Here is a challenge for all of you........

DelawareDonna(7A)August 18, 2014

Put on your thinking caps and show us what is your number one ("one") favorite, awesome or beautiful hosta photo you posted this season.

Mine has to be - Awakening Angel

DD

This post was edited by DelawareDonna on Tue, Aug 19, 14 at 12:39

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Ruth_MI(z5MI)

I think your 'Awakening Angel' should be called 'Awesome Awakening Angel' - just beautiful.

I have to go with a spring posting, especially since the colors have now changed and a lot of my hosta leaves are looking super-ratty. So I'm picking my favorite hosta, Liberty.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 9:51PM
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mac48025 ( SE michigan)

Great idea Donna. Love your awakening angel. Now that's blue ! Great voice Ruth, love liberty. Here's my paradise island awakening this spring.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 10:11PM
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don_in_colorado

Well DD, I think my favorite will have to be this one. The bed full of fragrant hostas.

Don B.

Wow and wow to those pics, DD and Ruth.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 10:14PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Oh, Don, look at your fragrants growing so full! It won't be long before they fill in the gaps. They will definitely be larger than my container equivalents next spring.

Donna, I have Awakening Angel, but yours is the best yet. I admire the white backs on the leaves. A perfect specimen well grown.

It would be hard to surpass those Liberty hosta of yours, Ruth! For sheer impact, every one of them is a knockout, but the ROW.....awesome.

Mac, your Paradise Island is breathtaking! If I did not have it already, I'd be on the phone with another EMERGENCY ORDER....I've been known to get so pleased and happy with a surprise beauty that I jump and exclaim, and breathe a lot of good CO2 on them as a reward. I bet you did something like a cartwheel on spying THAT beauty!

I'm trying to recall which one it was that absolutely delighted me THE MOST, this spring. I think it was ......

Squash Casserole! I bet BKay knew it would be that one.

Taken April 16, 2014. It still looks like a million bucks! I know it will start going downhill sooner or later, but it is a tour de force of hosta beauty and health. I'd cry if anything outrageous happened to it now.

However, to show what I mean, here is the recent photo of it taken July 22, I think. You gotta love something that sturdy.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 11:24PM
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mbug_gw

Awesome pics all....

My favorite June

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 11:47PM
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don_in_colorado

Hey, that's MY favorite June, too! : )

Don B.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 11:58PM
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DelawareDonna(7A)

Burning the midnight oil here. The meds are not kicking in from the knee surgery I had today. It's great revisiting all of these beautiful photos. Moc - no surprise here lol. We all know how much you love Squash Casserole; and it is glowing in your photo.

DD

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 12:43AM
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zkathy(7a NC)

I think I posted this one. Fire and Ice in May.

Kathy

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 7:46AM
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tnjdm

Pics like these is what got me started on Hosta. Just so beautiful.

My better half caught me talking to my babies after work yesterday. After torrential rains, just had to make sure they were okay.

She will understand if any of mine end up looking like these!

John

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 7:52AM
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Eleven(Metro Detroit 6A)

Donna, sorry to hear about your pain. My husband also had knee surgery yesterday and was also awake most the night. Hope you both do better today

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 8:21AM
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Ruth_MI(z5MI)

Mac - that Paradise Island is stunning!!!

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 8:23AM
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mac48025 ( SE michigan)

Thanks Ruth. That emergent freshness of new hosta's just glows with new life. Here's Libery emerging.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 8:41AM
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evermore_gw z 4/5 NB

What a magnificent display. It's hard to measure up to the standards set by all of the above. Among my favorites this year was Paradise Joyce.

Steve

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 9:33AM
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DelawareDonna(7A)

Glorious PJ, Steve. Very similiar to June.

DD

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 9:50AM
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party_music50

Checked this thread from 'most recent posts' because of the subject line.... gorgeous photos! great idea!

Here's my fav pic of this year. :)

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 10:01AM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Party Music, you show a great photo of some gorgeous well grown hosta. Glad you dropped it into the mix. We are quite fond of pictures here.

You need to drop in more often and show us the rest of your garden. Thanks for the treat.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 10:10AM
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santamiller(8b TX)

What a great thread! I'm excited to see all of the coming pictures. Guacamole is my favorite picture of my 20ish hostas. I have a couple of new ones from this spring that I hoping with overtake it in beauty next year.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 10:17AM
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mac48025 ( SE michigan)

Loving all these great pics. The only problem is that my never ending "must have" list is growing. Never seen Paradise Joyce before. It is very much like June, which is always a good thing.

Party Music. What hosta is that? I hope it's something a already have as I promised myself that the hosta order I placed Sunday would be my last of the year. Well, my wife is a teacher and to her the new year starts next week works for me!

Guacamole is a great one, thanks for sharing Santa Miller.

I have to add another pic, right? Roy Klehm it is.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 11:35AM
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DelawareDonna(7A)

One is a lonely number, right Mac. lol

DD

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 11:49AM
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mac48025 ( SE michigan)

It's the loneliest number that I ever knew, Donna. Did I just reveal my age? The 70's weren't all that long ago, right? Where's a bullfrog pic when I need it? All those that don't remember or ever heard of Three Dog Night must wondering what the .....ummmmm, heck I'm talking about!

Since I need "one". Guardian Angel

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 12:00PM
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luuk(9b)

So many beautiful photos here, well done everyone!

Donna, your Awakening Angel is wonderful!

Here my n.1 for this season, is a heart shaped leaf of Clear Fork River Valley.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 1:08PM
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don_in_colorado

A good friend of mine was a Bullfrog...I believe his name was...Jeremiah.

Don B.

My other favorite pic (of several) is Fragrant Blue and Cerveza..

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 1:17PM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Fascination x Mirror Mirror seedling

Steve

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 1:21PM
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DelawareDonna(7A)

Luuk - I "heart" that photo.

DD

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 1:29PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

I love the heart shaped leaves too, and I suppose I have quite a few as a "theme" of "hearts" in them. Heart's Content, Heart And Soul, Faithful Heart, Cheatin'Heart, Heartache, Hearts On Fire, Heartsong, Happy Hearts, hmmmm, did I miss any? :)
That doesn't count the ones with the heart shaped leaves.
Clear Fork River Valley is a great plant, leaf shape and all.

Jeremiah is the name of an obliging young man at Lowes who always loads my car. I remember his name by the bullfrog song. Nice to have a personal familiar relationship with the impersonal large stores we rely on these days, instead of the mom and pop places of years gone by.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 1:50PM
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mac48025 ( SE michigan)

Luuk. Can you just send me your entire photo library? You're amazing! Thanks again for sharing your exquisite eye with us.

Great streaked one there Steve. I'm currently in a streaked hosta craze. And a giant hosta craze. And a corrugated hosta stage. And a.....I'm sure I'm in good company and you all understand.

Good, so I'm not the only one that's old enough to remember such songs. The older the violin the sweeter the music. No wonder it's such a symphony here. Btw, boots are provided at the door :)

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 2:09PM
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DelawareDonna(7A)

Mac - You a funny guy. Your enthusiasm for growing all things hosta is contagious on this forum.

Yes, I'm, indeed, old enough to remember that song!

DD

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 6:22PM
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mac48025 ( SE michigan)

Thanks Donna. My wife's says I'm contagious also......she's been searching for the anti-body for 30 years! Being Irish I have a zest for life and all things green. Hence my passion for gardening. While I enjoy my butterfly gardens, pond, Japanese maples, dwarf conifers and woodland plants, hosta's call to me the most and it's refreshing sharing with others who appreciate their charm as much as I do. In other words it's comforting finding other hosta nuts to share my insanity with!

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 7:19PM
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sherrygirl zone5

Tough one for me, it was Pauls Glory or Sea dream. Pauls Glory won today.

Sherry

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 8:12PM
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garyz6ohio

Blue Hawaii in the sunlight

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 8:34PM
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mikgag Z5b NS Canada

I need a camera and need to start taking pics. All I have that's recent is Fiesta....

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 9:25PM
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don_in_colorado

"SHEEEEEERRRRRYYYY"!!!!

Your pic is upside-down : )

Feel the Wrath of Don...

Don B.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 9:32PM
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funnthsun z7A - Southern VA

Well, everyone knows my favorite this year! I've posted it several times now.

June Fever & Peacock Spikemoss

Since most have seen my favorite, I'll post a couple of the runners-up

Spring Shower & Night Shift

Stained Glass

Rainbow's End and a freshly bloomed rain lily

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 9:34PM
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don_in_colorado

LOVE that Stained Glass pic with the lilies, beautiful, Funn!

Don B.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 9:50PM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

Anemone and Albopicta in spring.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 10:54PM
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sherrygirl zone5

Don, I feel it!!!!!! Took that before i mastered my technology!!! Shame on me!!

Sherry

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 12:08AM
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bragu_DSM 5

Don â¦. I never understood a word he said â¦

dave

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 12:16AM
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LRB3(7b GA)

Atlantis front and center, backed by June Fever, Pineapple Upsidedown Cake, and Fragrant Bouquet.

This post was edited by LRB3 on Wed, Aug 20, 14 at 9:29

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 9:27AM
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Jon 6a SE MA

Please don't yell at me Don.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 10:04AM
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don_in_colorado

Nice pic, Jon : )

Don B.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 10:30AM
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DelawareDonna(7A)

Very nice combo of hostas, LRB3.

Jon - keeping us in suspense for not identifying the hosta that this scape belongs to is why Don is yelling at you! lol

DD

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 10:31AM
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Jon 6a SE MA

Thanks Don.

Even a blind squirrel finds and acorn once in a while. ;-)

Jon

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 10:34AM
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stoc zone 6 sweden

What great looking hostas and pix. I can't decide but I like this picture of Elegans year 2.

I just got my Guardian Angel yesterday ,can't wait for it to look like that.

Pauls Glory too.

Great Expectations I'm thrilled with.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 11:20AM
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newhostalady Z6 ON, Canada

What a great thread---and the hosta and plants are to die for!

So Donna you asked for my "favorite hosta photo" that I posted this season. But I can't remember all the ones I posted!!! LOL So here is one of my favorites.

Great Arrival really surprised me this year. I never knew it could look so beautiful.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 11:39AM
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DelawareDonna(7A)

Newhostalady - I'm really loving Great Arrival. It's not in the Hosta Library so must be relatively new?

DD

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 2:28PM
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don_in_colorado

Great Arrival's in there, DD...One of the pics is mine : )

Don B.

This post was edited by Don_in_Colorado on Wed, Aug 20, 14 at 15:18

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 3:09PM
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don_in_colorado

Mikgag - Fiesta looks like a good one!

Don B.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 3:20PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

First, FUNN.... The spikemoss is absolutely stunning with hosta. I'm on a roll here with PDN, I'm sure you know that means Plant Delights so only clarify for those without introduction to their great shrubbery and plants for sale.
Cannot wait for that order (with only one hosta) coming to me.

And Don, the blue of Fragrant Blue and Cerveza are lovely together. Jo has remarked recently that we seem to have similar plants, and while I paired another chartreuse/gold with FragBlue, I love the colors side by side.

So here is one of my OLD favorite photos, with plantaginea, Fragrant Blue, and Royal Standard back in 2012 March. That is Mama looking all golden and lovely. Royal Standard is definitely green there. And FB is of course blue as I ever saw it.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 3:42PM
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don_in_colorado

That's a beautiful pic, Mocc. Just gotta love the fragrants. This pic is showing part of the extended family; Fragrant Dream, Sugar and Spice, with little Emily Dickinson, too.

Don B.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 4:02PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Mercy! Don, that Cerveza is a big dude, what are you feeding it? Yep, gotta love the fragrant family.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 4:08PM
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mac48025 ( SE michigan)

Great pics and idea moc and Don. Hosta combos it is. From left to right. Sara's Sensation, Hyuga (something), Yellow Polka Dot Bikini and Wylde Green Cream with Earth Angel in the back.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 4:11PM
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DelawareDonna(7A)

I guess since you cannot eat more then one potato chip - it's hard to post just one favorite photo.

Here's Ginsu Knife sticking her tongue out with ADG and Guacamole in the background.

DD

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 5:20PM
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mac48025 ( SE michigan)

Great Arrival and Ginsu Knife are on my must have list now. How is it that for every new hosta I get my must have list grows by five?

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 5:34PM
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Jon 6a SE MA

DD,

I missed your post, we sailed past each other like ships in the night...Oh, the picture, why it is one of my 20 Sagaes !?!?

Today-

Hey, this not such a bad picture either.

Jon

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 6:05PM
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redwolfdoc_z5(5)

Autumn Frost catching the spring sunshine

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 11:02AM
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DelawareDonna(7A)

Autumn Frost - That's a wowser!

DD

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 12:13PM
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party_music50

ooooo aaaaahhhh, there are some great photos/hostas posted here.

moccasinlanding, thanks! I had almost forgotten about posting here. Will try to check things out more often. I just can't afford to want any more hostas -- no space. lol!

mac48025, the hostas in the pic are:
Montana aureomarginata at top center. Francee to the back left, and Undulata Erromena to the back right. I think that's Heavenly Tiara to the front left of MA, and Dark Star in the foreground. This is the first year that the deer didn't eat Dark Star! :) There's a gorgeous Plantagenia behind MA that you can't see in this pic. :p

luuk, I LOVE the single heart-shaped leaf photo!

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 6:37PM
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hostahosta

It was so hard to choose one hosta, let alone one picture!! But here it is. I went with a group shot. Great Expectations surrounded by several blue hostas, ferns, and hydrangea.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 6:53PM
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