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Michael AKA Leekle2ManE - Zone 9a - Lady LakeJune 27, 2014

Spending some time up in Michigan visiting with family. While I am over at my brother's new-to-me house, I remarked on what a nice, shaded backyard he has. He says, "Yeah, I like it, but that section over there drives me nuts."

I say, "You mean the area behind the Hostas?"

"What are Hostas?"

"Those clumping plants with with the varied colors."

"Oh. No. THOSE are what I hate."

I don't know much about Hostas other than lots of transplants long to grow them in Florida and that they melt in our climate. So I had to laugh that he wanted to get rid of such 'prized' plants.

This post was edited by Leekle2ManE on Sat, Jun 28, 14 at 7:28

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ritaweeda

Even if they did thrive in FL, I wouldn't be able to have them here, the slugs and the deer wouldn't allow it, but I think they are nice looking shade plants.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2014 at 2:56PM
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morningloree(9b)

You should bring him up a pot full of Ferns. I just finished trying to pull them out of the pool planter. People up north love them.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2014 at 3:31PM
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Michael AKA Leekle2ManE - Zone 9a - Lady Lake

Well, while he's been at work and I've been 'idling' around the house, I dug up all the rhizomes for him. He's much happier with his backyard now. Though, he has a nasty infestation of ground-covering violets and those will be much harder to get rid of as their rhizomes snap at the slightest provocation.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2014 at 10:26AM
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alys_esmond(9b Orlando)

I would LOVE to have an "infestation" of violets.
Maybe I can dig some up and start one...

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 9:45AM
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Michael AKA Leekle2ManE - Zone 9a - Lady Lake

I didn't read up on those violets, but from what I saw in his yard, I wouldn't want them. They were supposedly planted by a prior owner of the house and they did nothing to contain the plants and they are EVERYWHERE. I tried pulling some up for him, but as stated above, the running rhizomes broke so easily, I may have only doubled their numbers in that area. I regretfully had to advise him that his best bet might be regular glysophosphate treatments until the rhizomes are dead.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2014 at 4:31AM
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