photo Great Expectations

paula_b_gardener 5b_ON(5b)June 15, 2014

We arrived home after a weekend away (without Internet!) and the first thing that I did was 'tour' the gardens. I know that GE is quite particular about its home and I am fortunate enough to have a location that GE likes.

It has been in this location for 5 summers this year and it has just started to reach maturity; I think that it is so beautiful.

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Gorgeous!! I keep hesitating getting one because everyone seems to think it's difficult. You're doing something right there!

Now go to bed for heaven's sake Paula, it's almost midnight!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2014 at 11:56PM
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That is a great one!! Very nice to come home to!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2014 at 11:59PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Out here on the West Coast it is early...just past twilight. 3 hrs after the East Coast..

I'm on my 4th GE. It is such a beautiful one so I keep trying. I can do Fire and Ice big time, but not GE.


    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 12:02AM
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paula_b_gardener 5b_ON(5b)

Hostanista and mbug, thanks. Hostanista it is midnight and why are 'you' still not in bed! lol

Babka, I really like Fire & Ice, too. This is the second summer for mine.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 12:08AM
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leafwatcher(zone 5)

Move to zone 5 ! I think that is the key....I am tempted to repost my last Great x pics.. but feel guilty when I have already twice...

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 12:25AM
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newhostalady Z6 ON, Canada

Thanks Paula for showing us your GE. I agree that you have a beautiful plant. It is at maturity when the coloring and corrugation are at their best. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 10:12AM
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'Nista, you live in the zone that GE likes so you shouldn't have any problems.

Just to be safe though... don't plant too deep, give her lots of water and morning sun.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 12:37PM
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thistleandmaize(Zone 5a- Eastern IA)

GE is so strange. I planted two next to each other last year. They were tiny when I planted them. One is doing well and about 10 inches across. The other, planted at the same time and same size, is probably SMALLER than it was last year. Picky things, I can't figure them out. I almost weeded the small one by accident one day too. But I'm holding out hope because that picture above is gorgeous.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 12:58PM
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Paula, a nice looking GE is always sweet to see....interesting that we feel we are lucky if one grows well for us. I've lost lot of other perennials that others can conditions are important. So far, some sun and good watering have benefited GE in my garden. An older one in shade has grown slowwwwwwly and is just starting to show promise, while the newer one has leaped past the older one and shown growth each year.


    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 2:49PM
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lupinguy(s ontario)

I've had pretty good luck with GE myself, Not much eye growth but the leave have been getting bigger and better every year.

2 years ago the whole plant was smaller than 1 leaf this year.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 6:59AM
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My biggest and best Great Expectation.............

.........which gets just a little less sun than my other 3 year old.

....and my Fire and Ice, which has struggled and may be catching hold.


    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 9:01AM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

I'm so glad I have two new ones because my three-old this year didn't like being potted last year. It gained some additional small eyes from last year but is very slowwwwww. A little leafed out eye came apart in my hand this morning so up it comes again to see what's going on underneath. It's only been there maybe three weeks? Groan.

The two new ones are going back under the peony, where the older one was very happy exposed to sun from sunrise to after lunch. I'll just have to stay on top of dead-heading the peony flowers before the petals fall all over GE.

Good example of "don't fix what's not broken".

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 11:12AM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

Here it is from last lovely and of course quite a bit lighter due to light.

All the pictures posted so far have really captured the beauty of Great Expectations. No matter what zone it's grown in, no matter the variations in colour, this hosta is a stand-out in any garden. I am just like all of you who have had to replace, or buy multiples of this plant - it has to be present in my garden.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 11:18AM
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Bought my GE in 2012 with two tiny leave and although it hasn't grown large it still is alive and in hiding now because every other has grown twice as fast. Afraid to move it with all the negative things said about it being hard to grow and all so just may have to move something else if it gets crowded out

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 11:39AM
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