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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
May 22, 2012 8:11 AM CST
I'm late. But I'm finally planning a mail order. I'm am aware that some of my choices may be sold out but this is what I'm considering. I'm mail ordering from one nursery only and I'm choosing that one because I have a credit for some free plants because of photos that I allowed them to use. I DO also have an excellent hosta nursery 15 minutes away.

This is what I'm considering. I'd be very interested in your collective experience with any of these plants.

Alakazaam PPAF $16
Atom Smasher' $30
Baby Blue Eyes $15
Blue Mouse Ears Supreme' $45
Boyz Toy $16

'Cherry Tomato' $22
`Dancing Mouse' $25
`Dorset Clown' $55
`Foxfire Palm Sunday' PPAF $50
'Frisian Pride' $40

'Hands Up' $25
'Lakeside Reflecting Glass' $75
'Little Jay' PP19539 $16
'Little Stiffy' $15
'Moulin Rouge' $40

`Mouse Tracks' $40
`Nancy' $18
'Outrageous' $60
'Pixie Vamp' $20
`Rosedale Blend Master' $55

`Sparkler' $20
'Stand by Me' $25
'Well Shaked' $65
'Wheee!' PPAF $25
`Whoopee' $60
Ann

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Name: Julia
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springcolor
May 23, 2012 1:11 PM CST
Looks like a good list. I'm googling the names. Happy shopping.
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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
May 23, 2012 1:17 PM CST
I'd REALLY like to hear what experiences others have had with ANY of these plants. I've compared prices with my local hosta nursery and will get some locally. Have to determine whether the nursery that said I could have a couple free plants for the use of my pictures will let me choose which ones I get free.

I've eliminated 'Little Jay' and I've pushed the BME series to the bottom of the list. I already have several and after awhile they all look alike.

And then there's the appeal to ME factor. I've getting positive feedback re 'Foxfire Palm Sunday', but I'm not sure it appeals to ME.
Ann

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Name: Julia
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springcolor
May 23, 2012 1:27 PM CST
I had 'little jay'. Note had! Grumbling It is really little. Smaller that the mouse hosta. Looking forward to see what other think. I'm to new to hostas to be much help.
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Name: Diann
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May 23, 2012 3:30 PM CST

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My Little Jay croaked, just never thrived. Mind you, I still have Tattoo growing after five or six years so it's not like I can't grow a difficult hosta.
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
May 23, 2012 8:03 PM CST
I can only comment on a couple. I got Dancing Mouse From Naylor Creek
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I also got Snow Mouse which you didn't mention. Looks like if already reverting Angry
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I bought Wheee' at local nursery and think it will be nice in a couple of years. Hope the mature leaves are bordered with yellow.
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I love the Mouse Ears and have two beds.....
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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
May 24, 2012 8:50 AM CST
Paul - I already have 'Snow Mouse'. I've decided that so many of the "mice" are unstable or like each other that I'm not gonna get any more except maybe 'Mystic Mouse' someday because it's like 'Cat and Mouse' but brighter colour. My second 'Cat and Mouse' has already reverted.

Sooo, I bought 'Wheee!' and 'Sparkler' at my local nursery last night.

Edited because I had a couple of wrong names in here. The winners are:
'Dorset Clown'
'Frisian Pride'
'Hands Up'
Lakeside Reflecting Glass'
'Stand By Me'
Ann

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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
May 24, 2012 10:13 AM CST
Great choices Ann, I hope you enjoy all of them. Hurray!
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Name: Rose
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Rose1656
May 24, 2012 4:26 PM CST
Paul,

How long have you had 'Snow Mouse'? Mine looked like it was reverting the first year and I called them about it. They said that they would send me a new one, but when it came up the next year it was fine! I called them to tell them not to send the replacement, but they did anyway! Such sweet guys! You may want to call them to let them know, but it might be okay next year.

Rose

Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
May 24, 2012 4:55 PM CST
I got it in July 2 years ago. Will have to look to see how well (or not) it is doing this year. None of mine are growing very fast.
Ann

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Name: Rose
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Rose1656
May 24, 2012 6:37 PM CST
My 'Royal Mouse Ears' had two eyes that were reverting this year. Now I'm back to one eye. Where did you find a picture of 'Mystic Mouse', Ann? I tried searching, but can't find a picture. Sounds like one I will have to put on my list.
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
Hostas Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Composter Region: Canadian Clematis
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ViolaAnn
May 24, 2012 7:21 PM CST
I found it at http://www.goldenbrookhostas.com/ but they ship to Canada only. However, Cindy, who runs it is heading to the convention soon. She likely can't bring things across, but she might be able to ask questions on your behalf or give you suggestions where you could get it.
Ann

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Name: Diann
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May 24, 2012 9:06 PM CST

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It takes the mouse hostas a bit to decide if they like where they are planted. My BME stayed small for the first three to four years and this year she's about tripled in size. My other Mouse Ears are all coming along, slowly, but coming just the same.
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
Hostas Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Composter Region: Canadian Clematis
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ViolaAnn
May 24, 2012 9:35 PM CST
I have all of mine in a large planter and each winter, I put them into my veggie garden, I'm thinking it doesn't help them to be disturbed twice a year, though this past year, I potted each of them and sunk the pot in the garden. That way, I just slip them out of the pot in the spring and back into the planter.
Ann

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Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
May 25, 2012 6:44 AM CST
Thanks Ann for the website. I'm adding 'Mystic Mouse' and 'Moon Split' to my list! Hopefully they will be available next year here. Naylor Creek may have them now, but don't even want to look again!

Rose
Name: Christine
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Christine27360
Jun 8, 2012 12:33 PM CST
Of the one's you listed that I have, here are how mine are doing -- most are fairly new (last year or before)

Blue Mouse Ears Supreme' $45 - (Still streaking after 1 year in the garden and still 1 eye)
Dancing Mouse $25 - (Still happily dancing -- waving in leaf remains and still have 1 eye this year)
Foxfire Palm Sunday' PPAF $50 - (Nice leaf form and I have 2 eyes this year... good grower)
Lakeside Reflecting Glass $75 - (Just got this year from Ed - so far so good)
Little Stiffy $15 - (had a tough go of it getting started last year -- had to provide a little tlc... seems to have rebounded this year but very little)
Mouse Tracks - (DIED - didnt make it thru the first winter - Glare )
Pixie Vamp $20 - (Vigorous grower - healthy as a horse)
Sparkler $20 - just got this one this year -- planted underneath EmpressWu - so far so good!
Wheee! PPAF $25 - (Healthy and all curly - love this one. The margins are also becoming wider too)
Whoopee $60 (Healthy and good grower - streaking seems very stable!! Smiling )

Here is WHEEE! (Notice the curling all the way down the leaf stem to the eye!!)
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