Dream Queen was not my only loss this year.
I also lost the following:
Rainforest Sunrise --- 2013, bagged hosta that did well last year
Liberty ----2012, bagged that survived one winter, died the next
Ripple Effect ---- 2012, rotted
Spilt Milk ---- 2013, a beauty, rotted)
Plantaginea - 3 smaller ones, rotted --- have 3 more planted doing great!
Olive Bailey Langdon ---- 2013, rotted
Not accounted for yet:
Made You Look - new 2013
Cameo - mini
Cherish - mini
Mister Watson - new 2013
Not much mystery surrounding the losses. The fatalities, M.I.A.s and strugglers all have one thing in common - they were potted in the fall. In addition, these losses may have been expedited by the use of Moisture Retaining potting media, as in Miracle Grow (the blue bag). I sent someone to the store, they came back saying this was the only potting soil available...so I used it. One bag. I'm putting two and two together here. :-(
I'm not used to losing hostas so this is rather difficult in view of the fact that I am experimenting with potted hostas this year. The losses could quite possibly have been avoided.
On the bright side...The rest of them are doing so well! At the end I ran out of media and grabbed a few scoops of gravel laden earth - those pips are as big and healthy as the rest! Lol no surprise there!
My wish list ... won't get that much action since I plan to replace what I lost first. I'll take my time but I need to replace Spilt Milk ASAP. I was so looking forward to its pips this year.
Replacements so far:
Dream Queen - three of them :-)
I have to show you how this delphinium survived the winter - I totally forgot about it when the first snowfall came - and stayed! That's what I found buried, as is, under all that snow when I rescued the hostas. One tough root mass, wouldn't you say? So you think those hostas I lost were wimps? Lol