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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Jun 29, 2013 12:53 PM CST
We've had a LOT of rain this spring and the hostas are loving it. But I'm also having lots of stuff drop off my trees; so please excuse a few pics that show some of that stuff.

'Allegan Fog' - June 17'
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'Alligator Shoes' - June 25
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'Ani Machi' - June 17. This was the last pic before I destroyed the plant. It was new to me in 2006 and just this year it looked a bit funny. I brought in a leaf and it kicked around my kitchen for a couple of days until I ran a rest strip on it - POSITIVE for HVX and the signs were very, very subtle. It's probably been infected all that time. Hope I haven't infected something else. I've not had a positive HVX ID since 2007.
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'Allan P. McConnell' is fast growing, easy to divide and makes a great border along the driveway.
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My new garden arbor replaces a shrub I dug out a few years ago. This is the east side of my house and it's about 12' away from the neighbour's garage which also has white aluminum siding. Since the shrub was north of the hostas, I didn't think it helped them, but ever since I dug it out, the hostas have fried. I decided that the shrub had broken up the reflection of sun between the houses. The arbor does the same thing. Win-win situation. A craftsman at church built it for me and it's very, very sturdy. I paid him what I'd have paid to buy a good one and he donated everything above his costs to the building fund at our church (considerable since we just finished a huge renovation).
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'Aristocrat' was moved to this location last autumn. 'Remember Me' is to the right and they look wonderful together. Thumb of 2013-06-29/ViolaAnn/8d6804

'Bell Ringer' came as 'Liberty Bell' a few years ago, but had already stabilized. That's OK with me as I was honoring the members of the handbell team I direct who gave me a gardening gift certificate. This seems a fast-growing, happy plant.
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Ann

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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Jun 29, 2013 1:03 PM CST
'Blue Cadet' does well in this very dark corner where many hostas have tried to grow and failed. Little, by little it's being converted into a border.
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'Blue Ice' is a little blue hosta, fairly slow growing, but gradually increasing.
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'Blue Ivory' will be dug and moved later this summer as it simply isn't growing. 4 years in my garden.
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'Brother Stefan' has been in my garden a few years and it's growing by leaps and bounds.
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'Bulletproof' - or at least that's what Chris Wilson says I can call it. It has all come from 'Touch of Class'. Growing well and with very good substance.
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'Charlotte's Web' acquired late in 2011. Flanked here by 'Fire Island', 'Red October' and 'Paradise Island'. Some of this plant stabilized last year and it looks as though more of it may be doing that.
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'Cherry Tart' was new at the same time as 'Charlotte'. Found a spot in the garden for it last autumn, but have not yet had a chance to mulch this year. It's growing very well and the base of the petiole is bright red.
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Ann

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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Jun 29, 2013 1:15 PM CST
'Christmas Pageant' got off to a very slow start in my garden but is doing well now.
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'Country Mouse' is a different family from BME and I like it better than any of the BME family. Unfortunately, I lost my original one last winter, but this new replacement is doing very well indeed.
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'Curly Fries' is still in a pot. New in 2012, I like it a lot.
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'Cutting Edge' was supposed to be a medium-sized hosta, but nobody seems to have told it that. This is maybe the largest hosta I have (I don't have many as I'm on a city lot).
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'Dancing With Leila' continues to do well. This is my own seedling from 'Last Dance' but seems to be nearly identical to a related plant, 'Dance With Me'. I've named it as a tribute to both its heritage and for one of my granddaughters.
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I'm calling this one 'Dee's Golden Jewel' but it was divided out of my 'Jewel of the Nile' last autumn.
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'Deja Blu'
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Ann

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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Jun 29, 2013 1:25 PM CST
'Diana Remembered' is an attractive plant with a spectacular white bloom. Huge and slightly fragrant.
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'Dragon Tails' is VERY tiny - only a few inches in diameter.
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'Eleanor Lachman' was new in July 2012 and is doing well. I bought this as a memorial to a friend named Eleanor. Thumb of 2013-06-29/ViolaAnn/121afd

'Emerald Ruff Cut' I've had for a few years and the leaves are HUGE, but there's still just one eye. Hoping those huge leaves will translate to more eyes next year.
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'Fire Island' gets morning sun and instead of turning green, it tends to lighten to white. Fast growing for me. Thumb of 2013-06-29/ViolaAnn/6d8efd

'Fortunei Aureomarginata' is an old variety which I like. This one is quite mature.
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'Fragrant Bouquet' - another older variety which is lovely. This one has grown a lot but is showing a bit of dessication this year. I'm expecting a heavy, fragrant bloom with all the rain we've had.
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Ann

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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Jun 29, 2013 1:34 PM CST
'Francee' was moved and divided last autumn. Now I have two nice plants.
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'Fujibotan' has masses of shiny green foliage and later in the summer many double lavender flowers.
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'Gemini Moon' was divided 2 years ago and has not quite caught up to where it was, but is getting close.Thumb of 2013-06-29/ViolaAnn/7e706b

'Ghost Spirit' never mists up completely in Ottawa.
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'Great Expectations' is one of my oldest plants and one of my slowest growing.
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'Halcyon' - I divided this a few years ago to see if it would grow faster in a different location, but it doesn't.
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'Hands Up' is a cute little sport of 'Praying Hands' that was new to me in 2012.
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Ann

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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Jun 29, 2013 1:50 PM CST
'Harpoon' is getting fairly large. It is an unruly mound, sort of free-form and I like it a lot. Thumb of 2013-06-29/ViolaAnn/f725e5

'Heavenly Tiara' is a very pretty plant. Quite a lot slower growing than 'Grand Tiara'.
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'High Society' I've had for several years and it's becoming an attractive plant.
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'Ice Age Trail' has been in my garden for several years and is very slow growing. I'm hoping that with leaves this large I'll have more eyes next year.
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'Ice Cream' is attractive. A sport of 'Vanilla Cream'.
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'Invincible' is an older variety with lovely shiny green leaves. Unfortunately, it tends to be a bit of slug bate. But it's lovely right now.


A sport of 'Janet'. This was divided off about 3 years ago and now looks to have 2 sports - one with streaks and one that is solid green.
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'Jewel of the Nile' is a bit smaller this year as quite a large portion of it had reverted to 'Dee's Golden Jewel'.
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'June' - this is my original plant on the east side of my house - morning light. Usually it is more yellow that this, but we've had a rainy spring.
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'June' - this was a one-eyed division with no roots at all 4 years ago. I put it in a nursery bed and it did well and after a year, planted it on the west side of my house. It's now as large as my original plant - above - but because the houses are closer together on the west, it gets less light and is usually noticeably more blue than the original.
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lovemyhouse
Jun 29, 2013 2:13 PM CST
Love the photos, but really love the arbor! Lovey dubby
June does surprisingly well in our heat.
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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Jun 29, 2013 2:22 PM CST
'Karin' looking good this year. Sometimes the cupped leaves border on drawstring. This is my elder daughter's name.
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'Kifukurin Ko Mame' is one of my earliest hostas. This tiny plant makes a wonderful border and grows fast. I have it in 4 locations.
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'Korean Snow' is a mature plant which I love.
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‘Lakeside Cranberry Relish’ is a good grower, has slightly red petioles and is also very fertile, producing a number of seedling with red petioles.
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‘Lakeside Mom’ - I like this streaker. 4th year in my garden and I hope it will set some seed this year.
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‘Lakeside Reflecting Glass’ is a lovely streaker, a sport of ‘LS Looking Glass’. Heavily streaked and very shiny leaves. New to me in 2012.
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Ann

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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Jun 29, 2013 2:36 PM CST
Debra - I love the arbor too. Lovey dubby

‘Liberty’ - the drama queen in my garden. I think this is in its 5th year in my garden.
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‘Little Sunspot’ is gradually developing the yellow leaf centres that make it a bright spot in the garden.
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‘Loyalist’ looks great this year. I moved ‘Patriot’ last autumn so that they are now side by side.
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‘Mack the Knife’ languished for years in a dry spot by my driveway. I moved it a few years ago and it really likes this spot.
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‘Mango Tango’ was new in 2012 and is doing well.
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‘Marilyn Monroe’ - I love the frilly leaves with the white underslips.
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‘Morning Light’ obviously likes the arbor too. I haven't seen her looking this happy in years.
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Ann

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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Jun 29, 2013 2:44 PM CST
‘My Claire’ is one of my favourite small hostas - one I think is underused.
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‘Nancy’ is new this year. Tried to get her last year without success.
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This plant, dubbed ‘OHS-streaker’ for now, was a gift seedling when my garden was on the Ontario Hosta Society Ottawa area bus tour in 2010. It’s doing well.
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‘On Stage’ fills a dark corner between my lilac bushes and I love its colour early in the season. It grows slowly for me.
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‘Paradise Island was new in 2011 and is growing fast. I like it as much as ‘Fire Island’. It gets morning sun.
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‘Paul’s Glory’ is now a spectacular, mature plant.
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‘Peppermint Ice’ - I love this one which is perhaps 7 years old. Doesn’t grow fast, but shows signs of being slightly rhizomatous. Incidentally, there seem to be 2 plants out there with this name. Chris Wilson from Hallson gardens thinks this is the correct one, but if you check some of the pics in the Hosta Library and some nurseries, you’ll see quite a different plant.
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Ann

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Name: Ann
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ViolaAnn
Jun 29, 2013 2:50 PM CST
This is a streaked division of ‘Pewterware’. It sported in a friend’s garden and she gave me a division of it. It has generally done well, though this year I divided off a solid blue eye.
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‘Pixie Vamp’ was new in 2012 and is a reallly perky small hosta.
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‘Popo’ was a division from a friend 2 or 3 years ago and is doing well. This one is very, very small.
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‘Praying Hands’ likes this narrow garden where it can be seen from all sides. I’ve had it 6 or 7 years; so it doesn’t grow fast for me.
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‘Rainbow’s End’ has tough, shiny leaves and it’s about as close as a hosta can be to slug proof.
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‘Rainforest’ Sunrise’ has sunny, cupped leaves. This one makes me smile.
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‘Red October’ has lovely red legs and nicely sets off the yellow of ‘Fire Island’ and ‘Paradise Island’ which are next to it.
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Ann

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Name: Ann
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ViolaAnn
Jun 29, 2013 3:13 PM CST
‘Remember Me’ was VERY slow to start growing, but is doing beautifully now. Love its colour.
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‘Restless Sea’ has leaves with little sawtooth edges and white backs. In a breeze, it almost looks like the foam of the sea.
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‘Revolution’ came from a friend as a one-eye division a number of years ago after my first one died. This one is doing very well.
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‘Sara’ is my younger daughter’s name. This plant was supposed to be medium in size, but I find it rather large. Love the leaves which start out green and gradually become more yellow during the season.
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This is a seedling from ‘Deja Blu’, about 4 years old and it looks as though it will be a very nice blue hosta.
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This seedling is from ‘Touch of Class’, also about 4 years old and I think it’s a keeper. I love the colour. It DOES get morning sun.
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‘September Sun’ is another large, mature plant and is looking good.
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Ann

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Name: Ann
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ViolaAnn
Jun 29, 2013 3:18 PM CST
‘Sitting Pretty’ is very pretty to look at but very, very slow to grow. It developed a 2nd eye in its 4th year with me. Now in it’s 7th year, it still has just 2 eyes.
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I’ve had ‘Spilt Milk’ for 7 or 8 years; so I guess I can call it mature. I’ve seen some with more milk spilt, but this one seems to do well.
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‘Stained Glass’ is about 9 years old. I had it for several years in my dark corner and it did nothing. It likes this location south of my oak tree which is close to the street.
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‘Summer Breeze’ I’ve had for at least a decade. Love the way it lights up the garden.
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‘Summer Music’ also spent some time in the dark corner before being moved. But this one is a very slow grower.
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‘Tears of Joy’ is a very tiny hosta, but quite a fast grower. This was acquired in 2010.
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‘Tick Tock’ forms a very dense mound very quickly. When I last divided mine 2 years ago, I replanted it in several sections, but you’d hardly know it now.
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Ann

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Name: Ann
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ViolaAnn
Jun 29, 2013 3:20 PM CST
‘Wheee!’ was new in 2012 and is growing quickly. In a new garden, it needs mulch to cut down the mud.
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I’ve had ‘Whirlwind’ forever - one of my earliest hostas. But I’ve found it very slow growing. Two years ago, I took a division of it and tried it in a new location - east of my house rather than close to my Linden tree. This smaller division likes it here a lot and has already caught up to the original.
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‘White Christmas’ likes its location immediately south of my oak tree and on the east side of my garden - close to my neighbour’s driveway. It gets some morning sun.
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‘Wylde Green Cream’ is another sport of ‘Vanilla Cream’ and this one is doing well.
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‘X-rated’ is an enthusiastic mini hosta that’s quite different from anything else in my garden.
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Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Jun 29, 2013 3:38 PM CST
Ann,

I really like 'Aristocrat' and 'Remember Me' together. I will have to move mine. Your hostas do look very happy this year! It has been a very nice spring for them here, too.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Jun 29, 2013 4:51 PM CST
I'd like to wallpaper my house with these beautiful photos so I could at least think I feel cool and blue when we are having 100 degree temperatures. Big Grin
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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Jun 29, 2013 5:52 PM CST
Beautiful Hostas Ann! Lovey dubby
Susan

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Christine27360
Jul 5, 2013 8:42 PM CST
Ann - they are all so beautiful -- and I love your commentary!!
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Jul 11, 2013 10:38 AM CST
Thanks, Christine. Unfortunately, we've been away for 11 days and the rain continued and the slugs have had a field day. Those pics above may be as good as it will get this year unless I just focus on flowers as many of them are blooming now.
Ann

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Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Jul 11, 2013 5:15 PM CST
I agree
Susan

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