Last year vs. this year

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Last year vs. this year

Postby viktoria » Apr 10, 2013 12:40 pm

For lack of better things to do, I'll post some of last year's photos of hostas I (particularly) eagerly anticipate seeing again. 'Frost Giant' shows great promise and I hope it will have a couple more eyes and be a fuller plant.

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Re: Last year vs. this year

Postby Chris_W » Apr 11, 2013 9:37 am

Last year the hostas were all up here at this time, and 20 days later we would be hit with a hard freeze overnight after a dry, windy day that just devastated our hosta growing areas. Sales in May plummeted due to all the damage. The good news is that one year later we are digging some of the largest hostas we've seen in a while for this time of year (before the buds swell or any new roots start growing) and I think we will have a really good growing season. I don't mind if things stay dormant until the danger of frost has passed, though I'm excited to see the plants after they've leafed out too :)
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Re: Last year vs. this year

Postby ViolaAnn » Apr 11, 2013 10:56 am

I'm also looking forward to a slow spring. I don't need another year of late frost damage.
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Re: Last year vs. this year

Postby thy » Apr 12, 2013 5:45 am

I know, I know, but it is darn hard to wait and wait for months. Normally I would take the change and start planting the first pots with in a few days... Not this year.
Are you dividing hostas this time of year ?
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Re: Last year vs. this year

Postby viktoria » Apr 12, 2013 7:23 am

'Glen Fetish' is one of my introductions.
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Re: Last year vs. this year

Postby ogrefcf » Apr 12, 2013 7:41 am

I've got quite a few I'm excited about. The first time I ordered from Chris was three years ago, so a lot of leap year Hosta. I notice one of my Libertys coming up with four eyes and a Sagae too. I'm going to go out today and get a good count and some pictures.
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Re: Last year vs. this year

Postby Schattenfreude » Apr 12, 2013 3:49 pm

Same here, Owen. But after the severe heat & drought last summer, I'm not quite sure what to expect this year. I'm still planning to lift as many as possible and amend the soil. Some may have to wait till the fall or next year. Thus far, I'm seeing pips poking through the ground, but only Venetian Blue has started to unfurl a few leaves. Even montana Aureomarginata is showing signs of life and I thought for sure it was a goner :-)

Viktoria, Glen Fetish is a beautiful hosta!! I can't recall any vase-shaped hostas with yellow leaves. So thank you for the introduction!! Do the leaves keep at least a chartreuse tone when in full shade? We don't dare plant hostas in full sun down here....

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Re: Last year vs. this year

Postby kaylyred » Apr 13, 2013 2:08 pm

Wow, 'Glen Fetish' is amazing! I've been looking for an upright yellow or chartreuse hosta, and that one's beautiful.

Kevin, an upright yellow I'm looking into this year is 'Krugerrand,' in case way can't get our hands on 'Glen Fetish.' :)

I'm okay with the slow start to spring, too. I've got my first hellebores starting to bloom, which eases the pain of this cold, dreary April a little bit. Daffodils are up a few inches, too. And (I say this every single year)...I wish I'd planted crocuses. :roll:
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Re: Last year vs. this year

Postby viktoria » Apr 14, 2013 6:31 am

Viktoria, Glen Fetish is a beautiful hosta!! I can't recall any vase-shaped hostas with yellow leaves. So thank you for the introduction!! Do the leaves keep at least a chartreuse tone when in full shade? We don't dare plant hostas in full sun down here....

Kevin in KC[/quote]

GF is very sun-tolerant and does well even in full sun in zone 5. The specimen in the photo gets virtually no direct sun at all but the location is otherwise bright.

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Re: Last year vs. this year

Postby viktoria » Apr 14, 2013 10:47 am

When a couple of trees were removed, 'Eric's Gold' was left in too much sun. It is a wonderful spot of color in the early season, but suffers in hot weather. It is on my list of plants to move ASAP; that list does not seem to be getting any shorter.

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Re: Last year vs. this year

Postby viktoria » Apr 18, 2013 7:35 am

Still only one hosta eye showing, except for those that are frost-heaved :wink: , so here is another photo from last year. The name 'Inspire Greatness' does not inspire me, but this is one beautiful hosta!

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Re: Last year vs. this year

Postby viktoria » Apr 18, 2013 3:36 pm

Here's a bunch of oldies-but-goodies. A path through them is completely overgrown so I really have to move some.

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Re: Last year vs. this year

Postby rufie98 » Apr 18, 2013 8:18 pm

Victoria, your garden looks amazing!
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Re: Last year vs. this year

Postby ogrefcf » Apr 18, 2013 9:14 pm

rufie98 wrote:Victoria, your garden looks amazing!
I second that, beautiful!
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Re: Last year vs. this year

Postby viktoria » Apr 19, 2013 5:27 am

Thank you!
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Re: Last year vs. this year

Postby kaylyred » Apr 19, 2013 2:01 pm

Wow! When my garden grows up, I hope it looks even remotely like yours. :o
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Re: Last year vs. this year

Postby thy » Apr 19, 2013 7:26 pm

When will 'Glen Fetish' be on the market ?
And what about the others :-?
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Re: Last year vs. this year

Postby viktoria » Apr 20, 2013 6:00 am

Only originator stock available so far, and it sells out each year.

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Re: Last year vs. this year

Postby thy » Apr 20, 2013 5:34 pm

So I have to send you a suitcase to put it into :D :-?
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Re: Last year vs. this year

Postby boops » Apr 20, 2013 7:00 pm

That Glen Eyeful Tower (love the name) must give Empress Wu a run for its money. Beautiful garden! I'm hoping for mine to look 1/4 as good as yours in time. :D :D Right now my garden looks like a tag graveyard all tags and a smattering of Daff's. :lol:
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