Hostas forum: Let's Celebrate Hosta Week......June 20-26

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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
May 26, 2015 7:54 PM CST
I hope I am not out of line mentioning Hosta Week, June 20-26 and encouraging all Hosta Lovers here at ATP to participate. We have 3 weeks to prepare so let's get busy. Pictures, pictures, and more pictures help. Articles will be needed. They don't need to be long or scholarly. What have been your experiences growing our favorite plant. Soil preparation, siting in your yard, fertilizing, watering, choosing plants........challenges, successes, failures. What have you learned . Send articles to Trish.......I'm certain I'll bring this up again in the next few days.....oh well.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
May 29, 2015 9:35 PM CST
With a lot of luck, mine might be ready by then. Will be very, very busy until June 13.
Ann

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Name: Wes
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Wes
Jun 14, 2015 2:10 AM CST
I should have some blooms on Blue Mouse Ears to contribute.

I bought it for myself but the moment my mom laid eyes upon it she became it's parent. She'd never seen such a small hosta. We've had hostas as long as I can remember, nothing remotely similar. She tends to it with her small potted herb garden. One of few plants I don't have to worry about.

Gotta admit I liked it from web postings prior to purchase and actually having it is better. First blooms will be a fun event. It's about to open up. Smiling

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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Echinacea Vegetable Grower Hybridizer
Tomato Heads Garden Photography Birds Cut Flowers Foliage Fan Plays in the sandbox
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Paul2032
Jun 14, 2015 2:46 AM CST
The bloom on some Hostas doesn't add much interest. Blue Mouse Ears produces very charming blossoms which are nicely proportioned to the plant size.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Wes
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Wes
Jun 14, 2015 3:09 AM CST
Paul2032 said:The bloom on some Hostas doesn't add much interest. Blue Mouse Ears produces very charming blossoms which are nicely proportioned to the plant size.


I completely agree. I do like the large lily-type white blooms on a few I've grown but I much prefer the foliage. With Blue Mouse Ears it's simple curiosity and it's diminutive size that make it interesting to see it bloom. Some might cringe but when my best daylily at mom's house comes into bloom, it's neighboring noid variegated hosta stems are immediately pruned. There can only be one star of the show and the tall, red daylily owns it. Yellow heliopsis can stay but the purple hosta flowers just make it messy. JMHO but the purple doesn't flow for me. The hostas provide great color and accent, the blooms just don't fit in.

In the mostly hosta zone at my house, it's mostly about the foliage but they are nice with a variety of blooms. I don't cut or prune on those. Grouped amongst their own I find the blooms more interesting.
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Echinacea Vegetable Grower Hybridizer
Tomato Heads Garden Photography Birds Cut Flowers Foliage Fan Plays in the sandbox
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Paul2032
Jun 14, 2015 3:15 AM CST
Thumb of 2015-06-14/Paul2032/fd4419Blue Mouse Ears in bloom


BME


Mighty Mouse in bloom. My second favorite of the Mouse Ears

Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Wes
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Wes
Jun 14, 2015 3:57 AM CST
Cool Paul!

Thanks for the preview. 2 stems trying, it won't be long...

Smiling

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