Mike’s Hostas
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April 3rd 2020, Currently mothballing, and reducing maintenance at our Milverton site, in the event of stricter lockdown in the UK. April 20th 2020. We had been preparing to attend plant fairs in the South West this year, but due to the lockdown most of these have been cancelled, so this weekend we placed a couple of our Hostas online for sale with EBay. A very nice specimen of Krossa Regal, and Hosta sieboldiana var. elegans in 1 litre pots. They both sold very quickly to the same lady in Lichfield. We hope that she gets much enjoyment from. As a result of this today I went to our plot of land near Milverton and selected a few more Hostas, Honeybells, Gold Standard, Halcyon, Francis Williams an So Sweet, so keep your eyes out for these. April 28th 2020. We endevour to use biological methods to protect our plants, and to prove that here are 2 of our little helpers, Aggy and Sparty next to two of our hosta enclosures at Milverton. Each enclosure has about 250 to 300 Hostas growing nicely. We haven’t been able to take them to site too often during this lock down, but they thoroughly enjoyed their time and were busy rustling through the undergrowth. Next time I hope to take Starina and Goldie. May 8th 2020. Well as promised here are the 4 amigos working together onsite at Milverton. They loved every minute of their time there. I would say though that they were more comfortable as a full flock of 4 ducks. After a few hours, allowing me to get some work done on the rest of the site they were released to roam. Once this occurs they tend to stay within 30 to 40 feet from me, where they can keep an eye on me. Quite handy really as it is much easier to feed them the snails and slugs I discover. Now Special Competition Time: Can you spot all 4 ducks in this picture: . May 19th 2020. An unusual feeling today, which just had to update one of our hostas as sold out. Hosta Revolution, we have several parents that we will be growing on through the year, and hopefully a successful split in autumn should provide us with new stock for next year. June 11th 2020. Just a quick update. We have been quietly selling Hostas online now for the last month and a half. Numbers of sales are increasing at a fair tick, and have received much appreciated positive feedback from our clients. We have now perfected a safe method of packaging and shipping our plants in 1 Litre pots to our clients, and have put together solutions for 2 Litre pots as well, although we haven’t advertised any of our pricing for these size of plants in their pots yet. June 18th 2020. As promised here is the picture zoomed in to show you where the missing duck is. June 24th 2020. We recently received a really nice message from one of our clients, who has suggested placing this on our website. She and her husband were celebrating their Wedding Anniversary and they decided to purchase some Hostas from us, we showed them some photographs of several different varieties and they plumpled for some of our large 4 Litre potted Patriots. So we lined up a collection of 8 for them to choose from as they wished to buy 5: “I’m thrilled with our patriot hostas from Mike. They are beautiful with perfect vibrant leaves and colouration. I wanted hosta pots to create various focal points and something to compliment our flowers and grasses. Being well established, they are a good size giving the instant transformation I was looking for bringing a tropical texture to our garden. Thank you Mike for all the help and aftercare advice to keep them in tip top condition, they are the perfect addition.” Lizette So they choose the 5 plants, and then we told them that we were going to give them one as a wedding anniversary present, so they selected an additional one to go home with as you will see their boot of their car made the perfect planter: June 29th 2020. Received first shipment of new Hostas from a supplier in Holland. Blue Cadet A Blue heart shaped leaved medium sized Hosta, rugged and fast grower. Blue Mouse Ears A beautiful small blue mouse shaped leafed Hosta. Gold Rush A small sized robust hosta with yellow leaves with a dark green margin. Hadspen Blue A medium sized strong grower with thick textured rounded blue leaves. Hydon Sunset A small compact mounding hosta with heart shaped wavy leaves, golden to chartreuse. Lemon Lime A small narrow pointed pale chartreuse green leaved Hosta, can be used as ground covering. Pearl Lake A large heart shaped blue/green leafed hosta. Red Cadet A small blue green leafed hosta with red stems. Serendipity A larger mounding hosta with blue/green leaves, which can change to dark green. Teeny Weeny Bikini A miniature with wavy yellow/white leaves with green margins. We will be settling them down and see how they develop over the next few weeks before making them available to purchase. July 1st 2020 Just thought I'd show one of the new varieties that we have, "Blue Cadet". We are letting them settle down for a few weeks and then hope to put a few online for sale. Description: This Hosta has small heart-shaped blue-grey leaves and bears dark lavender bell or funnel-shaped flowers. Prefers shade where it will tolerate dryness, it is a tough fast growing reliable plant. Ideal for a beginner. Flower: Lavender Height: 30cm Spread: 85cm Position: Can tolerate areas both sun and shade. July 3rd 2020 A selection of our Blue Mouse Ears Hostas. Blue Mouse Ears have to be one of the most popular small/miniature blue hostas available. 4th July 2020 Another introduction from our new delivery "Hosta Hydon Sunset". Description: A small Hosta that can be used as ground or under planting, with leaves which are golden to chartreuse and form a compact dense mound. Flower: Purple Height: 25cm Spread: 45cm Position: Partial Shade, Full Shade 6th July 2020 Hosta Hadspen Blue Description: Originally released in 1976, with sieboldiana heritage, this heart-shaped, rich blue, with some puckering of leaves overlapping in nature. This medium sized hosta has some resistance to slugs and snails. Flower: Lavender / Grey Height: 45cm Spread: 85cm Position: Partial Shade or Shade 7th July 2020 Another new Hosta to us is Teeny Weeny Bikini This Hosta is a fantastic miniature hosta that provides a both striking and charming clump. It has yellow white leaves with green margins. The leave are slightly wavy. It can be used at the edges of borders and care should be taken not to drown. Flower: Purple Height: 10cm Spread: 20cm Position: Partial Shade or Shade 9th July 2020 As we showed you Blue Cadet Earlier, here is its relative "Red Cadet". Description: This small/medium Hosta has small heart-shaped blue-grey leaves and Red stems, Prefers shade and is a fast grower. Flower: Lavender Height: 15cm Spread: 35cm Position: Shade / Partial Shade. 13th July 2020 I thought I would show you one of our oldies but goodies, a Hosta Halcyon. The reason for this was that one of our enclosures at Milverton got invaded during lockdown and there were several varieties stored in it, but the Halcyons once they had toughened up weren't touched. So I thought I would introduce you to one of our old Blue favourites. Description: Glaucous blue leaves that are lance-shaped when young, becoming to heart-shaped when mature. Medium sized hosta. Flower: Lavender/grey Height: 40cm Spread: 70cm Position: Partial Shade/Full Shade 15th July 2020 Janet has asked me to show you a bit around our Taunton base, will put some photographs together for you to see the site at Milverton with their 5 Hosta enclosures and the preparation for a further 4. 18th July 2020 Well as promised here is a little look at the Milverton site. Still loads of work to be done there. It is a half acre plot with quite a few very nice trees in the hedgerow and some in the centre of the plot. We currently have 5 Hosta enclosures and we wish to add 4 additional ones, and to enhance the existing enclosures to allow full height entry, more space for the plants and larger aprons to help protect from Slugs and snails. You will see that we have made some tables out of pallets, and the girls (ducks) are busy working underneath them. We have them trained to help with clean up and they rummage around the enclosures, but are definitely not allowed inside them as they would eat the Hostas! 20th July 2020 Working the ducks on Sunday. We went through several of the enclosures and got them to clear around all the other ones. You will notice that at least one of the ducks is blurred in most of the photographs. Its because they just don't stop working! 31st July 2020 As you can see getting ready for some serious potting as a new shipment from Holland should be arriving today, got some of the pots ready, trays and potting table. Hostas finally arrived at 5.45pm. We have managed to pot on about a third of them, but time is running out. The box received was damaged and 5 of the bundles of Hostas have been damaged so we won't be able to place them for sale this year, but I am confidant that we can nurse them over the winter and they will make wonderful plants next year.
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April 3rd 2020, Currently mothballing, and reducing maintenance at our Milverton site, in the event of stricter lockdown in the UK. April 20th 2020. We had been preparing to attend plant fairs in the South West this year, but due to the lockdown most of these have been cancelled, so this weekend we placed a couple of our Hostas online for sale with EBay. A very nice specimen of Krossa Regal, and Hosta sieboldiana var. elegans in 1 litre pots. They both sold very quickly to the same lady in Lichfield. We hope that she gets much enjoyment from. As a result of this today I went to our plot of land near Milverton and selected a few more Hostas, Honeybells, Gold Standard, Halcyon, Francis Williams an So Sweet, so keep your eyes out for these. April 28th 2020. We endevour to use biological methods to protect our plants, and to prove that here are 2 of our little helpers, Aggy and Sparty next to two of our hosta enclosures at Milverton. Each enclosure has about 250 to 300 Hostas growing nicely. We haven’t been able to take them to site too often during this lock down, but they thoroughly enjoyed their time and were busy rustling through the undergrowth. Next time I hope to take Starina and Goldie. May 8th 2020. Well as promised here are the 4 amigos working together onsite at Milverton. They loved every minute of their time there. I would say though that they were more comfortable as a full flock of 4 ducks. After a few hours, allowing me to get some work done on the rest of the site they were released to roam. Once this occurs they tend to stay within 30 to 40 feet from me, where they can keep an eye on me. Quite handy really as it is much easier to feed them the snails and slugs I discover. Now Special Competition Time: Can you spot all 4 ducks in this picture: . May 19th 2020. An unusual feeling today, which just had to update one of our hostas as sold out. Hosta Revolution, we have several parents that we will be growing on through the year, and hopefully a successful split in autumn should provide us with new stock for next year. June 11th 2020. Just a quick update. We have been quietly selling Hostas online now for the last month and a half. Numbers of sales are increasing at a fair tick, and have received much appreciated positive feedback from our clients. We have now perfected a safe method of packaging and shipping our plants in 1 Litre pots to our clients, and have put together solutions for 2 Litre pots as well, although we haven’t advertised any of our pricing for these size of plants in their pots yet. June 18th 2020. As promised here is the picture zoomed in to show you where the missing duck is. June 24th 2020. We recently received a really nice message from one of our clients, who has suggested placing this on our website. She and her husband were celebrating their Wedding Anniversary and they decided to purchase some Hostas from us, we showed them some photographs of several different varieties and they plumpled for some of our large 4 Litre potted Patriots. So we lined up a collection of 8 for them to choose from as they wished to buy 5: “I’m thrilled with our patriot hostas from Mike. They are beautiful with perfect vibrant leaves and colouration. I wanted hosta pots to create various focal points and something to compliment our flowers and grasses. Being well established, they are a good size giving the instant transformation I was looking for bringing a tropical texture to our garden. Thank you Mike for all the help and aftercare advice to keep them in tip top condition, they are the perfect addition.” Lizette So they choose the 5 plants, and then we told them that we were going to give them one as a wedding anniversary present, so they selected an additional one to go home with as you will see their boot of their car made the perfect planter: June 29th 2020. Received first shipment of new Hostas from a supplier in Holland. Blue Cadet A Blue heart shaped leaved medium sized Hosta, rugged and fast grower. Blue Mouse Ears A beautiful small blue mouse shaped leafed Hosta. Gold Rush A small sized robust hosta with yellow leaves with a dark green margin. Hadspen Blue A medium sized strong grower with thick textured rounded blue leaves. Hydon Sunset A small compact mounding hosta with heart shaped wavy leaves, golden to chartreuse. Lemon Lime A small narrow pointed pale chartreuse green leaved Hosta, can be used as ground covering. Pearl Lake A large heart shaped blue/green leafed hosta. Red Cadet A small blue green leafed hosta with red stems. Serendipity A larger mounding hosta with blue/green leaves, which can change to dark green. Teeny Weeny Bikini A miniature with wavy yellow/white leaves with green margins. We will be settling them down and see how they develop over the next few weeks before making them available to purchase. July 1st 2020 Just thought I'd show one of the new varieties that we have, "Blue Cadet". We are letting them settle down for a few weeks and then hope to put a few online for sale. Description: This Hosta has small heart-shaped blue-grey leaves and bears dark lavender bell or funnel-shaped flowers. Prefers shade where it will tolerate dryness, it is a tough fast growing reliable plant. Ideal for a beginner. Flower: Lavender Height: 30cm Spread: 85cm Position: Can tolerate areas both sun and shade. July 3rd 2020 A selection of our Blue Mouse Ears Hostas. Blue Mouse Ears have to be one of the most popular small/miniature blue hostas available. 4th July 2020 Another introduction from our new delivery "Hosta Hydon Sunset". Description: A small Hosta that can be used as ground or under planting, with leaves which are golden to chartreuse and form a compact dense mound. Flower: Purple Height: 25cm Spread: 45cm Position: Partial Shade, Full Shade 6th July 2020 Hosta Hadspen Blue Description: Originally released in 1976, with sieboldiana heritage, this heart-shaped, rich blue, with some puckering of leaves overlapping in nature. This medium sized hosta has some resistance to slugs and snails. Flower: Lavender / Grey Height: 45cm Spread: 85cm Position: Partial Shade or Shade 7th July 2020 Another new Hosta to us is Teeny Weeny Bikini This Hosta is a fantastic miniature hosta that provides a both striking and charming clump. It has yellow white leaves with green margins. The leave are slightly wavy. It can be used at the edges of borders and care should be taken not to drown. Flower: Purple Height: 10cm Spread: 20cm Position: Partial Shade or Shade 9th July 2020 As we showed you Blue Cadet Earlier, here is its relative "Red Cadet". Description: This small/medium Hosta has small heart-shaped blue-grey leaves and Red stems, Prefers shade and is a fast grower. Flower: Lavender Height: 15cm Spread: 35cm Position: Shade / Partial Shade. 13th July 2020 I thought I would show you one of our oldies but goodies, a Hosta Halcyon. The reason for this was that one of our enclosures at Milverton got invaded during lockdown and there were several varieties stored in it, but the Halcyons once they had toughened up weren't touched. So I thought I would introduce you to one of our old Blue favourites. Description: Glaucous blue leaves that are lance-shaped when young, becoming to heart-shaped when mature. Medium sized hosta. Flower: Lavender/grey Height: 40cm Spread: 70cm Position: Partial Shade/Full Shade 15th July 2020 Janet has asked me to show you a bit around our Taunton base, will put some photographs together for you to see the site at Milverton with their 5 Hosta enclosures and the preparation for a further 4. 18th July 2020 Well as promised here is a little look at the Milverton site. Still loads of work to be done there. It is a half acre plot with quite a few very nice trees in the hedgerow and some in the centre of the plot. We currently have 5 Hosta enclosures and we wish to add 4 additional ones, and to enhance the existing enclosures to allow full height entry, more space for the plants and larger aprons to help protect from Slugs and snails. You will see that we have made some tables out of pallets, and the girls (ducks) are busy working underneath them. We have them trained to help with clean up and they rummage around the enclosures, but are definitely not allowed inside them as they would eat the Hostas! 20th July 2020 Working the ducks on Sunday. We went through several of the enclosures and got them to clear around all the other ones. You will notice that at least one of the ducks is blurred in most of the photographs. Its because they just don't stop working! 31st July 2020 As you can see getting ready for some serious potting as a new shipment from Holland should be arriving today, got some of the pots ready, trays and potting table. Hostas finally arrived at 5.45pm. We have managed to pot on about a third of them, but time is running out. The box received was damaged and 5 of the bundles of Hostas have been damaged so we won't be able to place them for sale this year, but I am confidant that we can nurse them over the winter and they will make wonderful plants next year.
Mike’s Hostas