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Post  shimsuki on Thu Jun 09, 2011 2:23 am

Just sharing my dwarf hosta that is about to bloom. Anyone else have any that are blooming?

Andrew



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Post  Russell Coker on Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:23 pm

Hi Andrew.

I brought a little hosta home from Japan years ago that looks like yours. They simply called it "hime-giboshi". It's not as happy here in the heat as I'd like it to be but it does fairly well. I've often wondered if it has a western variety name (hopefully not something stupid like "itty-bitty"), and if it's generally available to collectors here.

Any thoughts - anyone????

Very pretty, btw.

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Post  Kev Bailey on Sun Jun 12, 2011 10:54 am

I think "hime-giboshi" may be a dwarf form of Hosta montana. See here http://www.giboshiarekore.com/japanese.html

Dwarf Hostas are another passion of mine.

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Post  Russell Coker on Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:16 am

Thanks Kev, that helps me narrow it down a little. Many hostas do well here for a few years, then peter out. Blooming is hit and miss too. The best for us are the plantaginea group from southern China - much better suited to our heat and humidity (and lack of winter). The upside is that the flowers are big, mostly white and very fragrant. They bloom late in summer here (we call them "August lilies"), while the others bloom now. Not a bad trade-off!

Btw, one of the most beautiful accent plants I ever saw in Japan was a miniature hosta. It was a winter display, just a pot of moss and a few little noses poking up. But the really cool part was the dried stems and seed pods from the previous summer's flowers. Simple, beautiful and melancholy - but the promise of spring to come!

Thanks again!

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Post  GaryWood on Tue Jun 14, 2011 4:31 am

@ Russell, isn't it amusing,comical, thought provoking and so on, that subtlety and nuance is so completely lost in superthrive, soil and fertilizer lol!
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Post  Russell Coker on Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:33 pm

Boy, ain't that the truth!

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Post  Chris Cochrane on Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:27 pm

Great thread. I love Kevin's link which begins by noting...
The Japanese name giboshi (or sometimes spelled giboushi) came from an ornamental pillar capping on a bridge handrail because the leaf shape resembles it.
Russel's description of the nuanced plant in display inspires.

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Post  Russell Coker on Tue Jun 14, 2011 4:23 pm

Thanks Chris, that's a real compliment coming from you!

Interestingly, I don't even remember the bonsai that was displayed with the little hosta. I was constantly taken aback by the Japanese sense of beauty - not just the obvious, but also beauty past and beauty yet to come. Of course having to deal with the first real winters in my life may it easier to understand too!

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Post  Mike Jones on Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:12 pm

Hello Andrew

Yes in answer to your question; I have indeed, but it does not in anyway come close to your own wonderful accent. Very nice and thanks for showing.

Mike

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Post  Jim Doiron on Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:43 pm

Here are a few of mine. I managed to get away from my children just long enough to get the camera out and get shots before the flowers faded and the sun set.


I have another two that have not flowered yet.

Yours looks great thanks for sharing it.

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Post  Russell Coker on Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:16 pm

Jim, those are beautiful! Do you know the names of the varieties? Are they regular garden hostas that you've dwarfed? Seems like I've been told that they are reduce well.

I think I'm going to start putting mine in the refrigerator for the winter.

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Post  Paul B [Swindon] on Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:56 pm

Some lovely pictures there, here is the picture of mine. It was only bought in March this year as a small plant and I am suprised how well it has done. I certainly wasn't expecting it to flower this year.

It's lemon lime, a miniture hosta

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Post  Mike Jones on Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:44 pm

That has done well Paul, especially as it is a new plant and knowing where you got it, I know how tiny they are when they arrive. I still need a magnifying glass for my new arrivals this year; aside from 'itsi-witsi-teeny-weeney,' which has done well.

Nice to see the battery as well; is the Hosta plugged into it perchance?

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Post  Paul B [Swindon] on Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:13 pm

Mike Jones wrote:
Nice to see the battery as well; is the Hosta plugged into it perchance?

Mike

So that's where I put it.... Smile LoL
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Post  Jim Doiron on Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:01 pm

Thanks Russell, I think the first one was labeled only as "Japan Girl" when I bought it as a dwarf. The other one I do not know what it is.

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Post  fiona on Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:18 pm

Hope this thread is still running when mine flower. We're about two weeks away from that I'd reckon.

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Post  Chris Cochrane on Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:01 am

With blooms so timid in-expression, Jim's moss & Paul's nibbed slate are especially appreciated. They raise feeling and encourage close inspection. These add to rising feeling for a boundless scene extending beyond the hosta-itself.

Such expression is especially appreciated in intimate display of arranged objects in a limited space. In contrast to the display, feeling toward the grandness of Nature & a generosity of the host expands. Humility rises as a flavor with appeal that is not subordinate to the finest objects in the display.



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Post  ShohinDude on Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:54 am

Can you suggest any reliable EU based sources for dwarf Hostas?
They seem to be pretty much unheard of here in Finland.
Normal Hostas...everywhere.

Thanks,
M

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Post  Dave Martin on Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:25 am


Wolfgang Putz has a marvelous collection I believe he does sell plants.

www.yamadori-bonsai.info/Putz_Beistell_Engl.html

or try www.bowdenhostas.com

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Post  fiona on Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:30 am

Hi ShohinDude.

I use a supplier called Mickfield Hostas who have always been reliable and pleasant to deal with. They have just assured me they can ship to Finland.

Their website can be found HERE

They have an excellent selection of mini and small hostas - you'll see the sizes from the catalogue.

Hope you have some luck.

Regards

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Post  ShohinDude on Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:36 am

Wow...that was fast! Shocked
This should have me sorted.

Many thanks!

Seems like a very active forum!

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Post  John Brocklehurst on Mon Jun 27, 2011 10:58 am

It's a beautiful sunny day, and I've got a day off work...(recovering from the Bon Jovi concert in Hyde Park on Saturday)...sunburnt and hungover but what a fantastic day.
Anyhoo a couple of shots taken today which I've tried to tidy up with the software.

My first shot, an arty attempt with pine foliage in shadow...yes it was intended...don't you just love the plywood backdrop Wink




Another couple without the pine foliage





The pot is by John Pitt, sorry I can't tell you what type of Hosta this is, as I've misplaced the label.

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Post  fiona on Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:11 am

Lovely hosta and lovely pot - it reminds me of one of the old leather footballs with the stitching on them. Very Happy

I'm still a week away from flowering hostas but they're getting there. Could do with some of that sunshine you lot got dahn sarf over the weekend. We got warm rain again.

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Post  John Brocklehurst on Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:09 pm

On the ball...as always Fiona bounce

Cheers

John

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Post  Todd Ellis on Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:45 pm

This is one of my dwarfs called "Pandora's Box" in a pot bought on eBay from AccentPlants; possibly a Walsall pot.
(I liked the green frog on the right side lip) Height of pot and foliage (not the bloom stalk) 10 cm. I'm trying to decide if I like the exposed roots or not... any thoughts?



My Kusamono this year



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