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Re: New to list too!

Welcome to the list!
I too have been on a grass elimination mission. When I first moved into my
house it took me 90 minutes to mow the lawn---that is now down to 13
minutes. Meanwhile hostas have increased from 0 to over 260 varieties. This
year I have also been adding as many duplicates
as I have new varieties. Additions include 6 more Sum & Substance,
6 more Blue Angel, Tattoo,  and many many more.
Preston Littleton
Seaford DE
zone 7
-----Original Message-----
From: firekeep@mcn.net <firekeep@mcn.net>
To: hosta-open@mallorn.com <hosta-open@mallorn.com>
Date: Sunday, May 17, 1998 12:56 AM
Subject: New to list too!

> I subscribed last night after finding out about this list. I have a few
>hostas and am getting a few more in this spring. I have started a small
>bed on the north side of my house between the sidewalk and the
>foundation.It is about 30" deep and 14' long. I decided to put in small
>to dwarf hostas, smaller ferns and small astilbes. I don't want to be
>pushed off the sidewalk into the mud by huge plants.! So fare I have
>Chartruese Wiggles, lanc. var. thunbergiana and Verna Jean. The latter
>was sent as a free gift and all are from Shady Oaks. Thunbergiana hasn't
>sprouted yet but the other two are doing fine. I also put in a Japanese
>Painted Fern and some Northern Maidenhair. At the eastern and most
>brightly lit part of the bed I put in a white bleeding heart. I'll add
>small astilbes next spring and maybe some more small hostas. Our soil is
>on the heavy clay sweet side. Lots of very old rotted horse manure and
>sawdust is being added. It grew very healthy grass. It is zone 4 and
>somewhat exposed to western winter winds.
> I have a few other hosta around. Honeybells, a rather large blue one
>that is already huge and this is it's 3rd year. Also a yellow leafed one
>and a variegated one. No names, just picked up on impulse from a local
>nursery. I ordered and am expecting Serndipity, und. albmarg., Gold
>Standard and Sun Power.
> I have plans for the next few years to fill my front yard with trees
>and shrubs to make a mini-forest. I want to then fill in with ferns and
>hosta with not a scrap of grass. I hate mowing. It seems that if this is
>done right, it will be a lower maintence type of front yard and
>definately cooler on those hot summer days of 90s and 100s plus keep
>some of the bitter winter winds from the west from sweeping in when it
>is -30. I figure the back yard will be the sunny grass place for
>grandkids to play and wrestle on.
> I'm looking forward to getting information on the care and feeding of
>hostas, what's good and what's not so good.
>Ann B.
>Montana Gardener
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