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In the shade of the Crimson King maple tree in the side/back yard, I have a number of hosta. I have several of the one above -- I don't know it's name, but it's early to emerge from its winter sleep, and put up shoots of lavender flowers late in the season.
The hosta above, H. Sieboldiana Elegans, emerges somewhat later -- the photo above shows it just a few days after having emerged from the ground. The bluish cast in the photo is correct -- this is a blue-green hosta, with a very broad, puckered leaf.
Another that I have is this golden edged hosta, H. Fortunei 'Aureo-Marginata', which emerges last of all.
Shown above is H. Sieboldiana Elegans in bloom.
Another in my hosta collection is the one shown above, H. Sieboldiana, a close relative of Elegans, but more green than blue-green and with a smaller, less puckered leaf.
Yet another of the hosta is this white margined variety in the front yard.
This hosta is one that I've just planted (May 2000) from a division provided by a friend. Looking at it, I suspect it's one of the fortunei family, with clearly variegated leaves. It's begun to bloom in early July, with lavender flowers.
It's now late April, 2001, and the plain green Hosta has emerged from its winter's sleep.
A few weeks later, and both the new hosta (planted last year) and H. Sieboldiana have both emerged from the ground.
The variegated hosta in the front yard is also doing well.
It's early April, 2002, and the first of the hosta has awakened from its winter's sleep.
A few weeks later, and H. Sieboldiana has emerged as well.
It's mid-April, 2003, and the hosta have begun to emerge from their sleep. This one is part of the hosta bed in the back yard.
Hosta Sieboldiana has awakened in 2003.
The variegated hosta in the front yard is doing very well.
It's the first week of April, 2004, and the hosta in the backyard have begun to emerge from their winter slumber.
So have the hosta in the side yard under the Crimson King maple.
H, Sieboldiana has also emerged.
It's the second week of April 2005 and the hosta in the backyard have burst forth from the ground.
A week later ....
The variegated hosta in the front yard are thriving!
The hosta under the maple tree has awakened and is pushing its way through the mulch.
H. Sieboldiana is also coming up in the first week of May.
The first week of April 2006 has the plain green hosta in the backyard waking from their winter slumber.
The hosta under the maple tree has also awakened.
It's early May and H. Sieboldiana has awakened.
It's mid-May and the variegated hosta in the front yard is doing very well.
It's now late July and H. Sieboldiana is in bloom.
The variegated hosta in the front yard is also in bloom.
It's mid-September and the back yard hosta are in bloom.
Early October and they're in full bloom.
It's late April 2007 and the backyard hosta are the first to come up out of the ground.
It's the first of May and the variegated hosta in the front yard has emerged from the ground.
A few weeks later bring the plain green hosta under the Crimson King maple ...
... as well as H. Sieboldiana.
Late April 2008 brings the emergence of the Hosta. The first is, as always, the plain green one in the backyard.
The next up is the white margined hosta in the front yard. I believe the name is probably H. Undulata Albo Marginata though that's only a guess on my part.
The pain green hosta under the Crimson King Norway maple is up next.
H. Sieboldiana makes its annual appearance.
The hosta have done well during the spring of 2009.
It's late May and H. Sieboldiana has made its appearance.
The hosta in the back yard garden have begun to come up in the spring of 2010.
As ever, they were followed by the variegated hosta in the front yard.
Early May bring H. Sieboldiana.
In mid-April 2011, the Hosta in the back yard emerged seemingly overnight.
Early May bring the awakening of H. Sieboldiana.
The variegated hosta in the front yard has also come back to life.
In late March 2012, the hosta began pushing up from the ground. This is the green hosta in the back yard.
And here's the variegated hosta in the front yard.
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