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Re: Greetings from Northern Spain!

> Hi Ran,
> Soon I will write my -small- hosta list, I promise...
> Although our climate here is 'slug paradise', it allows us to try many
> different plants. We have a wide wild choice of ferns growing on the shade.
> I love hydrangeas too; they grow like weeds, and they look so fresh on half
> shade, especially the whites like SOEUR THERESE or VEITCHII or the pale
> pinks like AYESHA (bitt too big, but lovely lilac-shaped flowers; very
> unusual for an hydrangea!). Acanthus mollis it always goes in the shade
> here, as well as my giant gunneras. Bamboo goes well there too. I grow lots
> of hellebores for color when the hostas are undergroung; I grow my own
> seedlings (pretty dark reds and slate blues, a few pinks and whites....) of
> the formerly called H. orientalis, now H. x hybridus. Perhaps my fav
> hellebore is the Corsican hellebore, H. argutifolius: cannot think of other
> garden plant with a longers season of interest!. For the time the hellebores
> are in flower, wild primroses and vivid blue pulmonarias join the show.
> Woodland gardening I like very much. I love camellias, and I grow many, but
> for the time the hostas are at their best I found smaller rhododendrons and,
> best of all, Satsuki azaleas (very late flowerers here) best of all.
> Japanese maples in all their many kinds match hostas to perfection. When I
> worked at Wisley Gardens, they used lots of shade loving perennials to go
> with them, from trilliums to meconopses, lilies to rodgersias... And there
> is more...
> Happy Growing!
> Jose
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ransom Lydell <ranbl@netsync.net>
> To: hosta-open@mallorn.com <hosta-open@mallorn.com>
> Date: lunes 18 de mayo de 1998 5:33
> Subject: Re: Greetings from Northern Spain!
> >At 12:51 PM 5/17/98 +0200, you wrote:
> >>    Hello Hostaddicts!     oceanic. Heavy  soil, lots of rain: you see,
> >>PERFECT SLUG COUNTRY!!!! :-( I love hostas. Most of my plants are in big
> >>pots, for better slug control. Even after all my vigillance, slugs and
> >>small  snails do always find their way to the hosta foliage, making those
> >>ugly holes  you sure all detest. &%$&Ccedil;^* still doing damage... I'm
> >>desperate. What can I  do???   Your hosta friend,   Jose
> >>Basque Country, Northern Coastal Spain,  43&ordm;19N
> >>Very hilly, very green, very beautiful!!! :-)
> >>Zone 9. Humid  oceanic climate.
> >>EMail: almand@arrakis.es
> >**********
> >Jose
> >WELCOME!  WOW Spain!  I would love to know what Hostas you have avaliable
> >there.  Some we use exibit very good slug resistance.  I wonder if you have
> >any of the Tardianas avaliable for ourchase.  They are usually quite free
> >fron slug problems.  Tell us about your garden.  What plants can you grow
> >there in addtion to Hostas?  Most gardens here are in Zones 4-7, so we are
> >having a little different experience with gardening than you are.  I will
> >look forward to hearing from you.
> >Ran Lydell
> >Eagle Bay Hosta Gardens
> >10749  Bennett Rd.
> >Dunkirk,  NY USA 14048
> >US Zone 6
> >
> >---------------------------------------------------------------------Jose
Wow! Sounds nice.  Wish I could see it.  Also, I wish my Spanish, was as 
good as your English.  Come to think of it ----I am not sure my English 
is as good as yours!!!!  Hope to be hearing more from you.
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