04-11-2013, 08:32 AM
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Extra Small Variegated breaking ground -- "Parent" (original) plant over 100 years old



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June Fever beginning to leaf out



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Paul's Glory starting to show some new leaf growth



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Rainforest Sunrise starting to rise above ground



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Small Variegated breaking ground -- "Parent" (original) plant over 100 years old

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 04-11-2013, 08:41 AM
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Good photos, thanks for sharing them. I've always appreciated how forgiving Hostas are of my neglect and mismanagement, and I love their variety. On one garden walking tour I once saw at least 200 varieties in one yard, all attractive.

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 04-11-2013, 08:45 AM
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Great pics, Mike! Enjoy your spring!Biggrin

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 04-11-2013, 09:50 AM
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I just noticed mine coming back in the container from last year. They are 'just Hosta'...I can't keep track of the varieties like you do!
That's interesting.....How did you get the history to know the plant is over 100 years old? Is the house in the family, or from previous owners?

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 04-11-2013, 10:04 AM
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Gents, thank you for the kind words regarding the photos.

John, I completely agree with you, Hostas tend to be real bullet-proof plants (as long as they're not planted out in full-sun) and the various sizes, colours, textures, etc make for great variety.

Wow! over 200 varieties in one garden is some collection and must've been a spectacular sight to see. I only have 11 varieties in my modest Hosta garden.

You may enjoy this video...





Edit: Fixed grammar.

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 04-11-2013, 10:34 AM
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Great photos, Mike. Looking forward to seeing the progress of the plants. Smile

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 04-11-2013, 10:36 AM
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(04-11-2013, 09:50 AM)Bowhnter Wrote: I just noticed mine coming back in the container from last year. They are 'just Hosta'...I can't keep track of the varieties like you do!
That's interesting.....How did you get the history to know the plant is over 100 years old? Is the house in the family, or from previous owners?

Hi Mike

I'm only able to give names of all the plants in my garden because I keep a comprehensive log of everything in the garden and exactly where it's planted... and "yes" the wife thinks I'm a freak, crazy person, for doing so, but truth be told she also finds that particular side of me appealing for some strange reason.

Toward the end of August 2011 I was given five Hostas from a very! kind, friendly neighbour -- I'd previously commented to them how nice their Hostas looked running around the perimeter of their home. They (he) told me, all the Hostas in their garden were originally ("Parent" plants) planted by his Great Grandfather over 100 years ago, at a different property, about 7 to 8 miles away as the crow flies.

Above, where I say "given five Hostas", I mean the neighbour allowed me into their garden to divide any Hostas I wanted to take for my own garden.

You may wish to take a look at this old thread...

Take care, Mike

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 04-11-2013, 10:45 AM
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Mike, where would we be without a touch of OCD? Tongue

(04-11-2013, 10:36 AM)mikeperry Wrote:
(04-11-2013, 09:50 AM)Bowhnter Wrote: I just noticed mine coming back in the container from last year. They are 'just Hosta'...I can't keep track of the varieties like you do!
That's interesting.....How did you get the history to know the plant is over 100 years old? Is the house in the family, or from previous owners?

Hi Mike

I'm only able to give names of all the plants in my garden because I keep a comprehensive log of everything in the garden and exactly where it's planted... and "yes" the wife thinks I'm a freak, crazy person, for doing so, but truth be told she also finds that particular side of me appealing for some strange reason.

Toward the end of August 2011 I was given five Hostas from a very! kind, friendly neighbour -- I'd previously commented to them how nice their Hostas looked running around the perimeter of their home. They (he) told me, all the Hostas in their garden were originally ("Parent" plants) planted by his Great Grandfather over 100 years ago, at a different property, about 7 to 8 miles away as the crow flies.

Above, where I say "given five Hostas", I mean the neighbour allowed me into their garden to divide any Hostas I wanted to take for my own garden.

You may wish to take a look at this old thread...

Take care, Mike

Edit: Fixed grammar.

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 04-11-2013, 11:09 AM
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(04-11-2013, 10:45 AM)freddy Wrote: Mike, where would we be without a touch of OCD? Tongue

Hi Freddy

As I constantly remind the wife, I don't have OCD, I have OCPD Tongue

Take care, Mike

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 04-11-2013, 11:24 AM
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(04-11-2013, 11:09 AM)mikeperry Wrote:
(04-11-2013, 10:45 AM)freddy Wrote: Mike, where would we be without a touch of OCD? Tongue

Hi Freddy

As I constantly remind the wife, I don't have OCD, I have OCPD Tongue

Take care, Mike

And of course you'd be right. 24

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 04-12-2013, 07:47 AM
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(04-11-2013, 11:24 AM)freddy Wrote: And of course you'd be right. 24

Hi Freddy

In my mind "yes" Biggrin but the wife tells me I'm wrong all the time Rolleyes

Take care, Mike

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 04-12-2013, 09:19 AM
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Never EVER argue with SWMBO. Wink

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 04-12-2013, 11:30 AM
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(04-12-2013, 09:19 AM)freddy Wrote: Never EVER argue with SWMBO. Wink

Hi Freddy

See! that there is my problem, I can't help myself, I have to argue (with her) Biggrin

Take care, Mike

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 04-23-2013, 12:35 PM
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Photos taken Sunday 21st April 2013...

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Blue Mouse Ears



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Large Variegated -- Given to me in 2009 (from Alpha son's elementary school)



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Orange Marmalade



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Rainforest Sunrise



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Extra Small Variegated -- "Parent" (original) plant over 100 years old



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June Fever

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 04-27-2013, 02:31 PM
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Mike, our hostas are just now "coning" out of the ground. Not "coming" out. You know what I mean, they look like little green cones poking through the surface of the soil.

The Trilliums are further along than that. Lots of greenery showing with those.

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 04-27-2013, 05:38 PM
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Hey Mike,

I notice you have a specimen of "June Fever". It's a lovely sport of "June"!

There is another sport of "June" called "Remember Me" Which was named for a friend who passed away from breast cancer. She was an incredible grower!!! I miss seeing the rows of hosta in the greenhouses all done from tissue culture to produce enough plants to start marketing them through traditional divisions.

Glad to see spring in the air!

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 04-30-2013, 09:45 AM
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Brian, good to hear Spring weather is finally arriving where you are and signs of new life are "coning" up Smile

Eric, I'm sorry to hear about your friend. If you have any photos of "Remember Me" or photos showing the work she done with Hostas I would love to see them...

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 05-01-2013, 11:08 AM
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2013-04-30: Hosta garden waking up nicely



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2013-04-30: Hosta June Fever (posted for Eric)



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2013-04-30: Probably my favourite Hosta, plus its name always reminds me of my mum "Orange Marmalade"



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2013-04-30: It might be tiny, but Hosta Blue Mouse Ears is a looker



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2013-04-30: It might be tiny, but Hosta Blue Mouse Ears is a looker

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 05-02-2013, 11:09 AM
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(04-30-2013, 09:45 AM)mikeperry Wrote: Brian, good to hear Spring weather is finally arriving where you are and signs of new life are "coning" up Smile

Eric, I'm sorry to hear about your friend. If you have any photos of "Remember Me" or photos showing the work she done with Hostas I would love to see them...

Hey Mike,

Thanks for updating the pics! They look like they are going gangbusters!!! Superb job on the new garden area. It looks fantastic and should be easy to maintain.

Here is a link to a page about the "Remember Me" Hosta and Sandy.
http://www.waltersgardens.com/growerscor...rials.aspx

I'll have to dig back over a decade to see if I can find any photos from back then Smile

Beautiful work my friend!

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 05-03-2013, 06:14 AM
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(05-02-2013, 11:09 AM)Nickadermis Wrote: Thanks for updating the pics! They look like they are going gangbusters!!! Superb job on the new garden area. It looks fantastic and should be easy to maintain.

Here is a link to a page about the "Remember Me" Hosta and Sandy.
http://www.waltersgardens.com/growerscor...rials.aspx

I'll have to dig back over a decade to see if I can find any photos from back then Smile

Beautiful work my friend!

Hi Eric

Thank you for the kind words Smile

Thank you for the "Remember Me" Hosta link Thumbsup I really like the look of it and will see if I can pick one up and find room for it in my Hosta garden (might have to rearrange a little bit to give it the room it needs).

Take care, Mike

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