My Hostas 2015

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    Taking a walk yesterday, shots of all my hostas up and happy. My gardens are located in Parkesburg, PA, Chester County. You can see other pics, and videos on You tube at Estherredstar Channel.
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    with a good rain storm some of the tree crap will clean up off the leaves.
     
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    Woah! You did upload a lot pictures! Your hostas look so great, very healthy and beautiful. I can tell you take really good care of them :) I had already seen this kind of plant somewhere else already, but I had no idea what they were called.
     
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    They're beautiful!!:D I love when plants look so healthy, green and lush. You're doing a great job:) My mother grows hostas too. Our dog likes lying on them;)
     
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    thank you all. Hosta's are the easiest to care for. To me its finding the right color, size and texture to compliment the surroundings etc. Over the years we have removed many to just give away to friends. Even though in the pictures it may not be noticeable, but I tried to capture the picture of the larger ones in comparison to the car near by for size. there is also a very wee little one I do enjoy and is a very rugged one, called baby bunting. I love the yellows, they are good for popping in shade. The blues match my house. And I did realize I did miss one. Will try to get a picture today.
     
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    Your hostas are so impressive. I didn't realize there was such variety. I've tried twice with the ones with the white edges but have been decimated by snails. What is your secret. You say they are easy. I imagine if I try again I'll be out all hours doing snail watch.
     
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    about 20 years ago I gathered all the books I could from the library to learn about hostas, amazed by the variety, shape, height, with, leaf texture, color, flower color etc. Any plant in a garden is like decorating a room, each complements the other etc. So thus my choices in the area. The heavier leaf hosta does keep snails at bay I am told, however, I don't seem to have to worry too much about that. Slugs do show up once a while, I believe my toads take care of that issue. But if I see more than usual I like using the beer in the saucer method.
    Thanks for your responds.
     
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    Thanks for the tips Esther. I'll try my luck with a heavier leaf hosta and sit in next to a pub!!!
     
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    These are just lovely! You have so many sizes, colors, textures, and shapes in your hostas- it looks fabulous!

    I think I see Blue Mouse Ears in your photos... aren't they the cutest little thing? I've seen some really nice ones here spreading in the foregound of shade borders more than once. They certainly do the trick without any fuss or issues.
     
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    Lovely, Esther - those look like really well-established and happy hostas. :) I have quite a few myself, they are so easy to grow. Last fall I forgot to thin them out so a couple of my hosta beds are a tad overcrowded right now.

    I want to get some of the humungous giant ones with leaves several feet across for my side yard but they are hard to find.
     
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    Your Hosta are very pretty, and well cared for. I was thinking about what I wanted out front something easy and now I know Hosta. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    The one picture I have with the car next to it is the largest leaf one I have. The flower on it, is as long as from the tips of my fingers to two inches past my wrist.
    The leaf is so big, someone said to me, you could lay a baby on it. I have three of those. This season, even with the cold we had did not seem to faze any of my plants. All is well.
     
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    You have a lovely woodland garden. You obviously have chosen nicely and they love where they are. My little woodland and hosta garden are taking off this year. My mini hostas are in pots to show them off and keep the slugs at bay. My Pandora's box was eaten to the ground by a slug. It is just now recovering. I love the variety of this species.
     
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    Good for you! You must have a lot of shade. We have a few varieties growing up here in Michigan; although, I have no idea of all of the names! One of my favorites is the one with the white edges that you posted, but with having so many varieties it is hard to choose! Thanks for sharing such lovely pictures!

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    You mention that you captured some of your larger plants, I must say must of ours are not near a big of a plant, yet, this season.
     
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    thanks. We do have shade. At one time we had to 22 180 foot tall trees in just the front yard alone. Two years ago we took down 4 in the front and 4 in the back due to the proximity to the house and already one limb crashed into a gutter etc. So now the front has a little more light. It is less leaves in the fall, not by much but any less helps. I pick my hostas by size needed and color in the location I am needed and how they will compliment surrounding plants. Also my house is blue, so it was a easy call to put a few blue near the house in the front. Yellow is lovely too as a partner to the blues,, both together works. And then there is the height, I have one, that grows in a vase shape, it stands as high as my hip, and folds out nicely, has a blue caste to it, the hydrangea when it blooms behind it does well with it.

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    Oh, this is so exciting to meet someone who knows their Hosta's so well! When I figure out how to load pictures from my camera. I am having trouble getting my laptop to be compatible with the connection up here, sigh. I am going to post some of ours. If you would be so kind, maybe you could help me identify some of them! We do have a blue toned one, too. Your picture is so striking, such a lovely sight to get out of the car and see! We also have a Pink Annable called Spirit and a Limelight at my parents house up in Michigan. Interesting enough, or shall I say sad, never had much luck with the blue hydrangea. Not sure why? Oh yeah, coincidentally, my parents house in town in blue, too, but more of a turquoise. The farm house is a common white, lol.
     
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    Beautiful varieties of hostas! I love all the green look and they are so healthy!
     
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