Hosta of the Day - Dream Queen

evermore_gw z 4/5 NBJune 13, 2013

Every year on the forum, we talk about Great Expectations and its lookalikes. I grow four of them: GE, Dream Weaver, Thunderbolt, and Dream Queen. My favorite, at least this year, is Dream Queen. Mine is a bit crowded by Paradigm, but she holds her own. A good grower (much better than GE in my experience), incredible substance, and a real eye-catcher. Let's compare notes again!

Steve

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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

I'm folding on this round. My Dream Queen disappeared this year, from a wee pair of leaves it put up. Now nothing. Maybe in a few years I'll try it again. Right now, I have all these other hosta that seem to appreciate what I try to do for them, rather than that ungrateful Dream Queen who died on me.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 2:01PM
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dgregory_so.cntrl.IL_zone6a

Oooh, that's purdy, Steve! Looks to me like there are 4 different colors in her leaves: blue, green, golden yellow and a creamy white center line from the stem.

I can't wait to see more Dream Queens ;-)

Deb

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 2:29PM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

Beautiful hosta, Evermore. I lost mine to the darling demon doglet last year.

bk

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 2:54PM
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on_greenthumb

Looks much better than mine - although, mine looks much better since I moved from the path of the destroying dog......I've found that despite being knocked down for 2 years, that it still comes back and is recovering nicely so far since the move....

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 3:26PM
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hosta_freak(z6 NC)

This is a pic from last year,but it looks basically the same this year. A slow grower,to be sure,but worth waiting for. Phil

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 4:51PM
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Gesila(MI Z5)

The 11 leaves of my Dream Queen sure filled this spot up nicely this year. Must not have been much to write home about in previous seasons as this is the first year that I've taken pictures of it.

Great picture Greenthumb, it made my evening!

Gesila

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 7:51PM
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Jon

Not close to the others posted, but it looks like some vigorous new growth and it may fill-in a lot more as the Summer goes on. The variations in coloring due to positioning, zone, soil or whatever is very interesting. Mine gets a good amount (4-5 hours from 9-1) and dappled from then on.

Jon

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 8:27PM
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don_in_colorado

First year. So far so good.

Don B.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 8:33PM
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dougald_gw

My DQ is a verrrry slow grower and not worth a pic. DreamWeaver in its second year in my garden grows well in morning sun and very acid soil. I took a pic of it instead:)

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 8:33PM
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mbug_gw

Big Leap this year....and still going

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 10:09PM
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jan_on zone 5b

Oh greenthumb - how sad! Makes me wonder what colour your other fingers are lol???
Jan

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 10:12PM
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newhostalady Z6 ON, Canada

Out of the four hostas mentioned, I am really partial to GE. Here are two new additions to my garden---GE(#3) and a Dream Queen.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 10:35PM
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idiothe(4 MN)

I really don't have any trouble with GE... two of my three are very nice. I do have to divide a big chunk of blue off one one of these days. My largest and oldest for many years took a nose dive some years back - either silver maple root competition or underground damage of some sort, so it is a shadow of its former self... looks like a second year plant.

I don't have Dream Queen. I've got a few Thunderbolt and Dream Weavers around... they are all older plants, but in lots of shade - and though pretty, they really haven't grown for me.

My gardens are large and I'm getting older, so I've pretty much had to take a "you've got to do it on your own" approach. I'll water - it is up to them to do the rest. I think these guys want more food and light than I'm giving them. The successful GEs are in much more light.

Pictures... must get out with the camera tomorrow if time permits. I've been busy digging and dividing for folks and haven't spent as much time observing and enjoying as I should...

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 10:43PM
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newhostalady Z6 ON, Canada

Young Dream Queen leaf.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 10:44PM
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esox48(4/MN)

Dream Queen in a birdy place.

Thunderbolt

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 10:11AM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

Dream Queen this year. It was a bit windy out when I took the picture. I lost Dream Weaver two years ago.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 10:23AM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

My GE planted in 2007, suffering from tree root competition only has 2 eyes but they're fat. I'm planning on lifting him in August and replanting him in a spin out bag now that I have some. I'll ttry to remember not to plant too deep. Hope lifting is not the same as relocating.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 10:30AM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

My Thunderbolt wasn't doing well on a slope, so I've relocated him. I bought a new Thunderbolt and planted him in bright shade in a northern exposure, the same as my Dream Queen. The eye in front is the old Thunderbolt. I notice a broken leaf ... it's really been windy here.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 10:53AM
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on_greenthumb

LOL @ Jan - My thumbs are green, but my dogs paws are not....It's definitely not looking so sad now......Very vigorous growth this year. I gave up training him out of that area and moved it.....Will take a new pic...a tribute to how great a plant this one is

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 12:19PM
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