#3 The Poll To End All Polls (until the next one) - YELLOW

idiothe(4 MN)July 24, 2012

VOTING FOR YELLOW HOSTAS

(remember when we used to call these "gold?")

The Objective: to come up with a list of the best-of-the-best hostas by coloration and clump size. Blue Mouse Ears and Queen of the Seas are both fine hostas, but they don't serve the same functions in the garden, so we're going to generate a very useful list. Please encourage your friends to vote... the bigger the pool of voters, the better the results.

The Rules:

You can vote for ONE OR TWO hostas in each size category - don't agonize over the sizes - just give it your best shot... we can move things around a little as necessary. The goal is just to get at least one good vote from each person in any size category for which they have a favorite.

Size:

We all know sizes are tricky to nail down - we are basing our votes on the overall diameter of the hosta clump at maturity under typical gardening conditions. When a hosta is a contender but seems to straddle the categories, I will refer to Zilis and consult with folks - but ultimately I'm the decider! Just give me your favorites - we can sort things out later.

Here are your five categories... please list your votes by category:

Dwarf/Mini = equal to or smaller than 18" diameter

Small = larger than 18" and smaller than 28" diameter

Medium = larger than 28" and smaller than 48"

Large = larger than 48" and smaller than 66"

Extra Large = equal to or larger than 66"

If you frequent more than one hosta forum, please vote on only one of the sites.

YELLOW HOSTAS... YOUR FAVORITES!

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paul_in_mn(4b)

Hi Jim, could you check these sizes

S Curley Fries
S Designer Genes
S Dragon Tails
S Feather Boa
S Limey Lisa
S Marrakesh
M Alabama Gold
M Amber Tiara
M August Moon
M Fire Island
M Jaz
M Little Aurora
M Maui Buttercups
M Nancy
L Dancing Queen
L Daybreak
L Diva
L Piedmont Gold
XL Choo Choo Train
XL Krugerrand
XL Sun Power

Thanks Paul

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 11:56AM
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idiothe(4 MN)

I was going to give you a hard time about making me look up a lot more plants than you will vote for - but you are clearly giving this a lot of thought to come up with such a good list, so...

here goes... I agree with almost all your sizes...

S Curly Fries (check spelling)
S Designer Genes
S Dragon Tails
S Feather Boa
S Limey Lisa [I'm making a judgement call based on growing this a long time. Most folks grow this as a Dwarf/Mini... the clump expands, but when it does it is "loose"... so we'll put this in the D/M category)
S Marrakech (check spelling)
M Alabama Gold
M Amber Tiara
M August Moon
M Fire Island (in 5-6 years, mine has never developed the full adult leaves and seems to want to stay in the small range... but MEDIUM is the common listing so we'll go with that)
M Jaz
M Little Aurora (I know it is supposed to be MEDIUM... but I had to wait an awful long time before mine get into even the small range... so slow, and seems so happy at 18", but officially MEDIUM.)
M Maui Buttercups (though this is small for most of us, with its heritage of Francis Williams and August Moon, we have to believe that this one will end up MEDIUM in our gardens...)
M Nancy (don't know enough about this one... people call it a small based on height, and the heritage is unknown, and all the pictures are of small plants... still, leaf size would suggest the possibility of staying in the SMALL or becoming MEDIUM. Call it either one if you want to vote for it...)
L Dancing Queen (its listed as LARGE, and we'll go with that... but I've never seen one bigger than medium... the registration and tc were done long before Kent ever grew it to a mature garden clump... so I think the size is a guess and we might change this to medium eventually...)
L Daybreak
L Diva
L Piedmont Gold
XL Choo Choo Train
L Krugerrand (this one gets large - but I can't find any record so far of it getting over about 5' in diameter, so we're keeping it in the LARGE category for now)
XL Sun Power (ironic name - mine burns up every year by midsummer due to a few hours of midday sun... much prefer Paradise Power - SP with a greeen margin - and given time, it does get into the XL category...

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 1:40PM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

My votes

S = Designer Genes
M = Nancy, Little Aurora
L = Sea Gulf Stream, Piedmont Gold
XL = Sun Power, Great Lakes Gold

Steve

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 1:50PM
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mctavish6

Mini: Sunlight Child, Appletini
Small: Tickle Me Pink, Blond Elf
Medium: Ophir, Maui Buttercups
Large: Piedmont Gold, Ruffed Up
Giant: Sun Power, Sum and Substance

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 3:04PM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

I think I must have had a senior moment. I thought I posted to this one.

med. Birchwood Parky's Gold
XL Sum and Substance

bkay

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 4:21PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Here goes:

Dwarf/Mini:.....Bitsy Gold, Lemon Lime

Small:..........Curly Fries, Bibb Lettuce or Munchkin

Medium:........Rosedale Golden Goose, The Shining

Large:.........Zounds, Faith, Fried Bananas

V Large:.......Sun Power, Sum & Substance

Note: They did not have Tobacco Road in Hosta Library, could not tell what its size would be, so left it off.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 7:19PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

My choices regarding hostas I have:

mini: Sunlight Child, Coconut Custard
small: Heart Broken, Cheatin Heart
medium: August Moon, Nancy
large: Grand Canyon, Zounds
XL: Sun Power

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 8:06PM
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paul_in_mn(4b)

Jim, I figure if I ask on a few, it will help others figuring the sizes. Besides you're retired so you have all day to look up sizes....lol.

Dwarf/Mini = Limey Lisa,
Small = Curly Fries, Marrakech
Medium = Maui Buttercups, Nancy
Large = Krugerrand, Diva
Extra Large = Choo Choo Train, Sun Power

Btw Jim - Maui Buttercups is about 33" in my garden and Nancy is 25" in 2nd year. Thanks for looking those up.

Paul

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 9:18PM
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trudy_gw

Mini: Dragon Tails, Sunlight Child,
Small: Tickle Me Pink, Maui Buttercups
Medium: Faith, Shimmy Shake
Large: Aspen Gold, Fort Knox
Giant: Squash Casserole, Sum and Substance

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 10:14PM
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cindyj(5b)

D/M: Dragon Tails
S: Designer Genes, Cherry Tart
M: Fire Island
L: Diva, Squash Casserole
XL: Sum and Substance, Key West

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 11:49PM
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idiothe(4 MN)

thanks for the quick responses, all! Still hoping for more votes as people get some time to think about this.

Somehow the yellows seem to get a lot of good entries ever year... so I know I'll have a hard time when it comes around time for me to vote... I sure like a lot of those mentioned so far!

and mocassin - don't think you got by with it - I caught that attempt to get an extra one in!

I am surprised that the hosta I consider the finest yellow addition in the past decade - maybe the best yellow large hosta ever - has not gotten one vote on this thread!

    Bookmark   July 25, 2012 at 3:58PM
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beverlymnz4

Small: Curly Fries, Tickle Me Pink
Medium: Dawn's Early Light
Large: Dancing Queen, Golden Sculpture
Very Large: Key West (I hope - recent purchase and I love the color)

    Bookmark   July 25, 2012 at 4:42PM
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hostahillbilly(4)

Again,it confusing to me, but trying to be a team player, I will try to remember to take a note-tab with me when I next go out and peruse the gardens during the nextr few days, should the preponderence of visiting relatives allow me the time, teehee.

hh

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 1:03AM
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idiothe(4 MN)

Ah yes... it's a cliche - but true - that my relatives give me double joy... once by coming and twice by leaving...

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 1:38AM
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esox48(4/MN)

First of all, Sun Power is in an entirely different class than all the other golds. By far and away the best.

Other very good ones are Daybreak (the brightest in my yard), Stardust, Key West, Sutter's Mill, Solar Flare. I tend to go for the large ones.

Golden Sculpture is very large and has a beautiful shape and leaf, but the color isn't gold enough to please me.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 9:42AM
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Ludi _PA_7a

Ok, here goes . . .

Yellow Boa (S)
Curly Fries (S)

May (M)

Krugerrand (L)
Dancing Queen (L)

Choo Choo Train (XL)
Sun Power (XL)

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 8:36PM
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i-like-to-grow(6)

Lemon Lime - Mini
Dragon Tails - Mini
Blonde Elf - Small
Curly Fries - Small
August Moon - M
Maui Buttercups - M
Dancing Queen - L
Sea Gulf Stream - L
Sum and Substance - xL
Choo Choo Train - xL

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 9:24PM
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hostahillbilly(4)

friendly suggestion - do these about a month apart - I'd have better time to consider the choices, and hey I'm busy out there this time of year ;-)

fwiw,

hh

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 9:39PM
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i-like-to-grow(6)

Haha hillbilly... I was thinking put them all up at once... Or atleast two at a time... But I don't have the extensive collection to ponder about..

    Bookmark   July 27, 2012 at 7:49AM
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ejr2005(Eastern MA)

Mini: Coconut Custard, Flemish Gold
Small: Designer Genes, Nancy
Medium: King Tut, Pharoah's Gold (one of Don Rawson's - if not legit in poll, substitute Aspen Gold)
Large: Dancing Queen, Fried Bananas

In doing this I'm thinking it might be interesting to hear why we left some out. For instance, I'm generally fond of Fire Island and have three in my garden where I have very few duplicates. But this year they're all slug eaten, so I can't bring myself to vote for it.

Also realizing that I generally have a lot more competition in the medium and large categories (for yellows, greens and blues) than the others. I won't vote for something I don't like in the other categories, but I may not like it as much as something in the more competitive categories.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2012 at 4:12PM
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treemon(z5 IL)

small: Dragon Tails
medium: August Moon, Dawn's Early Light
large: Zounds, Sun Power
XL: Sum and Substance

    Bookmark   July 27, 2012 at 9:12PM
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alexis717_df

S - Curly Fries
M - Nancy, Fire Island
L - Dancing Queen
XL - Key West, Sun Power

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 10:18AM
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