Pic of the Day--Frances Williams

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Pic of the Day--Frances Williams

Postby Hank Zumach » Sep 04, 2007 12:07 pm

Hi All--Having Frances Williams can be a bitter sweet experience. It can be a great plant.....if only it wouldn't burn out so badly. I have 2 of them and finally gave up on one a few years ago and replanted it off in the nether regions of the garden. It turned so ugly each year I just did not want to have it where it would be easily seen. The "bad" plant received less sun ( a couple of hours in the morning) than the "good" one (2-4 hours in the afternoon). The plant in today's pic does get a small amount of burn out, as seen in the pic from this past summer, but overall it shows why Frances Williams remains a popular variety. This plant was purchased in 1993. Over the last seven years its size has varied from 73x28 to 56x22, about in line with Zilis' listing of 63x28. Slugs have never been a problem.

Registry - http://www.hostaregistrar.org/detail.ph ... 20Williams

MyHostas - http://myhostas.be/db/hostas/Frances+Williams

Hosta Library - http://www.hostalibrary.org/f/francesw.html

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Postby wishiwere » Sep 05, 2007 8:29 am

:eek: Oh my! I really must read about a hosta before transplanting! UGH! I just transplanted this last summer from an area that received too much sun, and thus was burning a little. Thing is, I did NOT give it any room! I suppose with the added root competition, It had NOT grown as large as I thought it would to be large, and thus stuck it where it will over take all others surrounding if reaches any of those sizes! Oh MY!

But Hank, As always, your's is beautiful! I really like mine, it has done well, with only minimal burning after the move. Thanks for sharing your handsome :D
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Postby jobranch » Sep 05, 2007 7:46 pm

I like Francis Williams so much that I purchased a second one this year for a different bed. It's shape is soooo good that I did not want to divide it. This is one of my favorites. Also, my FW is two years old. First year, no burn, but this year I have had some.

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Pic of the Day-Frances Williams

Postby sownsew » Sep 06, 2007 10:32 pm

Lovely!
This one gets 2-4 hours of afternoon sun?
Hot, early afternoon, or cooler (?) late afternoon (after 4)?
Think I need to re-locate my FWs, too.
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Postby Hank Zumach » Sep 07, 2007 11:34 am

Sownsew--Depending on the time of year and where the sun is, it probably gets as little as 2 hours and up to maybe 5-6 hours. The sun that does hit this spot would be from mid to late afternoon..
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