Hostas forum: New book: Field Guide to Hostas (2014)

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Name: Linda
southern Minn. (Zone 4b)
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alwaysbehindMN
Apr 17, 2014 8:07 AM CST
I just received my copy and have browsed through it enough to have a very favorable impression. Any one else have some views to offer? The same author also has The Hosta Handbook (2000) and Hostapedia (2009). The latter is absolutely essential in my opinion, especially if you want to develop your biceps! Pick up a copy and you will know why! Seriously, it is so extensive, with photos of almost every hosta listed; I refer to it constantly. But the new Field Guide is light-weight and easy to use, has full info on 272 of the hostas which Zilis considers "essential" and each entry includes information on other related hostas. I compared my collection of about 500 and learned I have only 101 of the 272. Does that mean I have 399 superfulous hostas? [just kidding] Finally, this new book completely replaces the 2000 Handbook because so much has happened in the hosta world in the last 14 years; it is more than just an up-date.
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Apr 17, 2014 9:06 AM CST
I have been wanting to get the Hostapedia, waiting for them to come down. LOL. I got this one instead (link) It has a lot of information but not as much as I would like, especially concerning dormancy. I would love to know more about what does good in the south, not much information except for Tony Avent's article. He has written other articles about Hostas and I do enjoy reading them. I also like to know the sun tolerance of hostas and pest resistance. I have been using databases to collect my own information there is not actually a book that has all I need to know. I am very happy to research hostas and plant the ones with a high sun tolerance and pest resistance, it allows more time to enjoy the hosta garden instead of doing maintenance and killing slugs. So much for a humid, zone 8 hosta garden.


http://www.amazon.com/The-Encyclopedia-Hostas-Diana-Grenfell...

I was the butt of many jokes with my giant lap book on the other Hosta Forum. I do have a rope to drag it around with. LOL.
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
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
Apr 18, 2014 10:42 AM CST
Got the Field Guide a couple of weeks ago and have enjoyed looking through it.
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/Garden/Hostas/Hostas-in-my-gard...
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
Money talks but Chocolate Sings!
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
virginiarose
Apr 18, 2014 5:11 PM CST
That's great Ann, good to see ya! Hurray!
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Linda
southern Minn. (Zone 4b)
Hostas Peonies Cat Lover Daylilies Garden Procrastinator Region: Minnesota
Garden Ideas: Level 1
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alwaysbehindMN
Apr 18, 2014 10:25 PM CST
I just re-read my own post about the new Field Guide and realize that I made a completely erroneous statement about the Hostapedia, by the same author. I said "it is so extensive, with photos of almost every hosta listed". Not true! Many, many of the listings did not include photos. But almost all of the photos were taken by Zilis himself in gardens that he visited. He included listings for every hosta he found any info at all about even if not commercially available and in some cases no longer thought to exist. Incidentally the book weighs 12 pounds... the reason I joked about exercising my biceps! I apologize for my mis-information. I do highly recommend both books.
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
Money talks but Chocolate Sings!
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
virginiarose
Apr 19, 2014 2:16 AM CST
Wow 12 pounds? that is heavier than my lap book! LOL. I do not really use the book I already have but it does have some nice pictures.
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
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
Canning and food preservation Container Gardener Annuals Herbs Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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ViolaAnn
Apr 19, 2014 6:00 AM CST
The "Hostapedia" is NOT a lap book. Your thighs will go numb. Looks great on the coffee table though. Hilarious!
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/Garden/Hostas/Hostas-in-my-gard...
Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
Hostas Garden Ideas: Master Level
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profesora
Apr 19, 2014 6:13 AM CST
We need to catalogue sources online because those are more easily updated and cost nothing.
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
Money talks but Chocolate Sings!
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
virginiarose
Apr 19, 2014 4:33 PM CST
I think a coffee table is a great place for a lap book. Thumbs up
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood

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