I don't like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It's just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess. ~Walt Disney
Superbowl of the Ss! Show 'em!
Photos taken early May.
Sugar and Spice
H. 'Saint Paul'. Immature as most of mine are.
Just in case you forgot what your 'Sentimental Journey' looked like when it was a second-year plant, here you are!
King of the Baby Hosta
Sum & Substance
Hosta 'Summer Breeze'. Bernd
Everyone has lots of S Hostas. No exception here.
Sea Gulf Stream
Stingray flower bract
Seducer (new plant)
Sea Blue Monster
Silver Threads and Golden Needles
St Elmo's Fire
Sum and Substance (3rd year)
Hosta 'Sum of All'.
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Another Hosta 'Sum and Substance'.
Hello back with more. This is going to be one heavy thread. Updating wish list again, lol! Paula
Little plant BIG name LOL
Hosta 'Sea Thunder'.
I am in awe of all of you. Just wanted to let you know. Awesome plants so far.
So Sweet should be placed on everyone's buy list. What a darling plant and lasted late into the season. So Sweet was so correctly named.
Two more. Phil
Stitch in Time.It started to look good until I removed an eye from it and has since dwindled to almost gone.
Steve, if you have any more pics of 'Stingray', please, by all means, show them off! I finally ordered one and am anticipating it probably more than any other!
It's just a fantastic hosta; one of the coolest ever IMO.
Envious of Steve's 'Stingray'
Sergent Pepper (in autumn)
This alphabet picture game makes me wish I had taken more pictures of my hostas last year. I certainly have a lot more hostas than the few pictures I'm posting.
Sum and Substance on the right BA on the left.
Sage bottom left planted in 11.
Summer Lovin in the back left. Bad picture, but only one I could find. Can't find any solo pictures of it.
Edit found a little better picture
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Sum & Substance unfurling...not sure if this was before or after the move.
Sagae..looking forward to what this one does this year. It was bleached out by too much sun after the loss of the tree that was shading this bed.
Sunpower in the full hot sun.
Sharmon looking pretty before it loses all its interest.
Looks like an infestation of garden gnomes in Utah.
Don, Here's a picture of a mature Stingray (my favorite also) taken by Paul on a garden tour. It's from the Larsen garden.
Notice how this gardener has underplanted this Stingray with smaller Hosta. Mine is only two years old. It does get big.
So many lovely pictures of Stained Glass. I hope mine is as nice one day.
One of my favorite hostas that I would really miss is Sun Power. I like it best first thing in spring when it shows its upright habit best. My clump gets looser after that and is a good barometer as to when my hostas require more water. It never gets a deep gold colour as I have it planted in minimal dappled sun.
I had to have this hosta once I saw it online in Papou's garden. Really miss that guy.
H. SUN POWER (year 4) on June 18, 2012
Samurai - Frances Williams sport
Sea Octopus - 2nd year
Simply Sharon - 2nd year liner
Sitting Pretty - 1st year
Spring Fling - 'Christmas Tree' x 'Donahue's Piecrust'
Stand By Me - 2nd yr, June sport
Steve, I love your shot of St. Elmo's Fire on the rocks. I plan on buying it one day.Thanks also for posting a picture of Silver Bay. I was disappointed in the colour of mine this summer. The blue didn't look as vibrant as yours. Only its first year, so I'm hoping the blue will be more intense next summer.
Bernd, that's a great picture of Summer Breeze. Mine isn't as mature as yours and the pic is a bit fuzzy. I'm glad I bought it because it seems to be doing alright under our crimson maple.
H. SUMMER BREEZE (year one) on June 18, 2012
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Phil, sorry to hear that your Stitch in Time is suffering. Rather expensive isn't it. I settled for Mango Tango.
Here's a picture of Spinach Souffle, which I bought in 2011 on the recommendation of Chris at Hallson's. Since I'm Canadian I couldn't buy it from him or I would have. I'm forever grateful for his generous advice.
I'm hoping someone will post a picture of a more mature plant.
H. SPINACH SOUFFLE (year 1)
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Lots of S hostas. I'm enjoying everyones pictures. Phil, you make me want to give Stitch in Time another try. Mine fizzled very quickly.
This is a very nice little round one.
The explaination for this is that it was labeled Abiqua Drinking Gourd when I bought it in 2000. After I don't know how many years of 'willing' it to
cup and be the right plant, I finally admitted it was wrong. In spite of that it's a very pretty, large blue plant which I've called Sky.
This one really caught my eye this year. It can look so different in sun to shade and what wonderful fall color.
"S" is certainly a popular letter among hosta namers! I seem to have several, sadly not anything new I fear.
Shouldn't have slept in this morning!
'Sagae' - just love this guy and can't wait to see how he likes that old barrel this springl
'Silver Star' - really thick substance on the early leaves - don't know if that is typical or a reaction to location/weather....
'Summer Breeze' I think this one is going to be a favourite.
'Sharp Dressed Man'
And yet another 'Sum and Substance'
H SEA DREAM
H SPINACH SOUFFLE
H SPRITZER BLOOMS
Mctavish, Sky Prancer and Smoke Signals are on my radar. Yours look beautiful.
Ogre, how old is your Sum and Substance? I like it with Blue Angel. And I like the little angel in between. How old is he? I didn't want to devote as much garden space as S&S would require, so I bought Small Sum. I may have to put it in more sun. Does anyone have experience with this hosta?
H. SMALL SUM (year 2) on June 10, 2012
Plantbug, that's an awesome Spinach Souffle. I took another look at my picture of Luna Moth and they look very similar to me. I checked Zilis and he doesn't say they are similar, so maybe the width of the margin may be different. Do you have both?
Jan, your Sagae looks great with the grasses. What is the grass to its right? Also is that carex 'Ice Dance' with Summer Breeze? I lost mine. Any advice on growing it? I'd like to try again.
Here's another Satisfaction, which I planted in a new bed in 2011.
H. SATISFACTION (one year old) on June 18, 2012
All the ones I seem to find have been already posted but what the heck here is no 1st year striptease (2012)
leaf of my stained glass
Spring Fling was planted fall of 2011 , came up in spring with 8 pips and july decided to pop up lots of new growth so should be great 2013 if this is a sign
irawon - the grass beside 'Summer Breeze' was just labelled "Japanese Sedge". I just bought it last summer but it really took off and appears as though it could be invasive given a chance. The grass beside 'Sagae' is Northern Sea Oats, one of my very favourites. The seed heads are very elegant and look great dried in vases all over my house in winter. Given a chance I think it too could happiy seed itself around a bit, and the seedlings tend to be deep rooted and difficult to pull out, so I usually cut it back before the seeds start to drop in fall.
Thanks for the info, Jan.
Almost, your hostas are really taking off! Nice plants.
Paul I came across a picture of your St Paul that you posted in 2010. It's doing really well here. Here's mine in year five, and still growing despite the tree roots. I keep missing a shot with the margin a blue colour. I hope the blue doesn't disappear with age.
Awesome photos of well grown hosta. My new plants sometimes look okay, but submitted for documentation purposes mainly.
I cannot wait for mine to show as well as yours.
Note: I suggest hosta namers look at another letter besides "S." Something like I, J, N, O, Q, X, Y, Z. :)
Sagae -- ordered 2, got 3 big eyes which I stuck in one big pot separately, sharing the frame with a really dark rough Stiff Upper Lip
Sam Spade in June
Satisfaction was my first NOID
Satisfaction, the for-sure hosta, but 2 years younger than the first one (which I bought in May 2010)
Scallion Pancakes has burn around the margins
Second Wind in June
Secret Love shown with another sport of Fragrant Blue
Seducer, very large leaves, very tall petioles, took a while to adjust to our heat in zone 9a
Sentimental Journey...big loose leaves
Short Fat Fanny
Silver Bay newly arrived
Silver Threads Golden Needles and Snow Mouse on far side of this bowl of smaller hosta
Sky Dancer stands out in a crowd
Smooth Sailing definitely a favorite
So Sweet in November
Sparkler in the shadows of Maui Buttercups
Spring Break in June ready to bloom.
Squash Casserole in August
Stained Glass #1 never went dormant last winter and looked like this in February 2012
Stained Glass this photo shows the one I bought thinking #1 would croak on me, but after May or June it finally went dormant for a brief period, and came back like gang busters to bloom late in the year. Here I show #1 and #2 together.
Stephen King has red petioles
Stiff Upper Lip is a tough guy with a nice white back, and the cupping increased as summer progressed.
Stitch In Time if this one melts away, it won't be replaced
Not showing me much
Sugar And Cream in bloom in the shade too
Sugar Babe...Bob Solberg says this is the smallest of the fragrant hosta. Very sweet scent
Sugar Daddy...bought one, decided to pot the 2 eyes separately and locate in different conditions. Too early to see any differences
Sugar Plum...chose this photo to reveal the purple petioles
Sum And Substance....I think this guy (a 5/2010 plant) is going in the ground before springtime 2013
Summer Music not in his pot yet
Sun Power in July
Sweet Bo Peep came as a half-pint in spring
Sweet Innocence is a creamy luscious hosta
Sweet Standard, a fragrant streaker
Sweet Sunshine had a hard summer from the drought, but boy what a root system when he arrived!
Sweet Tater Pie
Some in my late season orders arrived dormant including Sweet Marjorie, Sweet Susan, and Sweetie.
A young Sky Dancer, it's 1 year with me Sept. 2012.
2nd year Sagae. Looked pretty until we got 4 hail storms!
Moccasin, I'm like you and can't wait to see some of my hostas grow up. I wish bigger plants were available in my neck of the woods as I'm getting up there in age. I don't want my hostas to plant me. I digress and I am supposed to be researching a new washer and dryer BUT before I go I want to show you SUNLIGHT CHILD, which I bought in 2011. I love the fact that the flower scapes are in good proportion to the plant.
SUNLIGHT CHILD, right after planting.
2nd year Stained Glass in bloom.
Talk about the best of plans, here's SUNLIGHT CHILD. My Waterfall Maple grew right over it. So what did I do? I trimmed my Waterfall of course...didn't take a picture though.
Oh my oh my, Irawon, that is a lacy leaf on that maple! I'll have to look it up. Last fall I got a Full Moon and an August Moon maple, still in containers until the construction guys quit stomping around the garden.
It sure does hide your Sunlight Child. I agree SChild is nicely proportioned with the short flower scapes. Very easy to get the whole plant, blooms and all, up close.
This year, remember to "take more pictures." That is my mantra. I cannot believe how easy it is to miss some of them again and again. In my case, I mean. Very skimpy coverage as a whole. There is something to be said about lined up in straight rows, but what's the fun in that.
Dgregory, nice looking new bed. I have a couple at that stage too and planted ferns around the tree just like you. What are the ferns you used?
Moc are all of your hundreds of plants in pots or are they planted in the gounds now? I just can't imagine having to water all of them unless you have a watering system? Love all the ones you choose but have to just try not to remember too many names lol I have bought too many myself but planted mine in beds. Poor Myrle keeps busy watering when we go somewhere and have mine to look after besides hers. Guess this is all her fault for getting me hooked .. hey Myrle! But she loves to see her grand babies grow... I just want them all as big as her's are.
Sea Ebony - as it matures the leave texture should pebble up
September Sun - August Moon sport
Sergeant Pepper - still yound
Sleeping Beauty - Halcyon sport, wish my Halcyon grew like this one
Striker - venusta sport
Summer Music - a struggle for some to grow, but one of my favorites. Slowly getting bigger. Shade Master sport
Summer Olympics - Alex Summers sport, nice upright form
Sunshine Glory - potted a couple of years ago after it almost disappeared, ferns are from little balls/bulbs that dropped from another pot - trying to take over.
irawon wrote: "Dgregory, nice looking new bed. I have a couple at that stage too and planted ferns around the tree just like you. What are the ferns you used?"
Thank you! I really liked the way it turned out. The bed was planted in 2011 and the photo is spring 2012. After much reading (um, lurking actually)on this forum, I decided the hosta were in root competition with the Shag Bark hickory. So I made the decision to pot 'em up. As I dug each hosta, it was confirmed, tree roots were swallowing up hosta roots. Guess I'm completely a hosta pothead now ;-)
The ferns are still in the ground (for now). On the right is Robust Male fern (Dryoperis Complexa) and the on the left is Dixie Wood fern (Dryopteris x Australis). I planted Cinnamon fern around the back, but it didn't survive the 2012 drought.
My best Sagae,but all of you have seen it,ad nauseum! Phil
I got this one from the man himself,Bob Solberg back in 2009. Phil
There sure are some great S's. Here is a couple more pics.
H SPARTAN GLORY
Sea Thunder. Wow. So many beautiful hosta. It's February. It's Minnesota. It's snowing. Nice to think of spring.
Striptease in a pot with impatiens and ivy.
I don't have a picture of my young Sagae in the summer, but here is a picture in the fall.
Wow newhostalady - what a fabulous photo - looks like a painting. Find a contest to enter....
Swirls, in spring 2012
Sea Octopus (with weeds, sorry....) spring 2012
Sorry for 2nd individual upload .... haven't figured out how to do multiples. This is only my second time. Will get it sorted quick-like!
Sea Thunder in May
Sky Dancer in May 2012
Sergeant Pepper May 2012
Sky Dancer (from Myrle 2012)
These last two are not mine...
Tell us about your Stained Satin. I see your pic on the Library is the most mature one. I know it's a sport of LS Black Satin. Does yours turn white in the middle? Does it grow for you? Where did you get it from? Is it fertile?
Steve, those last two pix aren't my plants (hence my note, "These last two are not mine..." lol). I can ask the owner about Stained Satin when I see him next. He's quite a nice gentleman, very willing to share info and lives locally.
P.S. I showed these pix (among others)last spring and it was suggested I get them submitted to the Library. I finally remembered last month and Bob graciously posted them.
Here is a link that might be useful: My old post
Sharp Dressed Man
Phil, can never get enough of your Sagae pictures. Same goes for the lovely autumn gold of NewHostaLady's Sagae. Keep em coming!
AlmostHooked, most of mine are in pots. Yes. Currently only THREE TOTAL are in the ground. It helped that our early months of growing season were wet. It got dry late in the summer, and I was able to keep up. Although, I must admit, I was moving pots around like musical chairs seeking the shade before any croaked. The most trouble came with the smaller hosta in individual small pots. I learned to mass them into bowls sort of, 4 or 5 together. It really helped to keep up with the watering when I added an OLLA (water jug) to the middle of the bowls. I think I will make some of the unglazed ceramic jugs myself this year, keeping a lid over the top to avoid skeeters and dirt and falling leaves. Plus, with some hosta bought as multiples and cheaper or tougher than the prima donna newer varieties, I will be testing them in the ground where shade dominates most of the year.
Windchime2011, first time I've seen your posting, and so pleased to say HELLO....unless you are one returning from a long hiatus? Really nice plants in your pictures.
Hi There MoccasinLanding! Thank you for the kind words. I did join back in 2011, but never had time to learn how to post picts, although I'm on here year round looking at everyone else's! Thank you again, and you'll be seeing me around. I've got to join a photo-hosting site so I can post multiple picts the correct way. Thanks again!
Windchime, the GardenWeb uploader limits you to one upload per post, something which was new late in 2012. It is convenient for that quick jobby when you have few to do.
In order to do multiples, you might find having a Flickr or Photobucket account (you upload your photos there and thence to GWeb) appropriate. But it doesn't matter to anyone else on the forum how you choose to do it. I personally prefer to use Flickr, and I have it possible to take pics with my smartphone or Android tablet and send them straight to Flickr with a little app.
The HTML code in the "share" section above each photo is what allows the picture to appear in the forum. Check it out when you feel the need.
You are arriving at the best time of all, when the pulse of hosta gardening quickens on the forum, and more folks return from winter dormancy along with their gardens.
A couple more Stripteases,if you will. Phil
Jan and moccasinlanding: Thank you for the compliment on the fall Sagae photo. I am trying my best to see if I can get some great hosta pictures---but it sure can be challenging. It's very encouraging to hear positive comments.
My favorite pictures on this thread: first of all---all the Stained Glass photos---I definitely need to get at least one!
Steve Mass: Beautiful Satisfaction and Stingray flower bract.
Hippieindenial: Of course I am loving your Stained Glass photo, but I also love your Spilt Milk. Last year a hosta grower asked me if I liked that hosta and I said "no." But now I am liking it more and more. I like the shape of the leaves and the overall shape of the plant. I think the streaks of white add interest.
Berndnyz5: Gorgeous Sum and Substance.
Paul in mn: Samurai catches my eye.
ilove to grow: Your Sum and Substance looks so cute in a pot!
irawon: Your Satisfaction is a wonderful size for year one.
moccasinlanding: Your first Satisfaction has developed such a lovely margin to it. (It's now on my list.)
hostafreak: Great Sagae.
Thanks to everyone posting pictures. It helps to give a good idea as to what to expect in growth, coloring and shape.
I love seeing all the immature and mature hosta. I also love seeing early season pictures, mid season pictures and late season pictures. I must be a hostaholic! (Had I any doubt?)
Sagae - This one (not mine) is about six feet wide. I'll take a tape and measure it when I visit Cadysfalls Nursery this year.
Sea Fire - emerges bright and early, then turns to light green. Here next to Wide Brim.
My name is 'Spartacus'. Surprised no one has posted. This is second year. Center gets darker and margins to yellow.
This is a leaf of Sundancer,a little known plant,but I have three of them. Phil
One more Sagae. My biggest and most vigorous. The bad news is I have to move it soon.
Harryshoe, awesome plant. HUGE.
And will you be needing a backhoe to get it out intact?
I will definitely need a hand truck because the root ball will be about 18" . Must also wait for a few dry days so I have a prayer of lifting it out of the hole.
I am curious to see how it grows when moved from a partially sunny spot to one of total shade.