Yes, it does green up like White Wall Tires. Thanks for that link. I think we're about a week ahead of last year's growth. Unfortunately we did have a freeze the first week of May last year. So, I'll just keep my fingers crossed that we make it through without any damage.
Hi,I drop in from time to time.I have a question about August Moon hosta. I have had it for 3 years and it has always done well.Last year it seemed to be struggling to put out the usual nice bouquet of leaves but this year it has disappeared altogether.
Has anyone had bad luck with this variety.
Joanne - I think it's waaay too early to write off any hosta as gone this year. When would you normally see your hostas? And when in that time frame does August Moon usually show up? Don't forget we are all experiencing warmer than normal temps, but it may just not yet be ready to brave the elements.
ge1836 wrote:Hi,I drop in from time to time.I have a question about August Moon hosta. I have had it for 3 years and it has always done well.Last year it seemed to be struggling to put out the usual nice bouquet of leaves but this year it has disappeared altogether.
Has anyone had bad luck with this variety.
Some people have been reporting a slight setback in some hosta primarily due to lack of water during the heatwave last Summer. Give it time. It is still early. The majority of mine are up and coming up but a few are still not showing yet.
Just staring to see hostas here. Crocus are done dafs are starting and tulips are thinking about blooming. Many things are growing, but the hostas are playing it safe. We are at least a month ahead of schedule and I am waiting for the other foot to drop, ie. frost/freeze to happen. Chance of frost next three nights here.
Leawood: thats the kind of growth and size I am looking for from the new slope garden.
Its not planted yet but Hallsons is sending
with a spattering of ferns:
I transplanted Guacamole split into three plants
Smaller variegated leaf found here
Divided Blue Cadet into 6 plants that are along the border
Its dry here too. I wish we would get 1 night of rain so I can see the hostas emerging.Some are up quite far and others are no-where.
I had a tree cut down in January. I am concerned that Mister. Watson wont like sun and another Gold Tiera has disappeared due to the trunk dropping on it.
I have not taken any images of my plants in Wisc, but most if not all are showing signs on life, even Aardvark, which i thought was dead.
here are a few from home [ IL ]
in the front -- cute little seedling, about 3 yrs old. I'm sure one of the "parents" is Ginko Craig ... has a nice pie crust edge.
then Queen Josephine, Paul's Glory [still unfurling] in the back is Regal Splendor [never fully recovered from when i divided it, and Patriot still making an appearance.
I picked Nancy up at NEw Hampshire hostas and it has grown quite well...this is year three for it. It actually is stuck in that pot, which is a problem! I meant to take it out and put it in the ground qt the end of last season but I could not get it out. I just turned the pot upside down for the winter. Yeah, it has fairly thick leaves- I only buy ones with good substance because of the scourge in my garden!
I added Golden Meadows last year, too- looking forward to seeing that one.
Noreaster - we have similar taste - last year I added Nancy, Liberty, Dancing Queen and a few others. I just received Golden Meadows, War Paint and Lakeside Paisley Print and a few others. Yep, got it bad!
Noreaster.I have a very small hosta in a pot with other plants.It never occured to me there would be an "outgrown" problem.I think I will plant larger hostas in a seperate pot in the planter so roots have nowhere far to go. I plant lilies like this. Then lift the pot out of the planter when I put them in the garden.
The problem with Nancy in the pot is that the pot has rounded sides which are wider than the opening. I put I wire basket in there before I put the hosta in. My plan was to lift the wire basket out and put it in the ground, but the roots have expanded so much that it's stuck. So I either keep it in there permanently or I have to break the pot to get it out, I think.
Ohhhh krapp. Looks like the pot would have to go if it was here at my house. I dont buy ceramic for that reason. The 2 planters I have are on the front porch and protected. I like fiberglass or some non clay composition.
Slanted sides were just a lucky choice. It didnt occur to me about the rounded form.
Your Nancy is a beauty, Noreaster and the brown pot really sets it off nicely. I like mine too, lovely yellow pretty well all season and not touched by slugs at all because the leaves have such thick substance. I bought Paisley Print and Dancing Queen last year. Jaz is on my wish list.
Noreaster, how deep is that pot. I bought a flexible blade from Lee Valley last year. It's used to cut plants loose from nursery pots. I don't think this one is long enough but perhaps you could find something similar at a hardware store.
Isn't it interesting ViolaAnn, I bought N for my friend Nancy three years ago too and at the time I liked it so much that a bought a second one for myself. I had actually been looking for H. "My Friend Nancy' at the time. I find N to be superior.
I agree with FranknJim - soak the pot in water, then use the hose to wash out enough dirt to allow you to pull Nancy out without destroying the roots. In my experience, hosta plants do even better when their roots are taken out of the soil and re-planted in new dirt.
Last Saturday I replanted my border of "Francee" because they had grown too close to the row of "Honey Bell" behind them. The soil in this area is very loose, so as I dug each plant, the roots lost most of the dirt ball I'd dug. I replanted them a foot away, splaying out the roots and watering them well after transplanting. They didn't skip a beat.
Lovely! I like the big ones- wish I could have more than I do. I picked up Blue Umbrellas a few years ago locally...but I really don't have room for it! I'm just in denial.
Good news on Nancy- I tugged on the wire basket and it looks like it will lift out now. I guess when I tried to pull it out it had already frozen, which made it hard. I was a real slacker at the end of last year, getting the garden properly put to bed. I also couldn't get Key West out of it's hypertufa planter and that one suffered- it's all stunted this year. Not sure why some can tolerate being left out in exposed pots better than others.
Those are lovelies, Rose. I have only one hosta that has completely leafed out - 'Coconut Custard', a mini. My 5b garden is way behind. 'Hideout' and 'Crumb Cake' are just starting to leaf out. Rose is in zone 5a and I'm in zone 5b. Her hostas are way ahead of mine.
I posted pictures of 'Hideout' and 'Coconut Custard' but only this picture shows up. Strange! I will try again.
Your garden is not far behind...mine is way ahead! Mine are all leafed out. Not as much frost damage as I expected!
I've had L. Love Affaire for 4 years and it's a pretty one! I had to move it this year because it was under a pine tree that dripped sap on it and made it look terrible! Darn the luck...it kinda fell apart so now I have 4 plants!
I found out that diluted ammonia that I use to kill slugs also cleans off pine sap. My Tokudama Flavocircinalis sits under a pine and I hate walking by and seeing that sap. Looks like its gonna be a great year for TF, but it's a long way from leafing out. It's been pretty cool, which has really slowed thngs down.
I replaced an oak leaf hydrangea (deceased (:-(() with new (to me) varieties of hosts - "Sum of All" and "Night before Christmas" - Let's hope they like the location - a shady berm covered with "Golden Tiara", "Sun Power", "Wide Brim", "Guacamole" and others (blue varieties).
Rose, yes, ten to one or fifteen to one is what I use on slugs, and that's what I squirt on the sap.
I don't know what I'm gonna do this year about the slugs. You guys may recall that I use pieces of lettuce in the garden which attracts the slugs, and then I go out and kill them with the ammonia spray- they are easy to find because they congregate around the lettuce. Well, our new puppy Dublin has decided that lettuce is FABULOUS, and he keeps going into my beds and stealing it. I feel like I can't spray ammonia because I don't want him to get sick if he eats it. I could just feed the slugs lettuce so that they don't eat my hosta but the population will get out of control, AND I have to get this bad dog to stop stealing it in the first place. He is driving me crazy!!!!
Noreaster I'm dousing my hostas with the ammonia bath as they emerge. Earlier I sprayed the pips with the ammonia solution but that is not good enough. You have to soak the earth with the solution otherwise it doesn't contact the slug eggs in the root system. I don't know whether you spray or douse early in the season. I plan to use diatomecious earth once the hostas have unfurled. I will apply it around foundation, tree trunks, tree roots, around anywhere slugs and earwigs might lurk and propogate. I've also noticed that I have a snail population in my garden beds. The snails are teeny. I wish I knew the life cycle of these critters in my zone 5b garden. It would make the eradication of these pests easier.
Irawon, every year I tell myself I'll do the slug drench, but I never seem to get around to it. I usually hunt them in the evening or morning, or during a rainy day, using the lettuce as bait, and then I spray them directly with the diluted ammonia.
I have been watering my clems and used a lots of pine straw around them. Today when I lifted up the straw, it was full of slugs, so I used my spray of amonia water and murphies oil. It is maybey a overkill, but I wanted them gone.
I noticed last year that the early amonnia drench cut down on the slug population, so this year I am being very diligent. I have a few hostas left to treat as I have to replenish my ammonia stock. Most of my hostas are starting to emerge but not many have unfurled. I drenched my ferns with evergreen fertilizer today. Tomorrow I'm treating my garden beds with corn gluten meal and then I can start with the creative stuff...dividing perennials , moving things around. I have a lot of seedlings of cushion euphorbia, Tradescantia, summer plox, sedum etc in my gardens to dig up and pot. That's the part of gardening that I enjoy most. What a glorious day today was and tomorrow it will be the same. Yeh God.
I believe in the slug drench too. Last year I didn't really get it done and then it was a wet year too. Had more than ever. This year, I've got half the garden done. I've found my Rubbermaid bucket holds about 10 litres to the top. The ammonia bottle is almost two litres. So I put 3 bottles of ammonia in a large garbage pail and add 6 buckets of water. Works quite well and covered about half of my garden. Tomorrow maybe, but it might not get time until Monday as there's a big bell concert tomorrow. (Irene - it's at 7 pm at Rideau Park United - handbell teams from 4 churches in a massed concert. Come hear us. Free admission, but a free-will offering0.
I see conflicting things about the size of Tokudama F, though I think it's supposed to be a smaller version of .frances Wiliams (and does not desiccate at the edges as FW often does). It's one of the few in my garden that is virtually ignored by the slugs. LOVE it. Mine has some big fat eyes this year so I'm getting a tad worried about the size.
I bought 'Tokudama Flavorcinalis' because it was described as 'one of the largest' - which it has not proved to be in my garden, so far. Mine are only one year old, however, so I'll withhold judgement until it's got a couple seasons on it. My "Jurassic Park' has taken three years to attain decent size and the one-year old 'Empress Wu' is still quite small. My 'giants' garden has several large specimen, so I hope to keep everything else in the 'very large' category to have balance and perspective.
I bought two Tokudama Fs in 2006...one is about 3' wide, I guess, and the other is about 10" smaller. Both are sort of squatty, so they are good in front of taller hosta. Here is the bigger of mine in front of Queen of the Seas
Beautiful T. Flavocircinalis, Noreaster. Mine is very slow growing. I understand that 'Linda Sue' is a sport of 'Frances Williams' and is supposedly not prone to burn. I relocated one of my 3 FW because of dessication burn to a location where its protected from the wind. That seems to have done the trick.
So the browning is from the wind? I was wondering why everyone say's it's the sun because it is supposed to be sun tolerant. Seems like everyone says something different. I'm very glad you found the answer, how confusing!
As for FW and the desiccation, I read all kinds of stuff. I don't think anyone truly knows definitively why it happens. I had mine in full shade, and it desiccated. I know a lady with some beautiful FWs right out by her driveway in full sun and hers did not desiccate. So in my humble, non expert opinion, it's not sun that causes it.
Wind makes more sense to me, too. Parhelion gets a little desiccation for me and that one usually takes a beating on a windy day with those big leaves.
Wish I could post pics. I have a large Alvatine Taylor, blue with yellow border, that takes quite a lot of sun in my garden without burning. This year it has a number of OP blue seedlings surrounding it.
I planted this Frances Williams 8-9 years ago and I've been disappointed by the burn or dessication on he leaves. Frankly, I thought it was due to my neglect as a gardener, so each year I'd vow to take better care of it, but still seem to have the same outcome.
I took this photo today, and you can see the leaf burn has begun already (and some slug damage too!). I have not used the ammonia solution - I usually put down Corey's in the spring and again in July - maybe I didn't get enough down this spring! In this location, I don't believe there is any sort of wind issue, so all I can think is the one hour (or so) of sun it gets each day, or not enough water in the bed, may be the cause. I'd like to move it somewhere, but I'm not sure I have a more favorable location.
Thunderbolt does well for you and four more eyes is impressive! I also love Maui Buttercups, I think I would like another one of those. I got a second 'June' this year and each is different so I don't feel like I have duplicate hosta's, just adding as many good performers as possible. Also it is slug resistant like the buttercups and I really like that. Most of the nurseries don't carry the Thunderbolt because it grows so slow, I will look around some more.
My camera doesn't do the colour of 'Ripple Effect' justice. I would call it delicious. However, I can't stop wishing to turn it around to give it a more balanced form. I'm hoping that will come with age