Pic of the Day--Yellow River

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Pic of the Day--Yellow River

Postby Hank Zumach » Apr 22, 2007 12:08 pm

Hi All--Yellow River is one of the most striking varieties in our collection. It is one of the plants that many visitors comment on. It has also suffered through a serious critter attack that almost destroyed the plant. I bought YR in 1995. It has been growing in a spot that gets about 2-3 hours of sun. It did just fine, reaching a size of 69x32 in 2001. Then in both 2002 and 2003, it was afflicted with what I now believe was an iris bore that caused a fungal rot of the stems and crown. I finally successfully treated the plant with a systemic pesticide and fungicide and after a couple of years for recovery, last summer it made it back to 68x25, right in line with Zilis' listing of 66x30 and its appearance was as extraordinary as ever. Yellow River does need slug protection. The pix are from 6-24-02, just before the iris bore attack, 7-19-02, showing the effects of the ensuing rot, and June of 2006.

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Pic of the Day--Yellow River

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Postby newtohosta-no more » Apr 22, 2007 8:37 pm

My goodness, Hank! That last pic of YR is gorgeous! Maybe one day mine will be that beautiful. :???:

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Postby LucyGoose » Apr 22, 2007 9:21 pm

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Postby jgh » Apr 22, 2007 10:54 pm

Sometimes I think our relationships are a little like our relationships with people. They are highly dependent on circumstances and not always logical. I have friends from my past that, if I met them now, wouldn't have the qualities that would make me develop a new friendship at this phase in my life. Likewise, I am well aware that there are people who could have been close, but the timing just wasn't right.

That's been my relationship with Yellow River. It's a fairly common and relatively inexpensive hosta. When I was still early in my hosta collecting, I had Fortunei Auremarginata and Montana Aureomarginata, so when I read of a medium to large hosta with large green leaves and a yellow margin I kind of said "been there - done that" and passed on Yellow River. Then I fell in love with Abba Dabba Do, making YR even more redundant.

With the Shady Oaks / Lyndale windfall, when I added something like 250 cultivars in one season, I picked up a YR and put it in an out of the way spot... just to have one.

Then I visited Hank. I saw his YR from a distance... guessed it was some very special hosta, then learned that that giant showy specimen was actually the fairly common YR, given the right place and care... and if Hank's description isn't enough, I will verify that it is a knockout!

I don't have any pictures to show that don't just pale by comparison to Hank's. As you can see by N_T_H_N_M's pic, YR is one that doesn't show its mature character when it is younger. A potted division will not have the giant, gorgeous leaves of an adult plant - another reason people pass this by in the nursery rather than snapping it up and giving it a well-deserved place of honor.

History... developed by Eric Smith - famous for the Tardiana Grex and all those great blue hostas - in England years ago. Zilis notes that Peter Ruh registered YR for Eric Smith in 1993, but it has been around many more years than that.

Bottom Line - you may not have room for both Abba Dabba Do and Yellow River... but everybody should at least have one or the other and use it as a showpiece!
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Postby renaldo75 » Apr 23, 2007 9:29 am

It looked even better last year than it did in 2002, Hank!! :P 8-)
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Postby Tigger » Apr 23, 2007 10:30 am

Ditto, ditto. I think that Yellow River is a more beautiful (certainly more elegant) hosta than Abba Dabba Do, but the latter certainly has growth rate in its favor.
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Postby thy » Apr 23, 2007 2:38 pm

Elegant is the keyword for it.. got one spring 2005 and planted it in my sons garden.. and a Yabba Dabba Doo too after the pics showed here on the forum.

Just had to call him today, they have bought a nw house and have the old one for sale... the new one have a mall garden.. so did he still want to babysit for my hostas... sure wanted :D
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Postby playinmud » Apr 23, 2007 2:58 pm

That is a show piece, that's for certain! Thanks Hank. I'll have to look for a spot for one of those.

And now for some odd reason, I have the tune "Moon River" stuck in my mind. Sigh. :hmm:
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Postby jgh » Apr 23, 2007 7:20 pm

Hey, Donna... here's one for you!

And if I ever get a reverse sport from this one, there will be an H. 'Holly Golightly' :wink:

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Re: Pic of the Day--Yellow River

Postby irawon » Nov 27, 2012 3:24 pm

I don't have an Abba Dabba Do, but I did plant a yellow River in 2007.I love its upright habit and can't wait for it to get as big as Hank's.

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Re: Pic of the Day--Yellow River

Postby redcrx » Jan 19, 2013 7:16 am

I picked up Yellow River at the end of the 2011 season. It looks totally different as a young potted plant from the photos of mature plants.

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Re: Pic of the Day--Yellow River

Postby redcrx » Jun 10, 2015 11:16 am

This is one I had asked for help to ID.
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I was out weeding this morning and got a nice leaf photo.

Yellow River:
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Re: Pic of the Day--Yellow River

Postby Esox » Jun 10, 2015 9:00 pm

Yellow River began my love affair with hostas. I was thinking about buying some because we have a lot of shady areas, but I didn't know much about them. So I took a visit to Savory's and toured their display area. I was astounded by a Yellow River I saw there. It was so large, so elegant. And I wanted one.

I've had a few misfortunes with Yellow River since then, but I think things are finally coming together and I now have one in a place it could grow. I also bought Abba Dabba Do about the same time and it grew like a weed and was the largest hosta in the yard for a long time before it began to deteriorate. I finally dug it up, saved several good eyes and transplanted it. Now it is about to get serious again.

Times have changed over the years and a person walking around our yard today wouldn't notice either of these hostas.
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Re: Pic of the Day--Yellow River

Postby redcrx » Jun 21, 2016 12:37 pm

Yellow River is taking over the space. There is a Regal Supreme getting crushed.
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Here it is in the group setting. Dick Ward is on the left.
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And here is the Regal Supreme hiding under Yellow River.
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Re: Pic of the Day--Yellow River

Postby redcrx » May 27, 2017 10:07 am

Yellow River this season - it may be the biggest hosta I have.
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