Here are a few of mine...
Frisian Waving Steel
Gotta say it is Mama plantaginea herself looks amazing. I took this yesterday at twilight when her first flowers were opening on two separate scapes. Oh, I was so pleased to see them. Perhaps some of pollen from the other open ones will pollinate and make seedpods. But for now, I am a happy camper with a happy Mama.
If Mama aint happy aint nobody happy around here. :)
More to come. I have work to do in the garden this morning before it gets so blooming hot. No time to upload to Flickr from my phone camera. Cheers all.
Vanessa - I love the leaves on Lime Smoothie. That's my kind of hosta.
Moc - I tried growing "mama" early on but to no avail. I'd like to see her in bloom.
We had a soaker last night so the hostas are looking perky this morning.
I'm liking first frost today.
In the infamous zone 5, everything is looking good this year. Crazy awesome summer - cool, wet, everything is growing well and not burning. Let's see how august treats us.
I was admiring my emerald ruff cut this weekend. It's year 2.
Vanessa- Your Lime Smoothie has me slurping. Beautiful colors.
The hot summer having arrived has darkened my Guacamole leaves as to not show the border so distinctly but the flowers are in bloom.
This post was edited by santamiller on Mon, Jul 28, 14 at 13:17
Oh thanks Vanessa. I now have to add a couple more hosta's to my wish list! Here's my fav for today. Sum & Substance
Mine are starting to go downhill fast with slug damage and it wont be long before the nematodes show up, boo.
Emerald Ruff Cut after the rain...not too many brown spots this year
Risky Business looking clean and sharp
Thunderbolt and Loyalist
They all look great here. I'm giving Whirlwind a shout because she is quite spiffy when in bloom. I normally don't care for hosta in bloom. Whirlwind has short, neat, straight stalks with blooms in a nice shade of purple.
collÃ¢ÂÂ¦is Risky Business a thin or thicker leafed hosta?
santa, it's thicker...but not super thick. Somewhere in the middle. I keep it looking good by having a copper collar around plant to keep the slugs out and away from that delicious looking white!
I thought it looked fairly thick (or whatever the proper word is for that) but couldn't be sure. The very thin white centered hostas can't even begin to take the Texas heat, at least that has been my experience. Super looking plant.
Coll, beautiful pic of Heat Wave! Who is in the top left of the same photo?
Don't hear much about Tambourine ...but looking good today
Tokudama Flavocircinalis getting great color
Touch of Class
Inspire Greatness...nice and crisp
So Sweet...first blooms
Deep Blue Sea
Great pics everyone!
Your hostas all look so fresh! Mine are already getting a little ragged from slugs, etc.
This one's Gold Standard (OS).
Sum & Substance - the driveway version, waiting for Limelight to bloom behind them.
What I call "White Gold." It was sold to me years ago as Gold Standard, but seems to have been a "bad" tissue culture that I've loved having.
This post was edited by ruth_mi on Mon, Jul 28, 14 at 20:48
Ruth, Oh My! What a beautiful yard you have. I should have know the rest of your yard would be as beautiful as the front of the house. I LOVE the picture of Sunpower! Are those Zinnias in the background? All of the pictures are beautiful and I'm so happy that you shared them with us.
hippieindenial - I LOVE that Frisian Waving Steel! I hadn't heard of it before. Shimmie Shake is awesome too.
Coll_123, your hostas are really something. That Thunderbolt is calling my name.
My pineapples are doing really well this year. Pineapple Upside Down Cake planted 2012 has quadrupled in size and is not being bothered terribly by slugs and bugs.
And my Pineapple Punch is huge and only 1 year old. I'm liking it.
coll_123 - you call THAT "going downhill fast"?.....They're all beautiful! Wonderful pictures everyone!
The hosta in this thread are just gorgeous---every one of them! One in particular caught my eye and that was Ruth's Tidewater. I saw a mature one in a private garden last year and it really made an impression on me. I've never seen a picture posted here since I viewed that one last year. It really grows into quite a beauty.
Here are a few pictures I took today.
First Frost. I love this hosta.
Sorry. I should have taken a picture of the whole plant, but I didn't realize how good it was looking until I viewed it on my computer. The center has now changed from the yellow it emerged with to a white.
And can't forget about Striptease!
Jimmy Crack Corn looking good.
My Grove of Fried Bananas
Look at that Guacamole! Santa, it is a beauty.
I was outside until almost dark waiting to catch a picture of Mama opening a new flower. Well, that did not work, and I cooked dinner, cleaned up, and with a flashlight came back out to see....was she open....no she was NoT.
So sorry folks, I had to come in. First I unscrewed the flashlight and dropped the battery;then had to put it together again. Well, it was a nice night. I';l say it does not open before 9pm CDT on this particular night in July.
Maybe she is taking the night off.
Earlier I was out moving around the current bloomers from those with pods or simply through blooming. I also used my hair clips to give the pods and flowers a pony tail vertical so I could walk between the rows. Gee, I had a lot of fun with that. All the ones with fat pods are looking fine to me. I am pleased with the entire fragrant gold lineup. Except for Frozen Margarita no pods, Moonlight Sonata no pods, I expected better. But, the pods I'm seeing, the BEES I see, I'm pleased with the whole garden, both ends of it.
I'm going to edit that right now. I do have FOUR plants which are heat dormant. Poor babies. First to go was Bibb Lettuce, a viridescent gold with light substance. Then I found same day Dust Devil, Sunny Disposition (big surprise), and Jabulani, which has a big fat seedpod on a stiff upright scape and no leaves at all. I Meanwhile, I'm trying to figure out what I can do to stop further heat dormancies, taking all those ste[s....but at least it is not fatal. The plant is gone dormant to protect itself, which I think is commendable, and lets me know the hosta is working with me. It WANTS to live. And oh boy, how I want it to do just that.
I was out there all day today, mulching and relocating potted companions near the new shade screen....or should I say SUN SCREEN...because it's been up to 100 easily today, and I worked from early until nigh on to dark. Poor spouse had a can of tomato soup for dinner. What a great day it was!
Hostas for Barb, that one to the left of heatwave is Tokudama Flavocircinalis.
Awesome pictures, everyone! Nice to see things looking to great heading into August.
newhostalady, I absolutely love that photo of Great Expectations....the colors and textures are stunning! Now I'm wishing I tried harder to grow that one.
What a great thread! Not only did I clip several posts, I pulled the trigger on an order to Hallson's I've been sitting on for two months.
I cannot say enough about all the gorgeous hosta in this thread!
Those Sum And Substance pictures are kicking XXX!
Mac, I looked at yours and thought "pretty plant" and then I noticed the FENCE. Most chain link fences are 48 inches high, and that S&S of yours is all of that. GOOD GRIEF.
What a lovely response and thank you so much for so many treats.
moccÃ¢ÂÂ¦Ã¢ÂÂ¦.Did you have plants that went heat dormant last year? Did they all come back?
Loving all of the pictures!
Fire and Ice
June Fever - just huge this year.
Elvis Lives - and he is doing well in Tecumseh, Ontario.
Island Charm - stuck her in a Hypertufa pot I got at a yard sale on a Hort. society bus tour and now think maybe I will just leave her there.
Francis Williams - very little dessication burn this year. One of my absolute favourites!
It is late July and only a few of the pictures show blooms. Do you cut them off?
Penny Lane (top left) from Bridgewood Gardens
Straight out of the box from Naylor's Creek my Allegan Fog is doing beautifully. (lower right)
Ryse: I had to go out and look at the scape situation on those I posted LOL. Island charm had already bloomed and I removed the old scapes before taking the photo. Francis Williams had very short scapes and some with seed pods were still hiding under the leaves. If you look very closely at the dark spot in the centre of June fever you will see a flower bud just starting to rise up. And the rest had scapes in the PIC. But I do remove them when the flowers are done blooming.
Here is a photo of Krossa Regal - always the tallest scapes in my garden. Is this the case for others too?
Some really great hosta pictures. Zcathy, I should post a picture of my Dancing Queen so you can appreciate your beautiful one even more! My leaves are really eaten up.
Hostanista - love your pineapples!
What a great collection of hosta's. Here are some more of mine.
Glad you asked, Vanessa! Well, for starters, my Fire and Ice is also just unbelievably unblemished!! I attribute that to it being potted, but it seems to me that the slug population is definitely diminished this year...so far!
F & I today...
Mac, I just about jumped into your Confused Angel pic! Lol
I have one too, a newbie this year...it's colour has taken on some avocado- like tone as I keep moving it around..can't decide where to plant it :-(
Back to your beauty...I really like the setting in which yours is growing - I am excited at its potential size when looking at yours. Sooo glad I bought it!
Barb, Tecumseh, you say? Why, you are basically "down the road a-ways", lol. You sure do have a beautiful property, stunningly landscaped!...not to mention amazing hostas.
I'm looking for new words to describe the quality of hosta photos contained in this thread! They are all simply outstanding! Bookmarking this thread - for sure!!!
Now.....don't laugh me out of this thread....but I am soo relieved that my Guacamole (yes, it IS really a Guacamole) is finally starting to show a few newer leaves that actually resemble a G, although the size is lacking this year. The winter really knocked the sails out from under him, but boy, is he trying valiantly to please me! Okay...you can chuckle, but don't hurt it's feelings...it is really trying. I've got him in full sun on purpose - I need this boy strong next year! :-)
Lakeside Shore Master - one-year-old growing well - this was my Top Gun last year...simply love it. It will be even more beautiful with maturity...in the form of corrugation.
Choko Nishiki aka On Stage...the many faces of OS..doing well as a newbie this year.
Thanks Josephine. Mine is on it's second year and has been moved a couple of times so I'm sure you'll see a lot more growth on yours next year. I like the "angel" hosta's ( probably to balance the devil in me) and have guardian, Megan's and earth angel also. Here's earth angel.
Btw Josephine, your guacamole looks great. One of my fav hosta's.
Mac, Guacamole and I thank you! :-). How old is your Earth Angel? Huge! and awesome!
This post was edited by josephines67 on Tue, Jul 29, 14 at 17:50
You and your guacamole are welcome :) this is the second year for my earth angel. It was a one gallon plant and is growing fast. Seems like I can't post without including a pic so here's Mount Tom
I like that Mount Tom!
Here are Liberty and Big Daddy from today. Both live in full shade, so Liberty never turns cream on the edges and Big Daddy stays blue all season, pretty much. Liberty had grown well for me in the shade...Big Daddy, not so much
And Sea Gulf Stream still looks pretty
You guys are knocking the top out of GWeb's server, I betcha. What a hosta marathon thread.
Confused Angel....with the ferns, Mac, I think that is one of the best photos of it I've seen, and now I would love to get one of those. Sigh....so many hostas, so little time/room.
Santa, yes, one went heat dormant in 2012. None in 2013, but so far 4 in 2014. I'll do another thread on that one. Could not get my computer to respond last time I was on, and gave it a break just turned it on after dinner. I was out working heavy duty all day in the garden, shuffling things around so the better looking plants had what they needed, the wimpy ones could go to ICU, the bloomers all get close together, and the whole place get refreshed.
Thanks moccasinlanding, very kind of you. Wish I could take credit for artistically composing the pic, but it's just a quick iPhone pic! Here's my best hosta pic. Hosta Mac
Loving my great expectations!
In one word,NONE!! Phil