Hostas forum: A few from Ottawa, ON in May: A-C

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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
May 17, 2015 6:47 PM CST
It's been a slow start, but most of my hostas are now unfurled. Most are back too, but a few that were struggling last year didn't make it through the winter. I've got a few more that are struggling now and I'm dealing with increased sun from the loss of a 45 yr-old ash tree (Emerald Ash Borer damage).

I've already moved a couple of hostas around because of the difference in sun and am carefully watching the others that are now in full sun. The majority of my hostas were not badly affected by the loss of this tree, but many in the neighbourhood have gone which increases general sunniness.

Here are a few pictures taken yesterday.

'Allegan Fog'
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'Alligator Shoes'
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'Ann Kulpa' - new last year from a general nursery, not a hosta specialty place; so still in a pot
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'Aristocrat'
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'Avalanche' - getting crispy from too much sun. I've moved it to the back yard.
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part of a 'Blue Cadet' border
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'Blue Shadows' is slower to emerge
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'Blue Wedgewood'
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'Brother Stefan'' not yet showing much colour difference in the leaf centre.
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'Bulletproof'
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'Captain Kirk' not yet showing much colour difference in the leaf centre.
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'Charlotte's Web'
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'Cherry Berry'
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'Cherry Tart' - was completely wilted today at noon. Has been thoroughly watered, but I may need to find a shadier location for it.
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'Chinese Sunrise'
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'Country Mouse' - one of my favourite minis and from a different family than the "mouse ears" clan is.
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'Curly Fries' - now in full sun and so far it's doing all right, but I will likely move it.
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'Cutting Edge'
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Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/Garden/Hostas/Hostas-in-my-gard...
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Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
May 18, 2015 6:47 AM CST
ViolaAnn,

Beautiful pics, as usual! Was that your big tree in your front yard that you lost? If so, that will be hard on your beautiful hosta bed you have.
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 18, 2015 7:01 AM CST
Rose, fortunately, it was in the narrow strip of land between my driveway and my next door neighbour's driveway. It was a tree that the original next door neighbour tagged in the bush in 1971. He and my husband went, dug it out and dragged it home in the neighbour's station wagon and planted it squarely on the lot line (much to the chagrin of my present next door neighbour who hated the "messy" tree and also had to share in the cost of its removal). It towered over the house and as it was SW of the house, it was an important shade tree for us, but most of my hostas are shaded by other trees or by the house. I'm presently studying the situation on my front lawn as it does have more sun from the west now than it used to. The entire neighbourhood is much sunnier now as there were many original ash trees left when the houses were built in 1968-69. All gone to the Emerald Ash Borer. We tried - treated that tree twice, but it didn't work. maybe I'll be able to grow heirloom tomatoes. Rolling my eyes.

This is the tree we took down - the one in the middle. But the neighbour's tree also had to come down.
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Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/Garden/Hostas/Hostas-in-my-gard...
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Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
Garden Photography Echinacea Dahlias Clematis Region: Illinois Hibiscus
Heucheras Charter ATP Member Birds Hummingbirder Hostas Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Rose1656
May 18, 2015 9:23 AM CST
Sad to lose a big shade tree. I think the ash bore has invaded most of the US, too.

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