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Red dahlia, only if you wan to sow more.
Brumbull, you are as mad on hostas as I am with hellebores
Will look up that hosta...
Hey Brumbull it looks really good. How many,hostas have you? (sorry if you have already told us)
In my experience, blue hostas in the sun and yellow in the shade?......more sun more water!
Brumbull, I grow too for foliage. They seem to get tatty after flowering.
I had a look hosta Pewterware as a good blue. Which is the best blue? And Fire Island looks tempted by both. First Frost also is beguiling me.......
I usually spray my hostas with seaweed spray....I rarely get troubled by slugs etc
Think I'll go for fire island and a good blue hosta...will go through your list Brumbull, prob tomorrow.


Marge Merrill

Favourite Hosta is Francee, beautiful! 


..not terribly keen on Hosta's, so the only one I grow is sieboldiana 'Elegans'.  It has quite nice blue foliage and a large flower, I think it's quite a bold plant.  Mine is still in a container as I find it more manageable that way...



this photo below was taken late October, in the greenhouse... so it has quite a long flowering season, if fed...



Am I best to let them flower or take the heads off to prolong the leaf quality?
Red dahlia, not allowing flowers to develop does seem to prolong leaf quality.
I have some hostas though that have very fragrant flowers and I do allow these. I think it's the flowers that also attract the slugs and I manage to grow most of my hostas without slug or snail attack.
My flowers were just one spike of bluey purple, not really interesting. The leaves are much more beautiful!
Red dahlia then just grow it as a beautiful foliage plant
Will do. Just didn't know if cutting off flowering stems would damage the flower! Call me addicted but I have just been in the shed with a torch sowing 20 gazania, 18 sweet pea and 2 primula vialii roots that I got reduced from homebase!

I remember seeing that when it broadcast - thanks for putting the link up Brumbull 


I always take the flowering stems off my hostas so they concentrate energy on bulking up the plants (not that I'm a hosta expert like some ).

I think there is a subtle plan going on here....I'm being subconsciously brain washed Into NEEDING hostas. Ha ha

The Hanging Hosta man spoke at our Garden Club in Feb - it was him that gave me the inspiration to go out and buy some more !  Will go visit for myself this July.


Stop or I will feel like splitting isn't enough and a purchase be necessary!
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I always take the flowering stems off my hostas so they concentrate energy on bulking up the plants (not that I'm a hosta expert like some ).

Dove- I only keep the ones which are white as I don't like the wishy washy lilac flowers.

Use a camping stove and go it outside, just wrap up warm. Saves the house Smelling evil!
That's how we cook stinky fish! On the camping burner in the garden, quite good fun to be honest!!

Have you thought about getting the garlic granules from a horse feed shop!!!! Quicker!!

intresting post I dug up my Hosta by accident sill me But I shall be buying two more next year