Pic of the Day--Queen Josephine

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Pic of the Day--Queen Josephine

Postby Hank Zumach » Aug 25, 2007 10:02 am

Hi All--Queen Josephine is the first of about 15 hosta varieties that are growing along a path that runs under a canopy of trees that allows some late afternoon sun to fall on some areas along the path. The beds along the path were planted beginning in 1999. Before then, this area was undeveloped forest floor. Queen Josephine was purchased in 2000 and planted in a spot that gets no direct sun. It's eye catching, shiny foliage grew slowly, with sizes, beginning in 2001, of 16x10, 25x15, 24x14, 28x12, 28x12, 29x14, and 27x12 this past summer. Apparently my plant will not reach the 42x17 size that Zilis lists for a mature plant. With substantial substance, QJ has had very little slug damage.

Registry - http://www.hostaregistrar.org/detail.php?id=5213&Variety=Queen%20Josephine
MyHostas - http://www.myhostas.be/db/hostas/Queen+Josephine
Hosta Library - http://www.hostalibrary.org/q/queen.html

The pix are from 2002, 2004, and 2007.
Queen Josephine 6-24-02c 146.jpg

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Queen Josephine 6-25-07c 036.jpg
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Postby newtohosta-no more » Aug 25, 2007 11:21 am

I loooooovvvvvveeeee QJ! I'm a sucker for the shiny ones and this one is as pretty as they get, IMO. :wink:
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Postby wishiwere » Aug 25, 2007 2:07 pm

Unfortunately mine appears to be shrinking! :eek: I'm thinking it's the maple we've allowed to grow in that bed. Bad choice. The tree has GOT to go! Love yours both! Great pics!
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Postby Patrushka » Aug 26, 2007 12:47 am

Beautiful pics! :cool: I love Queen Josephine. :D Mine looks like it's shrinking this year too. I think I'm going to move her. My Elizabeth Campbell was being choked by Oak roots in another bed and I think that might be QJ's problem too.
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Postby wishiwere » Aug 26, 2007 9:10 am

Funny isn't it? Hosta Vs. Trees, a can't live and can't live without relationship :???:
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Postby Dovid » Sep 03, 2007 4:04 pm

Is there a general recommendation about what trees to avoid when planting hostas? I can understand that a tree that provides dense shade would not be the best choice, and a tree that is a heavy feeder would compete with hostas. However, I have seen gardens where hostas were planted underneath French lilacs (themselves heavy feeders) and doing well. I have also seen hostas planted underneath an arbor on which clematis was growing. The hostas looked great despite or because of the abundance of filtered sunlight they received. I read that in the wild a lot of the hosta species grow in clearings rather than underneath a forest canopy. Perhaps we are siting hosta beds in too deep a shade.
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Postby Hank Zumach » Sep 03, 2007 4:16 pm

Hi Dovid--Welcome to Hallson's. :D The only group of trees that I am aware of to avoid is maples. Maples have a very extensive root system that makes growing any perennials under/near them difficult to impossible.
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Re: Pic of the Day--Queen Josephine

Postby Eleven » Nov 05, 2012 1:51 pm

'Queen Josephine', purchased in 2010 and barely survived a bunny attack with two tiny eyes, now finally getting some size:
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Re: Pic of the Day--Queen Josephine

Postby irawon » Dec 02, 2012 4:13 pm

My Queen Josephine is located in my problem hosta bed which I started in 2008 under spruce trees, not realizing that the root system of this type of pendulous spruce tree would stunt the growth of some of the hostas. Queen Josephine has been a tough little hosta increasing in size slowly. QJ's tag at purchase led me to believe that the mature size would be 12"H and 32"W. If I see that it is decreasing in size, I'm going to dig it up and line the planting hole with layers of newspaper to fend off the tree roots. That should work for a year or so. Mine gets dappled light and isn't bothered by slugs or earwigs.
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