Hostas forum: Hostas are popping up in Ottawa too!

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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
May 25, 2014 11:40 AM CST
Another new hosta which followed me home last week from my hosta nursery. 'Pure Heart'. I'm not really wild about this whole family of hostas as I've found them very unstable, but I've heard that this one is a bit better. I hope so. Every other white-centred one of the family I've had has reverted or died.


'Rainbow's End' is one tough hosta, rarely bothered by slugs.
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'Restless Sea' - leaves with a saw-tooth edge and a white back.
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'Silver Thread and Golden Needles'
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'Spilt Milk' still lost in a sea of crocus foliage.
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Ann

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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
May 25, 2014 11:46 AM CST
'Stained Glass' makes an unruly mound.
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'Stiletto' - small, but forming a nice mound.
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'Summer Music' has looked pretty good the last couple of years.
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'Surprised By Joy' is a nice mini-hosta but the slugs like it.
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'Tears of Joy' - another fast-growing mini with funny little twisted, upright leaves.
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Ann

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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
May 25, 2014 11:52 AM CST
'Teaspoon' - cute little round leaves. Fast growing.
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'The Razor's Edge' - has red legs and very dramatic buds late in the season
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'Tinkle Me Pink' - the final hosta that followed me home last week.
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'Tiny Tears' - Very fast growing mini. The squirrels already tried to dig in this pot and it now has decorative rocks all over the top of it.
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'Touch of Class' - always an awesome plant.
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Ann

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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
May 25, 2014 11:59 AM CST
Call it vanity or what, but I decided to name this streaker after myself. 'Viola Ann'. It was given to me in 2010 when my garden was on the Ontario Hosta Society's Ottawa area bus tour. It does have one eye which seems to have stabilized this year.
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Weedling - I rather like this one so far. It MAY have 'Lakeside Zinger' parentage, but I don't really know. It does have a few little streaks in it and they were there last year too.
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'Whirlwind' - I divided my old 'Whirlwind' a few years back and sited this smaller division in better light and father from the Linden tree and it's growing very well.
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'White Dove' - a little hosta that doesn't always bloom for me, but when it does it has a lovely white flower.
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'Wylde Green Cream'
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Ann

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suburb of Springfield, MA
Kat2014
May 26, 2014 7:37 AM CST
Hello Ann,
What a nice collection of hostas you have! I took some time yesterday and browsed through some of your pictures.
What first caught my attention was your picture of Undulata Albomarginata. I "inherited" a similar hosta that my mother used to grow back in the 70s and 80s. I had thought it might be this variety, but wasn't sure until I zoomed in on your photo. Yep, that's it! Thank you for posting the picture.
It's one rough-and-tough plant... does equally well in sun or shade, and it multiplies very rapidly. I now have a dozen-or-so clumps of it, even though I've been dividing and sending divisions to our annual garden club plant sale for several years now. Undulata Albomarginata may be an oldie, but it's definitely a goodie. Well worth having in the hosta garden.
I'm so sorry to read of your unfortunate experience with Gypsy Rose. Of the hostas I presently have, that one is probably my favorite. I first purchased it at a local nursery several years ago. Growing in the pot along with it was a small sport, which I divided out and planted separately. The sport resembles Gold Standard (which I understand was a grandparent to Gypsy), except that it has matured to less than half the size of Gold Standard. I'm keeping it, but unless someone convinces me that there's a demand for a small version of Gold Standard, I won't try to do anything with it.
Gypsy Rose is another variety that increases very rapidly. Although I've given away numerous smaller divisions, I have maybe a dozen or so clumps growing in my gardens. It does not grow quite as large as Striptease, which I also own, but it seems to be more stable. (I've had lots of trouble with Striptease reverting to plain green.)
Thus far, I've seen no signs of Virus X in the Gypsy, but now that I've read and seen pictures of your experience, I'll be on the lookout.
I'm attaching a photo that has both Undulata Albomarginata and Gypsy Rose in it. (The large blue hosta in the middle is Gentle Giant, and the one with the large gold-margined leaves is Ivory Coast. The gold will fade out to ivory in a few weeks. The small, white-margined plants are Diamond Tiara, which need to be moved.) (If only I could teach the resident rabbits to live on a diet of weeds...)
Kat2014 in western Massachusetts.





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Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
May 26, 2014 8:08 AM CST
Kat,

I'm on my third Gypsy Rose and none of mine have ever looked that nice! I seem to shop the 'hard to grow' aisle, as I end up with some really disappointing ones. I still have this one in a pot, and will see how it does this year. If it doesn't show some signs of improving I will probably decide that this variety is not for me! Your Gentle Giant is really pretty! Love the soft blue color. Mine must get too much sun. But, it's growing great, so maybe I'll just leave it where it's at!
suburb of Springfield, MA
Kat2014
May 26, 2014 8:59 AM CST
Rose, thanks for your note. Gypsy Rose just must like its location here in MA, I guess, because I've had no problem whatsoever growing it. I have clumps of it all over the place. Our soil is a light, sandy loam, which I try to modify with a good purchased planting mix whenever I set out a hosta. Don't know if it's a matter of soil or zone or ?
I sure hope you have better luck with the Gypsy this time. And I hope Ann will give it another try.
Unfortunately, my Gentle Giant will probably start losing its blue color in another few weeks, as the summer sun intensifies. I'm growing some more shade for that little garden, but it probably will be another couple of years before there's much of a difference. This is the fourth year I've had the Giant. For the first two years I was sure I had wasted my money on it. It finally took off last year. Glad to hear that your clump is growing well.
Kat2014
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
May 26, 2014 9:32 AM CST
Kat - I love your 'Gentle Giant'.

I've not had much luck with 'Gypsy Rose'. The first one was drop dead gorgeous and then the signs of HVX showed up. The second one has never looked quite right and this year has an eye which is totally different and IMHO, nothing special. I'll post a pic, but the pics are on my older computer, not booted at the moment. If you purchased yours before 2010, please keep a VERY careful watch on it as HVX was rampant in that variety. Nowadays, most really good nurseries are purchasing from suppliers which test their stock.

On the plus side, I tested 2 hostas last night and both tested negative for HVX. One just wasn't thriving and both were fairly close to where I found HVX in 'Ani Machi' (aka 'Geisha') last year. The signs were so subtle that I was surprised when the test strip showed a positive. So now, I'm testing anything nearby that I have even the smallest suspicion about. I was so sure my garden was HVX free, that I'm worried I may have inadvertently spread it.
Ann

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virginiarose
May 26, 2014 11:03 AM CST
'Ani Machi' (aka 'Geisha') was horrid in my garden. It hated the heat and did not do well at all. I have not idea how I ended up with four except maybe I was thinking about doing a border? I am glad I threw them away, not everything does well here and I am fine with that, because I have a lot that do great here and I am very happy with my garden, it is a work in progress though. I do not claim to have it together! Rolling on the floor laughing

@Kat2014 I love your 'Gentle Giant'!! Lovey dubby
Susan

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suburb of Springfield, MA
Kat2014
May 26, 2014 12:48 PM CST
Ann and Susan,

Thank you both for your kind words about my Gentle Giant.

And, Ann, I'm fairly certain I purchased my Gypsy Rose before 2010, but do not recall exactly when. Did not keep any written records. For such a time as this, it would be helpful to know that bit of information. Going forward, I'll try to do better.
Would you suggest I have a couple of my plants tested, just in case, or is it better to watch for symptoms first?

A few years back I recall having read something about never again planting hostas in a spot where an infected hosta had previously grown. What is the current guideline for that?

Thanks.
Kat2014
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 26, 2014 4:24 PM CST
Kat - if you are watching it and thoroughly cleaning your tools after doing anything to it, that's likely enough. Or, if you have access to test strips, you could always use one on it, but in general I keep the test strips for times I really need them.
Ann

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suburb of Springfield, MA
Kat2014
May 26, 2014 4:54 PM CST
Ann,

Thank You!

Kat2014

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