk to her please extend my regards. Thanks,
Ann, I never heard of the coffee thread. I might check that out sometime along with Hallson's, definitely got to check out Hallson's. They were so good to me last spring, a guy named Chris I think. Love the hostas too.
bellieg, I haven't seen any post from you since Hurricane Irene! Did you see my thread and my tore-up hostas? I posted right before Ann's A-Z hosta show. Now its kinda buried. :( I have added more also, not sure how many, maybe 15 or so.
Coffee thread is over on the "Parking Lot". Just a bunch of people gabbing about nothing in particular. We put up a new thread every day and I've got the job for November. There is a group for the Ontario Hosta Society as well as Hosta La Vista over on FB and Sandy contributes to both at times.
I've also visited "All Things Plants" a few times today. More impressed than I was the first time I went there.
Oh, hey Ann. I was just over there commenting about how big the data base has gotten. The first time I looked at the hostas they were on page 5 and almost no data what-so-ever. I would click on any hosta and it would say zone 3, dappled sun and division as propagation method. I have added data as often as I can, I actually enjoy looking up stuff because it is helping me to learn about the different Hostas. Can't wait to get a day off so I can curl up with my new book, while I cook a turkey.
I watch 12 forums on DG but reads all the threads on hostas and yes I saw your pictures after Irene. Like I said we were prepared for the worse.DH did most of it making sure nothing will be carried by the wind !!!
Is there a way of giving me a link so I can talk to Sandy? Better still can you email me her email address privately? Thanks
I think you can still D-mail her through DG. People who don't pay are still on the membership roster, but can't participate in most forums.
I check in here too and lurk with reading about all the hosta things you all talk about. Our season ends early for us being zone 3.
I do appreciate all the knowledge on this thread and you have been most helpful.
Ann I have some of your seeds that became babies and next year will be year three so I'm really hoping to see some growth. All are in my Nurse bed for the winter.
I too have an older Hosta Encylopedia and the new one that was out on the Mini's. I reference both and the online tools when I need them.
Thank you for droping in annabell52. Glad to meet you! You are the first person I've ever met in zone3. What Hostas are working for you in zone3, from what I have read almost all of them are hardy to zone 3. Is that true?
I'm still here, but just pop in from time to time. We got a new puppy mid summer that sort of took my focus off gardening, especially when he had an unexpected health issue...also was quite busy with work, so I pretty much back burner-ed my garden interest until next Spring. I don't have much to talk about off season because I am officially out of room and get make wish lists or anything like that.
Hi Noreaster, I was wondering about you just recently. Puppy?? Say no more.
Thanks for the welcome!
I have found that most Hostas do well here and some of the ones who like more shade actually do well in sun as ours isn't generally as hot.
I have the regular's although I may get the names spelling wrong
Sum and Substance
I have a Moerheim but I am suspicious of him for Hosta Virus X as he was a Home Depot plant. I am watching him very carefully.
Fire and Ice
Little Sun Spot
Pineapple upside down Cake
And I just rescued two from a garden that was being torn apart due to an addition'
one had a tag Earth's Angel and the other I can't remember as it is now under snow.
I have quite a few Mini's too:
Eola Salad bowl
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Little miss Muffet
I have been also given some seeds from Viola Ann who has been most generous with her seeds and her knowledge. They will be at year three next spring and they are in my veggie garden which no longer has room for veggies.
I will have to see how the new little mini's do as I have them in a big pot in an unheated garage sunk into a huge pot of soil to help regulate the temp.
I think as long as they are covered with snow we are quite successful here even though we had a -50 something with wind chill and were the coldest place on the planet last year for one day.
Given all that our growing season can be fabulous with daylight from 5 am until 11 pm so things tend to grow right before your eyes. Even in winter we can have the bluest sky with bright sunshine too albeit not for very many hours.
Wow, that is so interesting. You just told me a lot of stuff I never thought of. That is a lot of daylight. I was thinking you could probably have all your hostas in full sun, that far north. Like in the south they might have sun tolerant hostas but keep them in the shade. It just never dawned on me that your days are that long!
You have a lot of the same hostas as me, do you have any planted in full sun? Or are the days too long?
Alberta, when you mention the bluest sky, I was wondering if you can see any stars?
ABAnn - you are amassing quite a good collection! And I only saw one or two spelling errors. LOL Enjoy the thoughts of your long summer days during the long winter nights.
Hi Ann -- I've just been so busy lately -- I can barely keep up. I dont do ATP, only one forum on Cubits, but mostly DG for me. Just no time to do much.
I added quite a few plus this past summer... i'm hoping they all make it, and got a few [2 maybe] streakers. Very excited about them.
I still LOVE my hostapedia... though i did leave it in Wisc, so i wont see it again until April. but i've loaned it out a few times, getting some folks more interested in hostas.
ps -- here is my "mice" purchased from 2011
the streaker Mouse Tracks was from the Skaggs auction
Days are so long you would have to have a wide open space to have full sun all day. I don't have any in Full Sun because I don't have that site available but I do have Sum and Paul in a West site that gets early Sun misses a few hours then gets sun the rest of the day as the Sun starts out at the front of my house and moves all around and ends back at the front of the house.
Yes we can see lots of stars and the Northern lights too. I believe I can hear them crackle even though I am in a city.
Thanks for asking.
Well, I tell you why I was so curious about your part of the world and you may not believe this but is the truth. When I was a little girl I would lay in the grass and look up at the heavens and there were a million stars you would never be able to count them all ! Now I look up at the sky and I see ten or so including the big dipper. :'((
It is a sad, sad thing and I wish I could see the stars again! I really miss it.
Hi all! I have enjoyed Ann's (VioAnn's) expertise in all things hosta on DG. As the hosta season came to a close and other urgent matters took priority, I haven't been as visible but that does not mean that I'm disinterested. I think we're all taking a well-deserved rest . Hope you remain on DG, Ann. Irawon.
LOL The hostapedia is an exceptional book, but it is too large and heavy to curl up with. I think it should come with it's own legs. Kind of wish it had come in 2 or 3 volumes!
LOL! It's my first Hosta book, got it on sale. I figure with some good gliders and a rope, I can drag it anywhere!
Still here! I stop by to check out the conversations, but it's been pretty quiet on here. I am enjoying the break from gardening, but must confess that I've already made a small order from Naylor Creek!
Rose, don't you have lakeside paisley print? If so, where did you get it? I was going to do an order from Naylor but they don't have it. Brenda
Brenda, try Josh at In The Country http://www.inthecountrygardenandgifts.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_7&products_id=707
Hi ViolaAnn and many other Hosta lovers.
I have noticed that I am challenged by other distractions lately and haven't spent much time participating on DG as I used to.
Hostas are the foundation of my small North - facing garden and I have a hard time limiting the number to only 31 varieties. The most spectacular is my 6 year old Sagae, getting larger every year! The most challenging is Fire and Ice. If anyone has good advice about that one I would be happy to read about it here. I don't do other plant sites, just DG and I recommend it to gardeners that ask for good resource sites when I volunteer as a Master Gardener here in Vancouver.
The image I've attached is Gypsy Rose, my favourite for visual interest in the leaf, and overall habit.
Thanks for the tip, Jeff. I had been thinking to go there - they have a special going on there too before the end of the year I think. They have lots of others I want. I told my son I wanted a gift certificate for hostas for Christmas.
a5footsea - we should get together sometime when I'm out in Vancouver visiting my daughter and family. She lives in the Commercial Dr. area of Vancouver.
Ann - that's a great idea! Does your daughter also garden? You are invited any time to see my little experimental plot, except winter of course ... it's looking very ratty and bare outside at the moment. If it snowed here, it would be prettier at least.
Would love to talk 'Hostas' with another fan.
Kathryn - my daughter, at the moment, is gardening little people! A 3 1/2 yr-old and one that will be 3 mos. in a couple of days. And it's OK with me if your snow stays away until well after Christmas. Would prefer flying w/o anxiety as to whether we can get there.
My niece is also named Kathryn- such a pretty name!
I actually did some garden work today, moving some potted around for the winter. It's been so mild here, I've really been dragging my feet on buring my pots and getting them situated. I was looking at my faux rock walls today and remembered that I still have to post a tutorial- I promise to do so in the early spring, which is when I usually work on that stuff in my studio.