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Posted by josephines67 5 ON (My Page) on
Fri, Nov 1, 13 at 13:18

Which, out of all the hosta you own, if you could only choose ONE....(I know, I know, but TRY) which one would you name TOP GUN for this season?

No runner up, no honourable mentions, not even close....only TOP GUN

If you include a photo (or multiple photos to illustrate your point) (but photo not necessary if it will prevent you from posting a reply) it will have more impact for the viewer. To re-iterate:

1. NAME your Top Gun and
2. WHY did you choose it?
3. Post PIC(s)

Your reply may be the one that helps someone decide ... when they already think they have too many ... or they only add one new hosta per year ... your reply can help narrow down that decision ... and have your name attached to a particular hosta someone decides to buy next year!

This is not as easy as it sounds.....some of us will have a difficult time to choose JUST ONE.


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H. 'Lakeside Shore Master'...

...is my top gun for 2013. Why?....because it has beautifully soft colours, even when the yellow becomes more pronounced it still has that 'soft' colour quality about it that draws me in. Because my LSM is new this year, it still the smooth texture to its leaves and has yet to acquire its seersucker appearance. It will be quite a beauty when mature.

The fall transition thrilled me to no end. The leaves took on a golden colour. Being of thick substance they stayed intact beautifully without the usual drying, crinkling or disintegrating edges.

Lakeside Shore Master in July


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LSM in September


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LSM on October 16th, 2013


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If it had to be one, for me it would be 'Liberty'
I usually gravitate toward solid or mediovariegated Hosta, but 'Liberty' is a definite exception. I remember when I first got it that I couldn't wait until it developed its wide border. The wait made it even more rewarding when it got there and the combo of its stature and color make it a standout throughout the season which is why it would be my choice for "Top Gun"
Dan

This post was edited by dansgrdn on Fri, Nov 1, 13 at 14:37


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My choice is MONTANA AUREOMARGINATA .the leaf size an shape and the dramatic variegation .Liberty is a very close second.


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sunnywood stole my choice...so yeah, Montana A.


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I knew I'd be in trouble the minute the minute I posted this thread!!! Lol
Dan, Sunny and Mikgag - WOW! You've made some of my anticipation a reality so far. Great choices and I'm thankful for your pics. I will consider them my and everyone else's treats (following Hallowe'en). :-)

Confession: I am looking for THE new addition for 2014 based on entries to this thread. At the end of one week I will commit to, and purchase next spring, my hosta of choice as a result of your entries. I am very excited about the potential already!

I am recording a tally of submissions. Hint...I don't have one of the listed above and it has blown my hair back!! :-)


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Lake Side Shore Master is a favorite of mine and took the 2011 title.

For 2013 it was a hard choice but On Stage won. It stole the show. It beckons to you from far away and will make you stare for a while. Everyone needs one. Paula


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It's great fun to look at pictures like these. There are so many that could be chosen. I picked something a little unexpected - Lederhosen. I went with it because I've had it for a while but this year it caught my attention and once it did it kept me coming back, being compelled to look at it again and again.

The first picture is of my sisters plant in Washington. The second is mine a month later in Canada. This plant has such great texture.

5-7-13   (64)

June 2013


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I know, I know, Antioch is a really old one, but it is a standout in my garden. Perhaps because it is in a barrel and elevated it seems to be pretty immune to bug bites, and it drapes elegantly. Here it is in late October, still superb.
Jan

Antioch photo 2013October2garden020_zpsa5ec0690.jpg


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Jo, mine is 'Big Daddy', and the reason is it went from a little plant, plain-looking with flat leaves, to one of the biggest hosta I have from 2012-2013. I was delighted to see it acquired a lot of the 'textbook' cupping you see in mature clumps. A lot of good 'leapers' for me this season, but he really powered to the top of my garden's 'performers' list.

Has a reputation for being a slow grower, too. Go figure, eh?

Don B.

This post was edited by Don_in_Colorado on Fri, Nov 1, 13 at 21:15


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That's what I'm talkin' about; You could drink from this cup : )

Jan, old or not, that's a gorgeous plant. ('Big Daddy' is old, too.) Beautiful hosta from all the other posters, too.

Don B.

This post was edited by Don_in_Colorado on Fri, Nov 1, 13 at 21:49


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Hosta 'Golden Gate'

it's big, fast growing, gives different colors through the season, and as shown here in fall, has the subtle variagation I so admire, like Rascal et. al.

great thread concept !

hh1


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I had a lot of Hosta that "lept" this year, but this one performed like I hoped it would. Still a favorite.

H. Stingray


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Steve,I thought Stingray was a centrally variegated hosta? It looks more like Lakeside Ripples. Phil


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For me it has to be June

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She sat in full sun all summer including four weeks of high 70's temperatures and no rain. She kept her beauty with the exception of throwing a few blue leaves till late October.
I've had her a good few years now and this is the biggest she has ever been.
Can't wait for next year


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Hostafreak,
You must be thinking of 'Clifford's Stingray' not 'Stingray'.

My top gun hosta is Foxfire Palm Sunday.
Each year it puts on great growth. We got this one in 2010.

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Vanessa


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Phil,

Stingray is a green Hosta. You're probably thinking of Clifford's Stingray.

Steve


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Vanessa, I've never heard of your hosta before today. It is an unusual beauty with much going for it! I actually see a diamond pattern in the seersuckering on one leaf, left off centre and it seems like each leaf has its own interesting pattern. . . Narrow....elliptical...nice choice!

Tiddisolo - that is a very beautiful, perfect June!

Steve, Stingray looks huge. . . Love the loooong thin pointed ends and ripples...it's a lovely semi upright (in my eyes) hosta!

Paula, you said it! I could eat that one up, it's so scrumptious. . . What a beautiful On Stage!

McTavish - I can appreciate your choice! I am crazy for blues, all blues, but I really gravitate towards that grey/blue soft tone which your Lederhosen has and the shape of those leaves. . . Aahh wow factor! Your leaves actually have a ripple in them where your sister's does not....isn't that interesting?

Jan - ditto! I love mine too...this year it really hung onto its creamy edge for quite awhile before finally going white...the leaves get bigger and bigger each year . . . Yours is a stunner and I applaud your choice - some hosta just never get "old" :-)

Don, aka Mr. 'G' aka Guacamole Don! I'm envious of your Big Daddy! You seem to have a prime example of a perfectly grown BD in my opinion. It is the most attractive one I have seen . . . Beautiful cupping, lovely colour and a pleasing shape overall. How did you do that??? Mine is true to rumour, a slow grower.

Hostahillbilly 1, your Golden Gate is superb! I have admired Rascal for the past two years for its subtle variegation but your GG takes the cake! I really like the light golden sheen on yours...truly gorgeous!


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Jo, I will share my secret for growing 'Big Daddy'...

1. Dig hole
2. Plant 'Big Daddy'
3. Water often and generously during growing season

Don't tell anyone! : )

Don B.


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I'm afraid my top gun for this year is not going to help you choose for next year because you already have it!

It's a beauty in the spring. The colors tone down mid season, but it still makes quite a statement. And then if we are lucky, the fall colors are fantastic. A definite beauty for the whole season from start to finish!

Great Expectations

This post was edited by newhostalady on Sun, Nov 3, 13 at 0:35


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And for fall coloration, here it is:


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NHL, that is a 'Great Expectations', yes? It's beautiful...

Uh-ohh! Did I just jinx it by saying it's name?? : P

Don B.


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Pssst, Don...your secret's safe with me! ... Nyuck, nyuck...thanks for sharing, eh?

NHL...that one fall leaf should win a prize - it's just so amazing! Your favourite and one of mine, any day! :-)
Jo


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Steve, your 'Stingray' looks fantastic. What a great plant. Why don't I have one yet? Truth is, I've had a little trouble finding it.

Don B.


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Thanks, Don. I think I got mine from Jims. Wade and Gatton has it also.

Steve


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Thanks, Steve, that's great enabling! : )

Don B.


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Jo, thanks for the compliments on 'Big Daddy'. It's really not a very big plant yet, but I'm really happy with it's growth over two seasons. I'm really most pleased that it's getting a mature look to it, and hopefully it'll do another size leap in the spring.

It's greener than it 'should' be because it is in more sun than I would like, but it's obviously happy where it's sited, so I won't be transplanting it in the forseeable future. : )

Did I talk you into one? Maybe another pic...

I'm 100% certain Steve has talked me into 'Stingray' for next season.

Cheers,
Don B.


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Yes, Don, you are right. The plant is Great Expectations. Sorry I forgot to add the name.

Great thread Jo. Thanks for the compliment on the photo. I took the fall leaf photo on a rainy day just before I left for the day.

These are all wonderful hostas. I am loving all of them!

I hadn't heard of Golden Gate. You seem to have a very nice one, hostahillbilly!

This post was edited by newhostalady on Sun, Nov 3, 13 at 9:45


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I think, for me, it would have to be Wishing Well. I have never seen a hosta stay so very blue as this one. This pic was taken on September 7th! This hosta never missed a beat all year!


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I'd have to go with Lakeside Shoremaster also. Here's mine from May,Phil

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Oooohhh, be still my heart! What a beauty .... mine aspires to be one too in say, maybe two years to get all those dimples? :-)

Funn...another beautiful blue...new to me :-)


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stacking the ballot box, i posted Golden Gate earlier showing it's grandious fall goldeness, claiming it's wondrous seasonal colour changes, so now here's my proof of how it's a new seasonal wonder: a completely different plant earlier in the season, two hostas for one price / space

hh the competetor


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Well, HH, you talked me into another one. Shameless enabling! Sweet!!

Winter project when foot is healed: Move rear neighbors' fence back 8 feet. : )

Don B.

EDIT: Jo, I should pay attention...You already have 'Big Daddy'...Duh!!

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Lol, Don...I knew you'd catch it :-) btw...how's the foot healing? Ok?

HH...that's the spirit! You just 'rave on' (hey, Buddy Holly) ... I am glad to see the extra pic from earlier on...it's a great contender...I've been checking on these to see if I have access to them somewhat locally.

Come on, hosta lovers - I know there is more out there. :-)

Jo


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vote early, vote often...

Golden Gate leaf

the evil HH PAC


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Lol.....but definitely a serious contender! This particular close-up reminds me of cold heart which I do not have but is on my want list.


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Favorites of my sisters plants. It was impossible to pick between these two giants.

Dream Weaver Judys .

Beauty Substance Judys


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Wow, McT! That is a beautiful and large Dream Weaver..mine is just a little one...hope it grows quickly.


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Great...Now I have to get 'Beauty Substance'!!

Oh, I remember seeing pics of your sister's 'secret steroid' plants, McTavish. I am always amazed.

Don B.


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Touch Of Class is the one. Great color and leaf marking. She still looks good in November.

I enlarged and rearranged my front bed this fall just so Touch Of Class could be more prominently displayed.

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Harryshoe...i can see why you would want to showcase it, it is a beautiful specimen! All three hosta, heuchera and flowering bush in this pic are gorgeous and substantial in size! Lovely garden!

Jo


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Harry, I think that is the nicest 'Touch Of Class' I've seen.

Jo, the foot is coming right along, no issues, thanks for asking...

BTW, I wasn't being a smart-a**, that's really all I did with my 'Big Daddy', besides amending the clay a bit with some yummier soil. : ) They grow themselves, I'm just here to water 'em.

Cheers,
Don B.


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Thanks Don.

Jo, thanks. This is the picture I will be looking at in January while trying to lift my spirits. And telling myself that three months isn't really that long...

It will be interesting to see how Touch Of Class responds to the transplant site where it will get more light and not be crowded out by other plants.


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