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Great Expectations

Posted by esox48 4/MN (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 10, 12 at 10:33

Paul's Glory isn't the only hosta the Winter Nursery has better luck with than most of us. I think this is Great Expectations, although I couldn't find a tag.

Great Expectations at Winter

And this is Great Expectations. It has a tag, is growing right next to a gravel road, has some green leaves they haven't bothered to remove. A couple of the leaves have tire tread marks. Basically just a forlorn and neglected plant that no one even notices.

Great Expectations at Winter2


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RE: Great Expectations

People have problems growing Paul's Glory?


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RE: Great Expectations

Very nice specimens. Ironic, because I'm planning on replacing Paul's Glory with Great Expectations next year- and I have just the neglected spot for it! (I won't be driving over it however, yikes!)


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RE: Great Expectations

Everyone is saying the GE is so difficult. I bought three of them last year, knowing nothing about it, and grouped them. Here is a pic this year. I have since moved 2 of the 3 because they were too crowded and have placed in much different locations around my garden. I hope at least one of them thrives!


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RE: Great Expectations

GE is difficult,but not impossible. When you find the right location in your garden,it will grow quite well! Phil


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RE: Great Expectations

This one is 2nd year and in some sun. Still immature leaves. One I have in shade (planted 08) has gotten bigger but still 1 division.

Paul


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RE: Great Expectations

I have no problems with H.'Great Expectations. Here is one in more sun. Last year the second set of leaves were streaked.

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This one only gets morning sun, then dappled shade.
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These two are waiting to get planted when the heat is over. Bernd
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RE: Great Expectations

Yes, Hosta 'Great Expectations' has a rep for being touchy.

This is such a long-standing rep that it probably has some merit.

Our experience: we have several and all, by and large, are superb.

That said, last year one showed all the symptoms of tree-root strangulation, so since it would die if nothing was done, out it came and into a pot size appropriate to the great root ball size recovered.

Nope, died, fooie!

Lived up to the rep; don't transplant, divide, or otherwise mess with one that's doing well.

Other Hosta-Wisdoms we may dispute (don't plant blue in sun: why not, they grow bigger, badder, meaner, faster. Yup they change colour over the growing season, BUT HEY, we so celebrate so many other Hosta that do that, so I hereby add blues to the list).

/rant_off/

GE is, IMO, worth the effort/risk to try.

After all, how many of us put up with Hosta 'Frances Williams'? Fess up . . .

fwiw,

hh


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RE: Great Expectations

"Other Hosta-Wisdoms we may dispute (don't plant blue in sun: why not, they grow bigger, badder, meaner, faster. Yup they change colour over the growing season, BUT HEY, we so celebrate so many other Hosta that do that, so I hereby add blues to the list)."

Ok, I'll dispute that with you, lol. I'll take the slower growth to have a hosta stay blue as long as possible.

I'd rather have my Love Pat look like this, pretty much all season:
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rather than one of these crispy blue critters in a parking lot the other dayPhotobucket

And my own Elegans fried in some extra hot morning sun earlier this season, despite lots of waterPhotobucket

I'll take the shade to have prettier hostas, longer. :)


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