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Hi fellow hosta lovers,

I patrol my yard every day and every day I see something that either wasn’t there before or I didn’t notice it.

Fall is the best time to see new stuff because as certain plants die the remaining plants leap at you. For instance, I have a mini (or is it a small?) in the backyard that is ordinary all year unless you happen to be a chipmunk who notices the red petioles of ‘Katsuragawa Beni’. Not being a chipmunk I don’t get eye level with the ground that often. But when this shy guy sent up its scapes  in mid-September, I gasped. And I didn’t need to be a chipmunk to appreciate its color and drama.

September Showoff

September Showoff

A wallflower is suddenly in the spotlight.

When I looked further, I noticed that other red-petioled hosta were doing the same dance. They were flowering way beyond expections into late September. Take ‘Marilyn Monroe’, for instance. She’s gorgeous all year, but right now, a day before we flip the calendar to October, she’s really ready for her close-up. Not only is her petiole redder and her flower scapes awesome, her ‘petticoat’ (that’s what I call her white backside) is even more prominent. You go girl!Marilyn Monroe slipMarilyn Monroe 2

Look around your yard to see what changes you haven’t noticed and let me know. I love to talk Hostas. What other “reds” are still doing their thing? I plan to group some reds next year around  H. ‘Red October’. What are you planning for next spring?

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My H. ‘Raspberry Sorbet’. It’s a real early fall showoff.

It's buds are nearly red and match the scapes.

Its buds are nearly red and match the scapes.

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Fall color happens even in hostas. Anybody have a H. ‘Raspberry Sorbet’? Its flowers are amazing and I plan to upload a pic to www.hostasdirect.com in the next few days. Right now I’m busy admiring it and watching as a few others begin some serious pre-fall fading. My H. ‘Blond Elf’ is a mess (no pic forthcoming) and a few others are looking ‘peakid’ as my grandma used to say. How about yours? What’s happening in your part of the country?

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Be sure to check the www.HostasDirect.com newletter later this week for a special offer guaranteed to save you money AND a contest. I love winning stuff almost as much as I love snapping pictures of my hostas.

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I love my H. ‘Stained Glass’. What’s not to love? It has color, crinkle, a gorgeous flower that emerges when many flowering plants have given up, and it smells like a gardenia.

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I’ve been ‘on the job’ for about two weeks and logged three days at our retail site. WOW!! Several customers came from many hours away to take advantage of our big sale and they love hostas almost as much as I do. Like me, they saw themselves happy and content selling, talking, watering and loving hostas all day long. Hostas are a numbers game and they knew their numbers: how many hostas they have, what their names are, and how to use them. They also knew how to pump me for information. “What is your favorite? Why? Any tricks about getting rid of slugs? Deer?” It was exhausting and fun.  If hostas are your passion, I’d be happy to hear from you. So long for now. Back to work.

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