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Hello everyone and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

HostasDirect will soon have a brand new website, running on a brand new server!  This new website will boast many new features, including the ability to directly compare hosta attributes side-by-side and making it even easier to search our database of 7000+ hostas using our HostaSearch(TM) technology.  Placing orders will be simplified into one screen, instead of having to go through 5 different pages to finish placing your order for hostas!  Additionally, we will begin accepting PayPal as well as all the major Credit Card providers for placing an order.

We have some great deals up our sleeves for helping you save money this coming season, so as always, stay tuned!  Our Hosta Queen, Marcia Fluer, will be keeping you up to date on the daily activities here at HostasDirect – the #1 place to buy hostas for your garden!

This post was written by Joseph Husby, “the tech guy” here at HostasDirect.  A little about myself:  I am a junior at the University of Minnesota in the honors computer science program.  I also plan to minor in business management.  In one of my management classes, we are having a competition as to who can rank highest on Google for the search term Zompire Dracularius.  I have included a link to my Zompire Dracularius website.  There isn’t much there, but it has been a fun project so far!  Oh, and FYI, I’m currently creaming the competition!  🙂

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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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A faster, more powerful server now powers HostasDirect.com

In the past few days we switched over to a brand new server.  This change will be most beneficial in the time that it takes to browse our website.  Pages are now several times faster to load!  This change is necessary to keep up with the most current technology.  In the transition, we have added additional layers of security as well as a more reliable backup system.  (Note: we have never had any security or credit card problems with our site.) Our website is powered by a large database, containing records of thousands of hostas for sale, hosta photos, hosta videos, content, customers, orders, and more!  It is our goal to keep up with the latest technology in order to provide you with the best hosta website out there!

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