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Blue Arrow

Postby hagranger » Aug 12, 2007 10:17 am

I've been busy culling photographs from my photo files and in going through my hosta photos came across this photo of Blue Arrow that I thought I'd share again.
Of all the oldies in my garden, Blue Arrow really impressed me and still does. It's always been consistently a good hosta and continues to look good the entire season ... not like that ratty Patriot/Minuteman bunch!
Even "foster mom" Wanda has fallen in love with it, although she says it's a bit more "green" where she has it. (Sorry, no current 2007 photos of this one) ...
In the evening light this hosta photographs with an almost unearthly blue like the attached photo shows.
Please correct me if I'm wrong (Wanda has my hosta baby books) ... if I remember correctly this is a Herb Benedict introduction.
I believe it is a 10 ft. rule hosta with its upright pointed leaves and good substance.
It likes to be in "high shade" and did very well in my former garden shaded by both a wooden fence and from harsh evening sun by a large globe arborvitae.

Hosta Registry - http://www.hostaregistrar.org/detail.php?id=669&Variety=Blue%20Arrow
MyHostas - http://myhostas.be/db/hostas/Blue+Arrow
Hosta Library - http://www.hostalibrary.org/b/bluea.html

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Postby MollyD » Aug 12, 2007 12:59 pm

That is a very striking plant! The closest to it that I have a Halcyon which had that same blue coloring until a few weeks ago.
I like it!

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Postby Rookie_Green_Thumb » Aug 12, 2007 1:02 pm

Very pretty indeed. I would agree with the 10ft. rule. That is an awesome blue :D
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Postby LucyGoose » Aug 12, 2007 2:35 pm

Wow, I like it too!!

Never heard of it....Thanks for sharing!! :D
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Postby Jamie » Aug 12, 2007 2:38 pm

Hi Helen,
It's a Ken Anderson plant but I do agree it's a very nice plant and fits the 10ft rule to me also. Another that's similar is Yankee Blue but it has a little darker blue color :wink:
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Postby Wanda » Aug 12, 2007 4:49 pm

I really do like this plant...or...ummm...plants. It broke into two pieces when being dug. This year one clump has 21 eyes and the other has 14 eyes - nice full clumps. Nice distinctive growth habit and very blue - at least until the recent heatwave/drought.

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Postby MollyD » Aug 12, 2007 6:07 pm

Wonder who sells that one? :-?

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Postby pauhaus » Aug 12, 2007 8:02 pm

Wow, very nice, Helen! :P
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Postby wishiwere » Aug 12, 2007 10:14 pm

:o That is a gorgeous blue! :D
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Postby digs57 » Aug 12, 2007 10:22 pm

This one's been on my wish list for a while. I like the upright blues very much. Salute, Kingfisher, and Blue Crinkles are other must-haves (and, do-haves for me :lol: ) in this class.
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Postby eastwood2007 » Aug 12, 2007 11:28 pm

That is a beautiful blue! Added it to my list...along with Yankee Blue that Jamie mentioned. I really like being able to see these in others' gardens and getting recommendations. I'm tired of buying things that don't perform.
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Postby hagranger » Aug 13, 2007 12:43 am

Wanda has my hosta book, so she'll have to check to see where I purchased it from ...

Jamie, thanks for the correction to Ken Anderson as the one who introduced Blue Arrow. Without my hosta book I'm sort of flying blind here.

I just remember that when I saw it I had to have it and I've not been disappointed by it. I definitely would recommend it.

My concern is always that with all the new introductions some of these very garden worthy oldies will be lost to the trade.

Blue Arrow is not finicky about being divided ... not like Niagara Falls ... and as Wanda said it "divides" readily into nice clumps (wink, wink) ...

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Postby Wanda » Aug 13, 2007 8:27 am

Helen: Your Hosta “Bible” says you got it from Weigold in ‘82.

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Postby hagranger » Aug 13, 2007 11:44 am

Wanda,
I was wondering when you'd step in (smile).
Weigold's is the nursery/greenhouse in Chesaning where I bought my very first hosta.
Does anyone have a recent Hosta Finder that they could look up Blue Arrow?
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Postby Patrushka » Aug 13, 2007 12:13 pm

It's a very pretty hosta, Helen! :cool:

From The Hosta Finder: H. 'Blue Arrow', K. Anderson, 82, 18", blue, white flowers, Average price $8.32, MANY LISTINGS
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Postby hagranger » Aug 13, 2007 12:35 pm

Pat,
Thank you.
I knew someone out there is cyberspace would come to the rescue for me.
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Postby Ginger » Aug 13, 2007 4:10 pm

WOW :o That is a great lookin blue!!! Neither one of my blues is blue now. Halcyon is dark green and Fragrent Blue is more green than blue now. They are not getting any direct sun, just "high" shade, but the heat is a killer.

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Postby baja220 » Aug 15, 2007 7:18 am

Helen, it's beautiful!!!!! And I just got it from Margery, my summer secret trade. Blue Arrow and Yankee Blue have been on my wish list for a few years and now I've got one of em.

Molly, Foxfire has it for 12 and Jim's has it for 8. I had that info on my wish list.
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Postby Linda P » Aug 15, 2007 7:39 am

Helen, that's a beautiful shot of a great older hosta variety.
I've had it for years, some years it is bluer than others.
LG...you were standing a couple feet from mine when Pat was taking the picture of George sitting in the hosta bed. :)
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Postby largosmom » Aug 15, 2007 8:22 am

Beautiful. I have a baby and its doing well this year, but not so blue yet. It's a lovely dark green, though. Maybe next spring!

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