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May 2, 2016 12:29 PM CST
Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
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Annuals Container Gardener Dog Lover Foliage Fan
Taking a deep breath and plunging. I know I can't grow hostas in zone 10b. But I will anyway. Lookie:


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I know 'Patriot' is old hat around here but I can't stop looking at it. Its so fresh and clean looking. Amazing. Asparagus fern needs cleaning up - why do I only notice after I take the pic?


The 'Dream Queen' isn't doing too much for me so far: Could have picked up the blue-ish one - maybe tomorrow I will.

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The nursery pots are place-holders. Something else is going in there with it. What? I dunno yet. Confused
Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.
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May 2, 2016 12:38 PM CST
Name: Ibis
Florida, Orlando-ish (Zone 9b)
Region: Florida Tropicals Bromeliad Orchids Container Gardener Foliage Fan
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Carol, I love hostas, but haven't had any luck with them in Central Florida. I'll be cheering you on though Hurray! Enjoy them this summer, and I hope they come back for you next year. You don't really know until you try Thumbs up
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May 2, 2016 1:13 PM CST
Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
Sunset 24
Annuals Container Gardener Dog Lover Foliage Fan
Thanks for the good wishes, Ibis. They only cost me $7 ea. so if I have to buy new ones each year its not a big deal. I'm not aiming to be a collector because, hello! no winter. I know better than to even try peonies - so I'll be foolish about hostas. Rolling on the floor laughing
Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.
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May 2, 2016 2:24 PM CST
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Enjoy them! That's not a bad price even if they don't survive the winter! I do like the clean, crisp look of Patriot, unfortunately mine isn't growing very fast.
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May 2, 2016 2:59 PM CST
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
I will cheer you on. Hostas are one of my favorites because I love foliage. To be honest with you I like the oldies. Many of the new ones do not do a thing for me. Nor do many of the ones perform as well as some of the oldies that take a licking and keep on kicking.
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May 2, 2016 6:06 PM CST
Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
Sunset 24
Annuals Container Gardener Dog Lover Foliage Fan
Well, even though I do have the New Encyclopedia of Hostas, or whatever the name is, I don't know the diff between old and new. I guess I could actually READ the book instead of just looking at pics, but what fun is that? Sticking tongue out I have to get more potting mix tomorrow and I may just pick up that blue hosta I saw at HD - would go good with the pot I think. What's a girl to do? So many plants, so ... I was going to say so little space, but that's not true. Even with just a mobile home yard I've got more space than I can probably manage if I don't start considering my age and limitations due to health issues. I'm just really glad I had the heart surgery before I got into this gardening thing again. Thumbs up
Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.
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May 4, 2016 9:27 AM CST
Name: Betty
MN zone 4b
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Wishing you the best of luck with your hostas. They look very nice in pots, besides it is always fun to try something different.

I am not a hosta collector, just like to add a few here and there in shady areas.
If you want to be happy for a lifetime plant a garden!
Faith is the postage stamp on our prayers!
Betty MN Zone4 AHS member

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May 4, 2016 9:44 AM CST
Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
Sunset 24
Annuals Container Gardener Dog Lover Foliage Fan
Well, I'm in no zone to think of collecting. Frost? What's that? Altho, 35* a few times this winter and that's just way too cold. I did not in fact get the blue-ish one - they were gone - which is a good thing. Impulses just don't work out for me at all. I did impulsively get another sage, but its a bright orchid color that I've been needing because everything's getting a tad too dark, so maybe only half an impulse. The people at HD are getting used to seeing me with a cart full of possible pots as I travel through the plants matching and mixing until I can finally make a few rejections.
Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.
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Jun 2, 2016 1:05 PM CST
Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
Sunset 24
Annuals Container Gardener Dog Lover Foliage Fan
I can't believe it. Are those really buds on the Patriot? They are, aren't they? This is way more exciting than Christmas. I thought the hostas didn't bloom until late summer/early fall, or maybe I was researching a different species. I'm in love with this plant. If I never have another hosta it will be ok because I've got this one.


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Jun 2, 2016 3:50 PM CST
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Looks really happy! Not all hosta bloom at the same time. I have several with buds but no blooms yet. According to the database on the hostalibrary Patriot blooms June/July. Enjoy!
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Jun 2, 2016 6:05 PM CST
Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
Sunset 24
Annuals Container Gardener Dog Lover Foliage Fan
Whoopee! I'll keep the camera charged up. Thanks for the info. I always forget about the library/database. Give it time.
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Jun 2, 2016 8:00 PM CST
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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I had a bud on 'Allan P. McConnell' this year before it was completely unfurled. But no bloom yet.

Re 'Patriot', I'm in a similar zone and mine bloomed last year around July 25 - early August. Of course, the bloom time can vary depending on the conditions in a given year too.
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...
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Jun 17, 2016 4:44 PM CST
Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
Sunset 24
Annuals Container Gardener Dog Lover Foliage Fan
It's blooming! I do really appreciate this plant. Since its a stand-alone its kinda like the Salvia Apiana - they've got attitude. I guess a stand-alone is a specimen, right? I do know what to do much of the time, just never bothered with the vocabulary before. Who cares? I'm just thrilled spitless.


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Jun 17, 2016 8:27 PM CST
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
Okay let me get my high school cheerleader skirt on it still fits but I am to old to do the jump and splits. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Jun 17, 2016 10:34 PM CST
Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
Sunset 24
Annuals Container Gardener Dog Lover Foliage Fan
Jumps, splits and costumes... I remember those days. I can't even think about it without getting a pain somewhere. Hilarious!
Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.
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Jun 17, 2016 10:57 PM CST
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
Yes when I get together with my best friend from HS we both say it hurts just thinking about doing those splits.

I love Hosta flowers. Some people do not like them and cut them off when they flower,

I have hostas planted in my sun garden and I like the flower color blooming with the daylilies.
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Jun 17, 2016 11:13 PM CST
Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
Sunset 24
Annuals Container Gardener Dog Lover Foliage Fan
Oh, Cinta - that's a pretty combo.
Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.
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