what do you all do?

amberdimSeptember 1, 2014

When winter comes and no hostas are around to talk about...

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mikgag Z5b NS Canada

Prepare next years list....

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 8:09PM
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amberdim

How many pages?

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 8:11PM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Shovel snow.

SCG

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 8:15PM
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mac48025

Huh. Winter? No hosta's? No way.

Going into denial works for me.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 8:15PM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

I grow Hosta all winter.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 8:27PM
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amberdim

Steve, that is one great project...

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 8:36PM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Seriously, in December I start growing veggies under lights. In Feb/Mar I start sowing my annuals.

SCG

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 8:38PM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

Well, we have the alphabet thing we do. Then sometimes, we persuade Paul to do a hosta leaf bingo. We discuss the hosta we are going to buy in the spring.

Actually, it's a pretty busy forum.

bk

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 8:40PM
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DelawareDonna(7A)

I hibernated last winter. Maybe I'll stick around......

DD

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 8:43PM
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amberdim

I grow inoor citrus so winter or not I,m busy...in March I,ll try to get some perennials going indoors. Too bad I dont have any hosta seedlings to take care of. Well, maybe next year...

This post was edited by amberdim on Mon, Sep 1, 14 at 20:51

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 8:44PM
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thistleandmaize(Zone 5a- Eastern IA)

All the indoor house projects I neglected while spending time in the yard. Our basement needs to be refinished after a flash flood earlier this summer. And I'm going to repaint the kitchen cabinets. And organize organize organize.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 9:17PM
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Eleven(Metro Detroit 6A)

I switch to my Postcrossing hobby :)

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 10:55PM
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mstrecke(z8 Seattle)

Streptocarpus and Begonia plants indoors as well as veggie garden starts and the lists for next springs garden additions, moves and potential removals.

Margaret

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 11:10PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Eleven, what is a postcrossing hobby?

Ha,well I keep posting but I also keep reading. And, I make sure my hostas stay COOL ENOUGH for the winter. Ever vigilant is the key word. I also work on the hardscape of the garden then, perhaps build a new garden bench. Bringing in some rocks this winter, if I can haul them home.

Like mentioned before, the Hosta Alphabet takes up a good month of winter. That's when everybody posts pictures of hostas starting with each letter of the alphabet, stuff like that. Great reference for someone who wants to learn what a hosta can look like. Sort of like playing FISH. (or is it GO FISH?)

JOIN US!

    Bookmark   September 2, 2014 at 12:19AM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Well, stick around and see what happens here. It is slower, but ahem, more deep thinking.... of course.

Actually, the winter peeps are mostly trying to decide what to order. Many mail order places offer earlybird discounts for orders placed in January to be shipped later. The hosta alphabet helps refresh and inspire those "wants".

Otherwise I am gardening all winter long because we don't freeze here. My hosta pots are tucked away where I don't have to look at them but camellias and other plants are blooming from now to March, when the hostas pop up.

-Babka

    Bookmark   September 2, 2014 at 1:00AM
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BungalowMonkeys(6-VA)

Promised the husband when the weather turns I'll finish the projects inside that have been started. Have so many things that need to get done. All easy, just a bit time consuming. Hard to stay inside when it is so beautiful out. With winter comes snowboarding season. First for me in two years, so really looking forward to that. Have to fine tune the want list. Nothing is leaving, but things need shuffling.

Looking forward to seeing the pics from the alphabet posts.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2014 at 5:24AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

there are a few seed sources ... should you wish to dabble in hosta seed growing ... i am sure a new post will get that answer ...

this is one of the forums.. that barely slows down ... albeit .. as noted.. much deeper thinking ... lol

ken

    Bookmark   September 2, 2014 at 6:41AM
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MadPlanter1 zone 5

Enjoy having time to post instead of just quickly browsing! I bought the Hostapedia and the Field Guide to Hostas this year and am looking forward to having time to read them.

This year, instead of planning new beds, I will remind myself "You already have more than you can take care of."

    Bookmark   September 2, 2014 at 9:53AM
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newhostalady Z6 ON, Canada

I usually go through the pictures I have taken during the season and organize them. I like to plan what I am going to change in my garden for the next year---what I was pleased with and what didn't work . And I like to look over the posts that I have previously clipped. I make time to look at my Hosta Journals and other hosta books . . . and dream about having a fantastic garden with more hostas!

This post was edited by newhostalady on Thu, Sep 4, 14 at 19:31

    Bookmark   September 2, 2014 at 1:11PM
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ilovetogrow z9 Jax Florida

I run an alphabet game on a hosta site on Garden Web. It starts the day after Christmas at 4:30am. LOL Paula

First riddle: How many hostas did Mocc buy this year???

    Bookmark   September 2, 2014 at 3:56PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

I watch Mr. Rodgers. Hopefully, into February.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2014 at 1:46AM
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BungalowMonkeys(6-VA)

Tsuga so will I, but only him. He's been one of my QB picks for three years now. Needs to make up for last year. This is who i'll be watching, hoping they finish the year without embarassment.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2014 at 7:04AM
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mac48025

Being from Detroit I've learned our team is like hosta Great Expectations, their results rarely meeting expectations. There's always next year!

    Bookmark   September 3, 2014 at 8:07AM
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bernd ny zone5

(While watching the Patriots) I will update my Excel list and map of my hostas, which will lead to a list of which hostas to look for in 2015. I also will make a list of which chemicals/ fertilizers to have and buy in 2015 from the 2014 list, then will make a list of work to do for 2015 from the 2014 list.
In September / October I will look for hosta seeds in my own garden and buy later seeds on the internet when they get offered. In the mid of November I will start to plant hosta seeds in trays on a shelf in my basement and thereafter start growing hosta seedlings under light 24 hrs. That will be my living hosta garden until May. There will be careful raising, culling most greenies, looking for really good ones and finally in June/ July having 20 or so interesting ones left.

Yes, you can have hostas all year.
Bernd

    Bookmark   September 3, 2014 at 1:20PM
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bernd ny zone5

sorry, duplicate.

This post was edited by berndnyz5 on Wed, Sep 3, 14 at 13:26

    Bookmark   September 3, 2014 at 1:25PM
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don_in_colorado

Oh, I LOVE Mr. Rogers.

Who's that other fellow, TJ??

Don B.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2014 at 10:22PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

That other fellow is from another neighborhood.

tj

    Bookmark   September 3, 2014 at 11:36PM
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don_in_colorado

I remember that fellow, he went to Cal...Glad to see that whole NFL thing seemed to pan out pretty well for him : )

Don B.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2014 at 12:07AM
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Eleven(Metro Detroit 6A)

Moccasin, I randomly exchange postcards with people all over the world via the Postcrossing site. My count is up to 119 :)

Bernd, could you post a pic of your seedling light setup? I keep thinking I want to do something in my basement, but I probably need something sturdy to keep out the cats. I would LOVE to make baby hostas during the winter. Do you buy your special seeds from anywhere in particular? (I saw a few suggestions above from someone).

I'm also going to wintersow some native plant seeds in February. I meant to this year, but it never happened.

Here is a link that might be useful: Postcrossing

    Bookmark   September 4, 2014 at 2:14PM
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tepelus z6a SW MI

Read, write, maybe draw something. Sometimes I actually finish a drawing that I start:

Karen

Here is a link that might be useful: My blog that I sometimes update.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2014 at 2:40PM
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mctavish(4/5)

Very nice Karen. Is that pencil or charcoal?

I read a lot, take nature pictures and work with photos. I make albums and calendars. An annual calendar that I print myself is made from pictures of my sister's and my hostas and gardens. I come up with a theme. Last year it was opposites or compliments. One month was black/white. Also, singing/dancing - big/little - hot/cold - eat/drink.....etc. It's fun and I get lost in it.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2014 at 3:11PM
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bernd ny zone5

Eleven, there are pictures of other people's setups in the Hosta Seed Growers Forum.

My setup is part of a wall of shelves in my basement, I usually use 1, sometimes 2 shelves for growing seedlings. But you need at least another for supplies, and a box underneath to contain growing mix, Perlite, etc. These shelves are made out of 2x4s and 3/4 inch plywood. It would be good to screw them together, not nail, so you can take them apart in case you want to change shelf height,
You would need to start figuring out dimensions, so check into available fluorescent lights. Mine are the old ones of size 50 inch long x 7 1/4 inch wide. I have two side by side hanging from the upper shelf. So your shelf might be 52 inches wide. The upper shelves have a 19 inches vertical opening, should be perhaps 24 to have place for taller seedlings,
Outside dimensions of seedling trays are 11x21.5 inches. I place a total of four trays side by side and end to end on one shelf, which is enough for me. As they grow and need more space, I cull them and make space, all on the single shelf.

You make this shelf once.
Bernd

This post was edited by berndnyz5 on Sun, Sep 7, 14 at 8:53

    Bookmark   September 4, 2014 at 5:45PM
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tepelus z6a SW MI

Thanks, McT. I used Staedtler Mars Lumograph graphite pencils for the drawing on Stonehenge paper, which is a nice cotton vellum textured paper. It took me about a week to draw and several hours each day. I drew it a couple of years ago when I wasn't working and had lots of free time to draw and write and read and such. Working now kind of puts the kibosh on my drawing since I like to go hours a day without being disturbed for highly detailed projects such as that ruined Hungarian church. Otherwise, I lose interest before a project is finished.

Karen

    Bookmark   September 4, 2014 at 9:04PM
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prairie_love(z3/4 ND)

I take my dog ice fishing.

Or snowboarding

Maybe sledding

But mostly I kick myself for all the garden projects I didn't get done AGAIN, and the fact that I STILL haven't labeled the hosta in a way that will withstand the winter, so come spring I'll be sending photos to this forum again for identification.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2014 at 9:13PM
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karin_mt(4 MT)

More than anyone... that dog is waiting for springtime.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2014 at 10:09PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Prairie Love, I feel for you, sugar. hehehehe
But you might be surprised. We're going to have the best set of pictures posted of every imaginable hosta from A to Z and all other which aways. And you will be practicing like ROCKY, so that come spring YOU KNOW EVERY ONE OF YOUR HOSTA BY NAME. Yeah, won't that be FUN?

I put my pictures on automatic slide, even my screensaver is hosta...I try to call out the name before it changes. Good practice. If I keep missing one particular hosta, I go out and find it and give it some TLC so next time I recognize it. After all, I figure I owe it to them. They did not ASK to come to Alabama, but they are making the most of it. :)

love the ice fishing dog, the sledding dog, the slalom watch dog. Cool. Very cool.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2014 at 10:19PM
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