New Hostas For 2014 at Hallson Gardens!!

don_in_coloradoDecember 23, 2013

...Since I am not affiliated with Hallson Gardens in any way, just an enthusiast of their superior stock/inventory, I thought that if others didn't know about it yet...They might want to...Looks like they have at least a couple dozen varieties new to them for 2014, including 'Warwick Comet' (YAYY)! Just an FYI...

Here To Help,
Don B.

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bkay2000(8a TX)

They also have plantaginea finally. Don't order them all before I get mine, though.

bk

    Bookmark   December 23, 2013 at 7:08PM
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don_in_colorado

LOL Bkay, don't worry, I'm only getting one plantaginea. Their e-mail stating it was back in stock led me to their website, which made me notice their 'New For 2014' category.

BTW Bkay...Do you have better luck with fragrant hosta than with a lot of other varieties, generally speaking, as far as your hot climate goes? Just curious...

Cheers,
Don B.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2013 at 7:15PM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

No, actually, I don't think so. The problem I have is that they come up so early that they are often damaged by the cold. So Sweet is sometimes "pipping" by mid-february. We have many cold spells after mid-February. Oftentimes, the ones that come up later look better than the fragrants. It's because of the pots, I assume. They do allow more cooling than if they were inground hosta, but they also warm up earlier. Last year was the first year I've had bad damage to fragrants. Some were knocked back to single eyes. Before that, they just showed signs of being too cold.

I'm trying to figure out what to do to alleviate that problem. I suppose I should put them in the shade, but I don't have much when the trees are bare. If I put them in flower beds under the shrubs, with no "feet" under them, they get slug damage.

bk

    Bookmark   December 24, 2013 at 11:23AM
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miketropic

Am I missing somthing with this plantaginea? I have maybe 10 of them, HUGE ones I was given. They are fragrant but I never knew they were anything special..

    Bookmark   December 25, 2013 at 7:53PM
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don_in_colorado

I suppose it's just a matter of preferences, Mike. I love it, as do many, though I imagine a lot of people may simply think it's just too plain-looking and common compared to other newer or 'flashier' hostas. Of course, it's just a solid green color, but all species hosta are, I think. It's a parent of quite a few great hybrids, and has sported some beautiful varieties as well. Being the only species with fragrant flowers, basically all other fragrant varieties of hosta have plantaginea DNA in 'em. It has the distinction of being the first hosta species to arrive in Europe, originating in Southeastern China.

Actually, I guess it's not such a plain hosta after all. : )

Don B.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 2:28AM
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miketropic

well if I knew it was not avaliable I would have offered some eyes up.. mine are all sleeping now. I think I dug 5 or 6 mature ones to take to my new house

    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 7:53AM
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miketropic

well if I knew it was not avaliable I would have offered some eyes up.. mine are all sleeping now. I think I dug 5 or 6 mature ones to take to my new house

    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 7:55AM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

It was available. It was just not available from Chris. After my last one turned out to be an Aphrodite, I decided to wait until he had them. That way, I'm sure to get the real deal.

bk

    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 11:19AM
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bernd ny zone5

Mike, Plantaginae and its kids are not burning in the sun. I have Avocado, Aphrodite, Holy Mole, Guacamole and Fried Bananas in some sun where others had burned. Another plus is that they are fragrant and most are nicely variegated. Bernd

    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 5:48PM
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