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Re: interesting subjects

Jim Anderson and others have rightly pointed out that political bickering 
would NOT dominate the list if other topics were being actively discussed. I 
may be among the "new kids" on the list but let me offer this for discussion.

I have long been interested in maximizing the display time for every group of 
plants I grow. The ultimate goal was to achieve 365 days of yard bloom here 
in southeastern Michigan - which I now enjoy although admittedly some snow 
removal may be required! :-)

Hostas are underutilized for bloom. The H. plantaginea hybrids have improved 
the size and fragrance areas but many novitiate hostaphiles still routinely 
remove bloom scapes before bloom.

One of the least appreciated groups of hosta are the Fall-bloomers. I like 
them, perhaps best - since they enhance the Autumn landscape and many have 
the most compact, showy inflorescences in the hosta repertoire. The stalks of 
H. kikutii and H. rupifraga remind me of giant hyacinth scapes.

Could we share the hosta names that reliably bloom later than September, 
especially those that can reach into October and November.

For me, I consider H. kikutii, gracillima, rupifraga, and 'Maruba Iwa' choice 
garden additions. The last to bud and bloom for me is the plant commonly sold 
as 'kikutii kifukurin'. I think I have read it is properly a variegated H. 
longipes. Nonetheless, it blooms through much of October for me.

    Jim Langhammer
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