Hostas forum: Hosta Information Resources

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Name: Cj
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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AlwaysWeeding
Feb 8, 2010 2:47 PM CST
Here is a thread to post where to get great information about hostas (links, books, etc).

The great pic and information link:
http://www.hostalibrary.org/

The latest greatest book:
The Hosta Encyclopedia by Mark Zillis
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Feb 21, 2010 4:11 PM CST
The Hosta Encyclopedia is indeed a GREAT book (in more ways than one - it numbs the thighs), but it's not the best book to ID a hosta as it's HUGE and they are organized alphabetically - not the best for trying to put a name to a yellow hosta.
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: Kathy Shadrack
Boston, NY
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irisborer
Mar 28, 2010 5:46 AM CST
Shameless pitch here - The Color Encyclopedia of Hostas or better yet, the New Encyclopedia of Hostas - both from Timber, both from Diana Grenfell and Mike Shadrack, are organized by color. They don't include the volume of plants that the Zillis book does, but they do include the hostas grouped by color order. That way, if you've lost a name, you can go to that color section and see if you can match it up. Also, the newest book (The New Encyclopedia) has a chapter on minis. And it doesn't cost $80.

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Name: Cj
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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AlwaysWeeding
Mar 28, 2010 8:25 AM CST
I have it on my list of things I need .. I think Poho has already bought it and recommended it.
Name: Kathy Shadrack
Boston, NY
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irisborer
Mar 28, 2010 9:59 AM CST
Thanks... we think it's pretty good. There's also the Pocket Guide - much cheaper, but less info. We sell autographed copies through the mail if you can't find it locally. Again - shameless pitch. Lovey dubby
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
Mar 28, 2010 10:25 AM CST
Oh, I see you've answered my question that I posed on another thread. Seek and ye shall find. It's that organization of hostas by colour that is very valuable. I also like the pocket guide but it's alphabetical and, of course, not as inclusive. Handier to carry around though.
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: Kathy Shadrack
Boston, NY
I love best whatever's in bloom
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irisborer
Mar 28, 2010 12:06 PM CST
LOL... yes, and I just answered it there.
Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Ticker
Mar 28, 2010 3:58 PM CST

Moderator

Hey, if it has anything to do with Hostas, we like it here. :)

indianashade
May 29, 2010 12:17 PM CST
Is there a database query where on can imput leaf size color and shape and have some name suggestions pop up?
Name: Cj
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member Region: Iowa Hostas Daylilies Sempervivums
Lilies Garden Art Sedums Ferns Hellebores Heucheras
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AlwaysWeeding
May 29, 2010 12:24 PM CST
Indy -
When you go here http://cubits.org/Hostas/db/hostaplantfiles/
Choose "advanced search"
You can fill in any fields, choose any checkmarks, etc., just like when we entered the records.
There is no "OR" type of selection, so you will need to do more than one search if you can't find what you want.

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