02-21-2015, 11:44 AM
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  • mikeperry
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This year (2015) I should find out if we lost up to four Hostas last year. After quite a bit of research, I am thinking we might have lost two of them to voles (eating everything below ground).

The following photos are an update to Hosta garden beginning to wake up...

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2014-04-16: Hosta 'Chruch Mouse'



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2014-04-20: Hosta Large Variegated -- Given to me in 2009 (from Alpha son's elementary school)



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2014-04-22: Hosta 'Frosted Mouse Ears'



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2014-04-25: Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'



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2014-04-25: Hosta 'Chruch Mouse'



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2014-05-01: Hosta 'Frosted Mouse Ears'



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2014-05-01: Hosta 'June Fever'



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2014-05-01: Hosta 'Orange Marmalade'



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2014-05-15: Hosta Garden -- Three years on from installing Hosta garden



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2014-05-15: Hosta Garden -- Three years on from installing Hosta garden

Two of the Hostas we might have lost (due to voles) can be seen on the right hand-side of this photo



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2014-05-18: Thanks to a good neighbour, this part of the Hosta garden received a rock facelift



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2014-05-28: Hosta 'Frosted Mouse Ears'



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2014-06-16: Hosta Large Variegated -- Given to me in 2009 (from Alpha son's elementary school)

This Hosta is now over 6ft wide and 3ft tall



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2014-06-20: Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'



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2014-06-20: Hosta 'Chruch Mouse'



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2014-06-20: Hosta 'Paradigm'



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2014-06-20: Hosta 'Twilight'



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2014-06-23: Hosta 'Rainforest Sunrise'



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2014-06-29: Hosta 'Orange Marmalade'



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2014-07-04: Hosta Medium Dark Green -- "Parent" (original) plant over 100 years old



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2014-07-25: Hosta 'June Fever'

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 02-21-2015, 02:20 PM
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Beautiful photos, as always, Mike.  Good luck with the Hostas this year and I hope you didn't lose too many of them.

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 02-21-2015, 02:31 PM
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Great pics, Mike!  Smile

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 02-21-2015, 03:16 PM
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If you need a recipe for vole pie I have a good one. Of course it states that if voles are in short supply one can use sausages. Just a bit of Maine humor.

Nice pix. Are those pix of hostas emerging now? If so, I'm a bit jealous. Our weather is still arctic like.

Did anything ever happen with the Japanese lilac seeds? Or were they mules?

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 02-21-2015, 03:45 PM
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Brian, according to the dates Mike posted I think these were from last summer.  I hope Mike will keep us posted on the current "crop." Winky

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 02-21-2015, 04:00 PM
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Nice, Mike...I like hosta but it seems it's too hot down here.

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 02-21-2015, 09:40 PM
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Thanks Freddy. I didn't check the date. I thought Missouri would still be under winters heel.

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 02-22-2015, 11:30 AM
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We have hostas coming out the wazoo; perhaps we need a couple of your voles.

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 02-23-2015, 11:14 AM
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(02-21-2015, 03:16 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: If you need a recipe for vole pie I have a good one. Of course it states that if voles are in short supply one can use sausages. Just a bit of Maine humor.

Nice pix. Are those pix of hostas emerging now? If so, I'm a bit jealous. Our weather is still arctic like.

Did anything ever happen with the Japanese lilac seeds? Or were they mules?

Hi Brian

Thanks for the recipe offer, but I think I will pass at the moment Tongue

All of the above photos were taken last year (2014). Currently we are not as cold as you guys, but we are more than cold enough for this soft south Londoner Rolleyes

Blush All the sends are still stored away safely in the fridge Blush Sometime within the next couple of weeks I promise I will plant six of them and see what happens. I will keep you posted...

Take care, Mike

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 02-23-2015, 11:21 AM
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(02-21-2015, 04:00 PM)Bowhnter Wrote: Nice, Mike...I like hosta but it seems it's too hot down here.

Hi Mike

You guys definitely get a little too warm down there. Here, unless Hostas are properly placed, you start to see them burn (fall-over, die-back) by mid June...

Hostas may do ok! where you are, if they are planted in deep (deep) shade, plus if you are careful and select varieties that can take the sun (tolerate the heat) a little better than most...

Take care, Mike

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 02-23-2015, 11:29 AM
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(02-22-2015, 11:30 AM)Rufus Wrote: We have hostas coming out the wazoo; perhaps we need a couple of your voles.

Hi Bryan

If it turns out to be voles, you are more than welcome to have our ones, just give me your shipping address Eusa_whistle

As you probably already know, Hostas are (very!) easy -- to care for (given the right conditions), dig up, divide, thus making them great plants to giveaway to friends, neighbours...

Take care, Mike

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 02-23-2015, 01:49 PM
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(02-23-2015, 11:29 AM)mikeperry Wrote:
(02-22-2015, 11:30 AM)Rufus Wrote: We have hostas coming out the wazoo; perhaps we need a couple of your voles.

Hi Bryan

If it turns out to be voles, you are more than welcome to have our ones, just give me your shipping address Eusa_whistle

As you probably already know, Hostas are (very!) easy -- to care for (given the right conditions), dig up, divide, thus making them great plants to giveaway to friends, neighbours...

Take care, Mike

The problem we seem to have is an abundance of riches.  A couple of years ago I rearranged the hostas in our back garden; took some out completely and moved a few to other spots.  Last summer the places where I moved or took the hostas from sprouted new hostas, which means I must have left pieces of the plants in the the ground.  I've always had succes with hostas, but this is ridiculous.  Maybe I could bring your voles in under our refugee programme.

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