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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Nov 4, 2017 11:32 AM CST
Just purchased these new Hostas for spring 2018, curious if anyone has had any experience with the following varieties.

Aquamarine
Flamenco Mouse
Gravity Rocks
Holar Purple Rocks
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Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Nov 5, 2017 7:51 PM CST
It took me a while to get the hostalibrary to cooperate! Those are some really interesting choices. I don't have any of them, but if Flamenco Mouse is like Dancing Mouse or Church Mouse, it should be a vigorous little plant. I have those two and they have done well here. Keep me posted on Aquamarine. I really like that one.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Nov 5, 2017 7:57 PM CST
Hoping Aquamarine looks like what is advertised.
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Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
Nov 6, 2017 12:19 PM CST
Aquamarine has very interesting colouring and I really like the looks of Gravity Rocks as well. Couldn't find Holar Purple Rocks in the library; did you mean Holar Purple Flash? That is a cool looking plant! All look like wonderful Hostas ; hope they do well for you.
I got Church Mouse this year and it seems a sturdy little grower; will see how it fares over the winter.
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Nov 6, 2017 5:32 PM CST
crawgarden said:Hoping Aquamarine looks like what is advertised.


Me too!!! I've bought some that have never lived up to the pictures that I've seen in the catalogs. But with the camera and photo editing program I have, I know how easy it is to enhance colors Whistling
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Nov 6, 2017 9:28 PM CST
Debbie, you are correct it is Holar Purple Flash, ordered them from http://www.inthecountrygardena... always had good luck with Josh!

Rose, I've have purchased a few like that, but found when some matured they did look like the catalog. First Blush and Whee that come to mind.
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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Jul 16, 2018 8:24 PM CST
Just wondering how Purple Flash, First Blush and Aquamarine are doing. I am starting a new Hosta bed and was looking at these ones.
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Jul 17, 2018 3:01 PM CST
Bob,

Here's one of my First Blush. This one is in filtered shade and looks pretty nice. The one in a more sunny area has been fried by our hot, dry summer days. I've read that the more morning sun it gets, the better the coloring. I think I'd rather have a healthy looking plant than more color in the spring!
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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Jul 17, 2018 7:22 PM CST
Thanks for responding, it looks like a nice healthy plant. Though not sure how it would do in my new garden which will get some afternoon sun.

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A Rising Sun Red Bud and a BoBo Hydrangea will be going in here and the rest will be Hosta. Slowly have been picking some up from online sales and some very good clearances around here.Still want a few with white middles , but having a hard time finding them.

Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Jul 17, 2018 7:40 PM CST
Mine doesn't like the sun! I've got 2 Bobo hydrangea and they are the best bloomers of all my hydrangea. I just noticed this one today. Lovey dubby
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I meant to say that I love that new bed. It won't take you long to fill that up!
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Name: Bob
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NJBob
Jul 17, 2018 8:19 PM CST
Very nice looking Hydrangea. Mine has been in shade for the past 2 years and I am lucky if it gets 2 flowers, so I figured I try an area with a bit more sun.
Your garden looks great, hope mine comes close to that nice,
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Jul 17, 2018 8:41 PM CST
With plenty of water Bobo can take a lot of sun.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Jul 17, 2018 9:24 PM CST
Aquamarine, growing great, hard to tell at this point on the colors.

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Holar Purple Flash, a little slower grower, the scape is very purple, earlier in the year I noticed some of the purple flash in the leaves.

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First Blush, this is my 3rd year for FB, its growing nicely, gets partial early sun, you can notice a little blush earlier in the year, additionally the OAT has a lot to do with the coloration.

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Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Jul 18, 2018 6:58 PM CST
Thanks for posting RJ. They all look nice. I will have to plant what I already bought and see what room I have left.
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Jul 24, 2018 9:11 PM CST
I ordered Aquamarine and Milkmaid from in the country garden, but saw that Aquamarine was marked as recalled on ilovehosta.net. and Hosta Direct took it off their site. I wonder why.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Jul 24, 2018 11:02 PM CST
I asked Josh that question and cited the same reference. He researched it and said several years ago it was removed due to the virus x, not an issue now apparently
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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Jul 25, 2018 7:44 PM CST
Good to know. I thought it was a recent thing since Hosta Direct had it for sale last week. Maybe they just sold out of it.
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
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Jul 26, 2018 8:01 AM CST
I was hit by a sudden violent storm yesterday. The hail though small really tore up the backyard hostas. The front yard fared much better. Most of my hostas are in the back.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Jul 26, 2018 9:06 AM CST
Bummer, sorry to hear that.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
Jul 26, 2018 11:36 AM CST
Sighing! Sorry to hear that as well Gary. Every time a thunderstorm rolls through here I hold my breath hoping there will be no hail. Lots of wind this summer but so far hailhas avoided us.

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