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As a comment about Hosta (Hosta 'Empress Wu'), Moonhowl wrote:

Hosta 'Empress Wu' is considered to be the largest-leaf hosta and was introduced by Brian and Virginia Skaggs. It was a selected seedling of Hosta 'Big John' (Clarence Owens, 1986)
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 26, 2015 11:17 AM CST
I wish I had read this comment before I planted it. I may have to move it this fall. Now to think of a place to put it.
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jun 26, 2015 11:45 AM CST
Hi Lynn.

I stumbled on a great deal from Gilbert Wild and got 2 Empress Wu, 2 Komodo Dragon, 2 Humpback Whale,and 2 T Rex. Then I read all about them Blinking They all get HUGE.

For now, until I find a small football field in the shade, I am keeping them in containers. Whistling
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 26, 2015 1:48 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Oh Jean, I can't stop laughing after reading your above post. Love your sense of humor. I have found a spot for my Empress Wu by a very old Rhodie. Nothing else in the large bed so they should get along well together.
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jun 26, 2015 2:08 PM CST
Thanks Lynn. Sometimes ya just gotta go for the grin , otherwise all you have is chagrin......and a bunch of HUGE hostas. These all have at least a 3ft by 3ft span, so guess it would be a PeeWee football field. nodding
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 26, 2015 2:15 PM CST
I have so much to learn about hostas. Needless to say I was not researching size when I got them and planted them. Whistling
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jun 26, 2015 2:22 PM CST
I am the same, a lot to learn besides just trying to keep them alive in our heat. Guess we will learn together. Any great growing lessons I learn, I will be sure to pass on... Thumbs up
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Jun 26, 2015 2:36 PM CST
Thank you Jean, I can use all the information I can get.
I tried hostas about 8 years ago. I thought they didn't make it through the winter, until Kevin Vaughn told me that the slugs were probably getting them as the started poking through the soil.
So last fall I started putting slug bait down once a month through the winter on through the spring, the one safe for children and pets. I have hostas that were planted many years ago that are beautiful this year. Evidently the slugs did not get the roots. I can't tell you how happy I was to see these grow.
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jun 26, 2015 3:11 PM CST
Glad to hear you have old ones returning too. My first group here were planted in a raised bed under a live oak during our time of serious drought. The live oak is still here and very well hydrated...not so the hostas. The couple that did survive, I planted on top of them for the same reason...slugs Rolling my eyes.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Jun 26, 2015 4:15 PM CST
I have no more slug damage. Very thankful for that. And I now understand why hostas can be so addictive. Big Grin
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jun 26, 2015 5:24 PM CST
This is one of my "drool sites" Drooling If I had known about hostas 44 years ago, I think I might have married for money instead of love. Whistling

http://www.songsparrow.com/catalog/plantlist.cfm?type=HOS,&s...
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Jun 26, 2015 5:33 PM CST
Oh my, look at 'Fire and Ice'.
http://www.songsparrow.com/catalog/plantdetails.cfm?ID=106&t...

And 'Island Breeze'
http://www.songsparrow.com/catalog/plantdetails.cfm?ID=4637&...

And tiny little 'Pandora's Box'.
http://www.songsparrow.com/catalog/plantdetails.cfm?ID=126&t...

I think I'm drooling now.
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jun 26, 2015 6:05 PM CST
I agree and give Raspberry Sundae a nibble...how WOW is that?

http://www.songsparrow.com/catalog/plantdetails.cfm?ID=3633&...
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Jun 26, 2015 6:14 PM CST
I would be totally sunk if I had money to spend. I would have to have one of each.
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jun 26, 2015 6:19 PM CST
I want to figure out something neat to do with those chartreuse minis, and some of the tall uprights and I loved the cupped leaf ones and...and..and... Hurray! Hilarious! I agree All of them.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Jun 26, 2015 7:36 PM CST
Okay, now it's getting scary. I almost feel another plant addiction coming on. Blinking
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jun 26, 2015 7:50 PM CST
I am so sorry. I am a hosta enabler.. Crying But on the bright side, they don't cause you to gain weight. Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Jun 26, 2015 8:04 PM CST
Might even help to lose weight, not enough money left for food. Big Grin
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jun 26, 2015 8:17 PM CST
Rationalization for plant addictions, HMMMM. Whoo Hoo way to go Lynn! Thumbs up
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Jun 26, 2015 9:00 PM CST
Big Grin

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