My Growing Addiction . . . I Mean Collection

Ludi _PA_7aJuly 22, 2012

My goodness it has been a whirlwind 48 hours for me.

I saw the sale at Bridgewood . . . ordered 6 new Hosta . . . saw the post for Golden Meadows . . . went over to the Auction . . . ended up bidding on 9 Hosta . . . this is all in addition to the 8 that I bought in the last two weeks from my local nursery . . . they were also having a sale . . . now I am scoping out Jim's for a Forbidden Fruit . . . and Jade Cascade from Land of the Giants . . . enabled much ???

My BF has given me the ultimatum that I can NOT fill up the side porch to the point that you can't walk across it because of all the pots . . . so I may have to call it quits for this year with ordering and hone my Wishlist until January when the catalogs are up dated.

So all in all . . . I joined GW on 6/29/12 desperately looking for an ID for my Leading Lady Elegans . . . followed up with a Wide Brim and Tiny Tears ID . . . two sales later and a trigger happy finger at the HL Auction . . . dozens of posts showing me beautiful hosta . . . Moccasin and Steve's enabling . . . I am at 25 NEW cultivars in less than 30 days . . . 28 identified cultivars total in my collection.

This does not include the 5 NOID I still have in the jungle . . . front yard. But I don't feel comfortable pitching them to you all for ID'ing since they were planted by MIL about 4 years ago around a Black Walnut and have been neglected so they are pitiful specimens at this point buried under mountains of weeds and overgrown shrubs.

Here is the list. Some of these are on their way to my house, some are already potted up, some are in the ground. Either way, I am super stoked to get my collection started and will have such a wonderful spring 2013 watching everyone poke their little eyes out of the soil.

Thank you as always to everyone on here. You all are terrific enablers and wonderful mentors.

Ludi's collection as of 7/22/12.

If anyone has any pictures I encourage you to share. One of my favorite parts of this forum is seeing everyone's hosta.



Cranberry Wine

Curly Fries

Earth Angel


Emerald Scepter

Golden Meadows

Half and Half


Kiwi Full Monty

LS Paisley Print

Mango Tango



Night before Christmas

Praying Hands

Quilting Bee

Red October

Regal Supreme PP19818

She's a Dancer

Stained Glass

Sun Power

Tiny Tears

Volcano Island

Wide Brim


Woop Woop

Thanks for reading and enabling,


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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

so I may have to call it quits for this year with ordering and hone my Wishlist until January

KEY WORD ===>>> MAY!!! ... lol.. yeah right .. been there.. said that.. never happened .. lol...

now straighten me out on this: My BF ... since they were planted by MIL

whats that all about.. a boyfriend and a mother in law????

give them back to her.. or make space.. to get rid of some pots on the porch.. so that.. wait for it.. you can buy more..

there.. consider your problem solved.. go order more.. lol


    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 1:37PM
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Ludi, nice haul this year. Keep throwing some solid blues and greens in the mix - they help create a foundation for the variegated ones.


Queen of the Seas

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 2:02PM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

That Black Walnut tree sounds like a good place to plant Hosta. They don't mind the jugalone that the Walnut gives off, thus keeping down the weeds. Just make sure they get a lot of water so as to deal with the root competition. Make a new bed there.

Then buy more.


    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 2:57PM
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Ludi _PA_7a

Ken, I am a proverbial pimp what can I say . . . KIDDING !!!

OMG I am such a prude I could never fathom.

But seriously, looking back and re-reading my OP I can see how one might be a bit confused. My apologies for being vague.

I know we don't tend to get personal on here, but Ken did ask . . . so my apologies if I offend anyone.

Basically, I have been in a committed relationship with my BF for almost 3 years (in Nov). However, since Pennsylvania does not honor civil unions/same sex pairings (nor do I think they ever will) we are unable to wed in the traditional sense. I don't feel right calling him DH and leave it with BF.

But for all intensive purposes we are 'married'. Like I stated in my very first post I moved into his house 2 years ago.

We also live with his mother, thus MIL.

The both of them have been in this house for the past 8 years. MIL used to be a voracious gardener but fibermyalgia (spelling?) and a myriad of other health complications has forced her to stay indoors mostly. She just isn't able to get outside and do the things she used to, especially with this heat we have been having these past couple of years.

We have a 3 story with plenty of room for all of us so it works very well as far as privacy and comfort are concerned. She is incapable of taking care of herself at this point and relies heavily upon us to maintain the daily chores. Which we don't mind and are happy to help if it keeps her out of a home.

The house is traditional old school Philly and built around turn of the century. When they first moved in MIL was able to get outside and do more gardening than she can today, but that was almost six years ago. When she could maintain she had bought and ordered all sorts of different perennials to go into the existing landscaping. But over time things declined and now we have what I so fondly refer to as the jungle.

Last year was a bit hectic with me moving in and all so I didn't really get a chance to do any sort of gardening. But this year it is a different story now that I am more settled.

For the record, I am 27 years old and work almost 50 hours a week for a mutual fund broker/dealer. I wish I had more time to mess in the garden, but at this point in my life I recognize the fact that I am blessed at my age to even have half the amenities I do, let alone a (soon to be glorious) garden to play in.

I am not originally from Philly. I grew up on the western side of PA on a 122 acre black angus farm. Pennsyltucky they call it My mother remarried when I was 11 and her second husband has been a farmer all his life. So we moved out there from the suburbs of Pittsburgh to his families farm. BIG TRANSITION from urban to rural. It was a one story ranch in the middle of a hay field and I have horrible allergies (kind of ironic for a garden enthusiast).

So for the years before college I was a FULL SUN gardner. My mother always enjoyed my passion as she reaped the benefits of a beautiful garden while I was growing up. It was great because she let me have full reign in the yard. I bordered the deck with daylilies, hardy hibiscus, bear's breach, sedum, the list goes on. We also had numerous containers all around the deck that we would fill with annuals. It was always my favorite time of the year when we went to all the local hot houses and combed the isles for annuals.

But then it was off to college to study Economics and with a college life there is virtually no time to garden when apartment hopping year to year.

I always managed to maintain a healthy collection of house plants since I could move those with me.

But then I got the job in Philly 3 years ago and due to cost I could not move any of my plants with me. So they went to mother and she within the first year killed all of them. But I still love her . . .

But now it is a whole different ball game. I am no longer in full sun and must say I am rather excited to live under a canopy of sycamore and black walnut. We have maples of course but I despise them. And good lord don't get me started with the English Ivy, it is EVERYWHERE out here. Gorgeous but voracious at the same time. The creeping green :p

I also have a healthy ever growing collection of orchids under grow lights that I started when I moved to philly to put some green back into my life. But that is a whole nother thread/forum.

Gosh, this has turned into a small novel. I will no longer dull you with the details and say thank you for reading and as always enabling.



    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 3:32PM
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Ludi _PA_7a


I got so caught up in my response to Ken's initial reply I didn't see Steve and Paul's replies.

Steve - I had been meaning to bring that up in another post (I still might) but I had wandered onto an older post from you (or a reply) that addressed the herbicide that comes along with Black Walnut.

It is refreshing to hear that hosta don't mind it. I will be curious to see how the companion plants I choose will fair.

We have three on our little plot of land and the squirrels love to rip em apart and scatter the mess all over the place so there is definitely an abundance in the soil. Doesn't help the fact that BF feeds them peanuts. We have the fattest squirrels in the entire neighborhood I swear.

Paul - I do also have the Wishlist which has many of the solids you are referencing. I must admit though I am fussy when it comes to choosing alternate blues since I am so spoiled by these mature clumps of Elegans.

Here are a few of the foundational hosta I have lined up:

Awakening Angel
Candy Dish
Choo Choo Train
Devon Green
Empress Wu
Fluted Fountain
Frank Lloyd Wright
Frisian Pride
Garnet Prince
Hoosier Dome
Irish Luck
Jade Cascade
kikutii var. caput -avis
Peacock Strut
Sea Gulf Stream
Yellow Boa

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 3:50PM
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I'm with you on the big blues Ludi; Elegans suits her name so well. I recently planted 3 Blue Angels, curious to see how they compare to Elegans.

Yesterday, I picked up a baby June (at least I think she's June, if not mislabeled), a Paul's Glory, Striptease, Golden Tiara, Patriot and a Sum and Substance. Oldies but goodies.

You have some great hosta on your list.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 6:16AM
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