GREAT EXPECTATIONS - Central Illinois Hosta Society



GREAT EXPECTATIONS - Central Illinois Hosta Society
central illinois hosta society
Debbie’s Dirt
reetings Hosta Friends. Hope you are enjoying the
summer. As much as I have appreciated the free water
(rainfall), I was glad for the warmer days and
sunshine that we experienced in July. Since I am mainly a
weekend gardener, it’s been nice to be outdoors and work in
the dirt again. Before he left one Saturday morning, I told my
sweet Garden Grump that I was going to transplant several
“Lemon Lime” hostas from my Tea Party garden to the front
yard to make a border by our curved side walk. He doesn’t
like me to move or divide plants, “just let them grow” he
always tells me. However, he was pleasantly surprised when
he returned home and actually liked what I had done. What
he didn’t know was that I regrouped (moved) my Patriotic
garden to make room for another bed that has to be
moved. My Christmas garden is getting too much afternoon
sun so I will be moving those 9 hostas and their companion
plants to this new location in the near future. And then there’s
another bed in the southeast corner that needs to be replanted
due to overcrowding. I’m also toying with the idea of making
a “David and Goliath” bed with extra-large hostas in the
background and a collection of miniatures in the front. May
not happen this year, but it’s always nice to think and dream
about it.
We hope you enjoyed the meeting in July at Nancy Scott’s
home. What a lovely and creative use of a small area. And I
thoroughly enjoyed her “theme” gardens in honor of her two
daughters and there were many compliments about her
imaginative container skills. Thank you again Nancy for
allowing us to visit your little piece of paradise. And a
special thank you to the following members who supplied
the delicious treats for our meeting: Arlene Stufflebeam, Pat
Jones, Deb Schoedel, Michelene Koch, Pinky Riffle and
Cindy Nance. Also, congratulations to the following
winners of our annual leaf contest: Sue Eckhoff - largest
leaf; Sherri Schorr - bluest leaf; Katie Eckhoff - darkest
green leaf; Shelly Baldini- the longest scape; and Kathy
Allen – the most interesting yellow/white centered
leaf. Each of the winners received a gift.
We look forward to seeing all of you on August 18 when we
meet at the ICC Landlab Hosta Garden. And be sure to sign
august 2015
volume 21, issue 6
up for our Annual Banquet to be held September 15 at the Monte
Cristo Room in Germantown Hills. Our special guest speaker is
Don Dean, President of the National Hosta Society. See
additional details on page 3. Until we meet again, happy hostaing,
Debbie McCollum, President
Our Next
August 18, 2015, 6:30 pm, Garden viewing 6:00 pm
Illinois Central College Arboretum
1 College Drive, East Peoria
Illinois Central College Arboretum is the host to the American
Hosta Society National Display Garden, the first AHS Display
Garden in Illinois, and one of only two in the state. Our Society
is the major sponsor of the garden, in partnership with University
of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners from the tri-county area
and Illinois Central College. Our club has provided volunteer
labor, donation of plants, and financial support for the
rehabilitation of the AHS Display Garden. To date, several
educational brochures have been developed. Major work on
clearing overgrowth of unwanted plants, re-edging beds,
replacing missing hostas, and identifying hostas that were
missing labels has been accomplished. Additionally, through the
funding of CIHS, new permanent labels are being produced and
installed in the garden. You will see the new permanent labels in
the Classic Hosta Collection and Hosta of the Year Collection. A
current project is the installation of two mini-hosta beds, installed
by U of I Master Gardener and CIHS volunteers.
We will meet in the north beds, to the right as you approach the
Horticulture Land Laboratory from the parking lot. Please note
that the driveway from the parking lot to the Horticulture
Building is scheduled to be replaced this summer, so it may be
necessary to walk across the grass between the golf putting green
and the building to reach the north display beds.
Directions: from McClugage Bridge, Route 150/Route 24, go
east on Route 24 toward Washington, turn right into Illinois
Central College, then keep to the left lane and make the first left
onto Hosta Lane. The parking lot is to your immediate right off
of Hosta Lane.
Hosta of the Month
“The Fonz” - M - Shiny, dark green leaves with rippled edges that
have good substance. Forms a nice medium sized mound
“Emerald Necklace” - MS - Unique leaves with light green centers and darker stitched
edges giving it the necklace effect. Centers turn darker through the season
“Blue Maui” - S- Slightly blue-green leaves, and all green sport of Rainforest Sunrise.
Rounded and puckered leaves. It has lavender flowers (10 x 20")
“Island Breeze” - M - A sport of Paradise Island with better variegation and leaf
substance. Wide, green margins contrast nicely with bright yellow centers in spring. It
has showy red petioles.
“Silver Bay” - M- Introduced by Don Dean, this has thick, heavily corrugated thick blue
foliage turning blue green as the season progresses, often cupped and unruly; very pale,
nearly white flowers (14" X 38")
“Nightlife” - M - It has a soft elegant blue green color. It is a cross between “Invincible”
and sieboldiana “Elegans” that combines the best of both parents; good color, substance
and fragrant flowers.
“Twilight Time” - MS - Forms a wide mound of lance shaped Blue Green moderately
rippled foliage. It gets bluer as the season progresses.
The Hosta Library
If you would like to check out a magazine or book from the Hosta Library, see
Ella Maxwell at a meeting or call her at 309.444.3758.
2015/16 CIHS Calendar
If you are interested in opening your garden
for a meeting in 2015, please contact Gloria Hicks,
Janette Smith or a board member.
September 15, 2015
CIHS Banquet
Monte Cristo Room
383 Old Germantown Rd, Suite A
Germantown Hills, IL
March 15, 2016
Hosta Trivia
Freedom Hall
349 W. Birchwood Street, Morton
April 19, 2016
“How to Make Terrariums” by
Janet Stein
Freedom Hall
349 W. Birchwood Street, Morton
May 17, 2016
Al & Michele Klein
1616 Indigo Drive, Morton
June 21, 2016
Dan & Cheryl Taylor
19 Cypress Point, Pekin
July 19, 2016
Gloria Smith
106 Ravine, Morton
August 16, 2016
Annual Auction
Freedom Hall
349 W. Birchwood Street, Morton
September 20, 2016
CIHS Banquet TBA
Deb McCollum
[email protected]
Vice Presidents
Gloria Hicks, Janette Smith
309.266.7761, 309.387.6549
[email protected]
[email protected]
Second Vice Presidents
Barry Ankney, Penny Bocelli
[email protected]
[email protected]
Third Vice President
Deb Schoedel
[email protected]
Recording Secretary
Sue Eckhoff
[email protected]
Corresponding Secretary
Maggie Keesey
[email protected]
Dan McConnell
[email protected]
To join:
Central Illinois Hosta Society
$10/year, form on back cover
Midwest Reg. Hosta Society
$20/2 years, Send dues to:
Barbara Schroeder, Treasurer
1819 Coventry Drive
Champaign, IL 61822
American Hosta Society
$30 individual, $57/2 years
$34 family, $62/2 years
Send dues to:
Sandie Markland
AHS Membership Secretary
Post Office Box 7539
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
CIHS Annual
15th, 2015
Sign up soon!!!!
Monte Cristo Room
383 Old Germantown
Road, Suite A
Germantown Hills, IL
Times: Cocktails & Check-In at 5:30, Dinner at 6:30
Guest Speaker: AHS President, Don Dean
Cost (Includes Dinner, Guest Speaker & Gift Hosta)
$25.00 per member
$35.00 for non-members
For reservations: Please call 309-214-1767 or email
[email protected] (Open to other Illinois
Hosta Societies, so make your reservations early!)
About the speaker/presentation
Don Dean was first introduced to hosta in 1984 when
his mother gave him a sizeable chunk of H. undulata
taken from an old established clump in her yard. 1987
found Don moving his family, Gail and Jesse, to their
current home site. It was a move from a prairie lot to a
heavily wooded lot. He joined a local garden club and
began touring members’ gardens. He was looking for
solutions to a newfound gardening problem, shade. A
visit to hosta collector’s garden created the ‘hook’ and
set Don upon a path involving hosta from that point to
the present.
1991 started the years of growing seeds under lights.
Those first seeds grown indoors during the winter of
’91-92 began a continued passion for creating new
hostas. He has taught middle school children for 32
years. This has provided the opportunity to continue
dabbing pollen. Don had the good fortune of having
had several great mentors along the way through
relationships with Ken Anderson, Herb Benedict,
Hideko Gowan, and many others that proved to be
excited to share their passion for hybridizing. He has
some standards in his program that have been passed
on to him from his teachers. Growing a plant for five or
more years prior to selection, getting peers’ views upon
his seedlings, and trying to be sure that distinction is
present prior to releasing a plant are considered by Don
to be a must.
Don began registering some seedlings in 1999. H.
‘Silver Bay’, ‘Faith’, and ‘Pewterware’ are three of
these solids became available. H. ‘Bedazzled’,
‘Frosted Dimples’, and ‘Heartbeat’ are each marginal
variegated plants that have been introduced. These
began a consistent series of introductions each year.
Fifty plus hostas are registered with Don as the
originator, most are available from a retail source.
Look for a few more to become available each year in
the fall as catalogs arrive and websites are updated.
Don will share his presentation, "My Path", that follows
his gardening experience from a blank slate and
gardening in full sun to hybridizer of the most popular
shade tolerant plant, hosta. He will take us through a
photographic journey of gardens from the earliest
beginnings of the growing season to frost and finish
with a peek at some future plants yet to hit the retail
lists. Expect there will be something to relate to in your
own experience and/or spark your interest whether you
are a beginner or old pro.
Slate of Nominations
We will be voting at the last meeting for the slate of
nominations; however, nominations will be taken from
the floor. There are still a few openings; please let Dan
McConnell or any other officer know if you’re
interested in getting involved. The following is what
we have so far for the slate of officers
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
3rd Vice President
Recording Sec.
Corresponding Sec
Garden Walk
Ways and Means
Barry Ankney
Penny Bocelli
Sue Eckhoff
Dan McConnell (again)
Maggie Keesey
Mike/Sally Pula
Ken/Betty McGarvey
Ella Maxwell
Peg Maddox
Bob Streitmatter
Shelly Baldini
Carolyn Jones
Barry Ankney
The AHS wants to have a list of gardens around the
country and also Canada that Hosta travelers may
visit. This list will be placed on for your
convenience. These may be personal gardens of
members or city established Botanical Gardens. Some
may be University connected.
We want to be able to travel to a city and be able to visit
gardens. Of course personal homes would have to be
contacted before a visit. If you are interested in
participating, please send an email to Debbie
McCollum at: [email protected]
How late
is too late
to Plant
Hostas in
the Fall?
August is a great
time to plant hostas
almost anywhere in
the country. You can safely plant them all month in the
Midwest and North and the latter half of the month in
the South. My standard rule is you want to get them in
the ground 4-6 weeks before the first frost. This allows
them to make some new roots while the soil is still
warm and then have some time to prepare for winter.
Most of us, though, have planted hostas in the ground
later than that with good success. I have planted them
as late as the first week of November without any
noticeable ill effects. You do run a risk with late
planting however. Hostas are completely dormant
during the winter, and they will not produce new roots
until after they have made new foliage in the spring.
They literally sleep through the winter.
Late planted hostas may rot over the winter if 1) the
ground is frozen and stays frozen shortly after they are
planted, 2) they are very dry when the ground freezes,
3) the soil stays too wet because of poor winter drainage
or 4) heaving occurs during cycles of the soil freezing
and thawing. Snow cover or a covering of mulch will
help with all these situations. Remember, blue hostas,
as well as many gold hostas, with H. sieboldiana and H.
‘Tokudama’ parents as well as some H. longipes types
are the most susceptible to winter kill. Miniature hostas
may also completely heave out of the ground, resulting
in cold damage to the crown.
So, with late hosta planting, first make sure the plants
are full of water when the first hard frost hits. Then try
a little mulch to protect the hosta crowns and moderate
soil temperatures. (Beware! Deep mulches may entice
mice and voles to make their winter homes in your
hosta garden.) With a little luck from the winter
weather you can probably extend your planting season
another month or so, even after the first frost.
By Bob Solberg of Green Hill Farm, Reprinted from
the newsletter of the Delmarva Hosta Society
Tips for Selecting the
Right Hosta for Your
he use of blue hostas next to light yellow hostas
adds contrast. Planting one specimen hosta in an
unexpected site provides a unique touch. Warm
colors, such as gold and yellows are thought of as
coming forward, while cool colors such as green and
blue recede. Thereby, placing yellow and gold cultivars
in front of blue hostas create an illusion of greater
Yellow hostas are used to brighten up a dark corner or
area of your garden. They are used to draw the visitor’s
attention to that spot. Hostas can solve that bare spot or
eyesore in the shady part of your yard or next to the
deck that gets very little sun.
The use of bolder variegated hostas at the back of the
garden seems to bring that area closer. Hostas offer
continuity to the garden by being planted with and
among ferns, Siberian iris, astilbe, etc. Hostas perform
better (more pest resistant and sun tolerant) and become
more beautiful each year. Hostas make great container
plants on the patio. Place deeply variegated and highly
fragrant hostas close to the viewer so that they can
appreciate those characteristics more acutely.
Generally, hostas grown in shade have fewer but larger
leaves. Hostas are a perfect addition to the rock garden.
In time their roots search out available soil. Continued
on page 5
Just give them a little help the first year with some extra
In choosing green hostas, keep in mind that green
shades blend well with all other colors and are
considered a cool color. You’ll find greens with leaves
that are shiny, powdery, light and dark green, round,
lance shaped, heart shaped, oval, etc.
The blue hostas are considered cool shades and are easy
to blend with most any color. They add a good contrast
when placed next to yellow hostas. To hold their deep
blue color they need to be planted in shady areas. A blue
hosta planted in a sunny area will tend to turn green by
late summer.
Yellow to gold shades will really brighten up a dark
area of your garden. In fact it will draw your garden
visitor’s eye to that spot. Don’t overdo the use of
yellow though as too many seem to clutter up and
confuse an otherwise beautiful garden. The yellow
cultivars blend in well with all colors especially the
blues and gold margined types. Both the gold and white
margined hostas produce variety when planted with the
solid colors.
The combinations and patterns of the variegated types
planted with solid colors are subject to no limitations.
Finally we have a grouping with unique variegations
such as leaves with dark margins and lighter centers, or
those with variegations in the spring turning to solid
green by summer.
Reprinted from the Upstate New York Hosta
Society Newsletter, Shade of Green, Volume 6, No 4
October 2002. Printed with permission from
Homestead Farms
Hostas…more than just
pretty leaves; look at
the flowers!
ith each passing season, I notice more and more
the difference among hostas. Part of that skill has
been acquired by looking at more than just the
leaf. Don’t misunderstand me. The most dramatic and
significant impact of hostas comes from the leaves.
However, by emphasizing only the foliage, we may miss the
subtle beauty and some fun. As a hosta society (AHS), we
honor the leaves. If one of our hybridizers were to create a
hosta with a yellow or red flower, all of us would likely want
such a plant. But if its leaf was not unique, it would not win
an award in the seedling class at the cut-leaf show.
Consider the flower scapes. Some are rigid and some arch.
Some have orderly ridges. Some are very tall compared to
the plant’s height. Others may be so short as to have all or
part of the blooming under the plant’s foliage. Some plants
have several flower scapes per division. The color of the
flower scape often mirrors the color of the central part of the
leaf and petiole.
Some hosta leaves have a waxy coat called “bloom”, which
is what makes blue leaves blue, and which, after time, may
melt off and create dark-green leaves. Have you noticed that
flower scapes and even seed pods also have a “bloom”? The
bloom on the scape persists long after the bloom on the leaf
is gone.
Flower scapes can also have red pigment. This may vary
from a light stippling to an intense uniform color such as seen
on H. ‘Sparkling Burgundy’. In some cases the purple color
also extends to the seed pods. This is the case with H. ‘Purple
Passion’, making it a very striking plant when the seed pods
are left on the scape. Several of my seedlings from H. kikutii
var. caput-avis have purple flower scapes. One of them has
a very unusual modification: development of the purple
appears to be photo (light) dependent. The portion of the
scape below the foliage is green and that above the foliage is
Some flower scapes have leaves arising from them. These
vestigial leaves or scape foliations can be very striking. They
often mimic leaves that arise from the crown. Herb Benedict
has commented that they are often seen in young, vigorous
plants, and become insignificant in established clumps.
Splashed vestigial leaves can be a useful guide as to which
flowers are apt to produce variegated progeny.
We regularly talk about flower color, shape, size and
fragrance. Other flower attributes may distinguish one hosta
from another. Do most of the flowers arise from one side of
the scape or are they regularly distributed around the scape?
Do spent flowers readily drop off the scape or are they
retained until they shrivel and desiccate? Are the flowers
closed? This can be very beautiful because the flowers are
not pollinated and seem to be retained longer before
dropping off. Orientation of the individual flowers has great
influence on the beauty of the bloom. Some flowers droop
with their open end facing down, while others face straight
out or even face up, making a more dramatic presentation.
Some hosta growers remove their flower scapes, just after
they emerge, and miss most of the interest. Many hostaphiles
remove their flower scapes as the last few flowers are spent.
This, it is felt, puts more energy into the plant and promotes
more rapid growth. It is also good to remove the scape unless
you want to grow the seeds, before the seed pods ripen and
the seeds are spread all over the garden. It can be difficult
discriminating between a volunteer seedling and one of your
prized hostas. Continued on page 6
By cutting flower scapes early, you may miss some beauty
and interest in the seed pods. Some are a lovely dark purple,
some are striped, some are gold, some are large, and some
may have a waxy coat or “bloom”. You don’t have to be a
hybridizer to understand this wonder and wonder-filled
By Jim Wilkins, reprinted from the September 2014 issue of
the St. Louis Hosta Society newsletter
Yellow Hostas, Love at First
have said many times that as hosta folks we all seem to
go through the same series of predictable phases of
collecting. Variegated hostas especially those with white
or yellow colored leaf centers first attract us. Then we get the
inevitable hosta blues that may last for years, filling our
gardens with every blue hosta we can find, searching for the
bluest of all. Then one spring all that blue looks a little too
peaceful and calm and suddenly gold fever strikes. Yellow
hostas are all we see.
This infection usually lasts only for a year or two at the most.
By now our hosta collector’s eye has matured and, believe it
or not solid, green hostas become very interesting. Puckers,
ruffles, and the subtle shades of green interest us more than
riotous color. Then our interest wanders one of many ways.
For me, crazy as it sounds, I am not a big fan of variegated
hostas. Streaked hostas do not increase my pulse rate. Whitecentered hostas fill me with dread; I fear for their lives. I like
solid colored hostas best and of them I have a thing for the
yellow ones. It probably began when I started growing hosta
seeds. Grow some seeds of a yellow hosta and you will
germinate yellow ones, blue ones, usually, and green ones.
What a deal. I started with ‘August Moon’, still an underused
parent, but it was when I began to create my own line of
yellow hostas that I really fell in love with them. There is
always something special about your own kids. So here is the
somewhat ironic tale of my love for yellow hostas. It started
with two really nondescript late flowering hostas. I am crazy
busy running a nursery through the month of June but things
slow down to near normal in the heat of July. Only then can
I turn my full attention to hybridizing hostas so I have always
used late flowering hostas as parents primarily. (My ‘August
Moon’ seedlings were produced from a reblooming plant in
the nursery.) So, it was a cross of the fairly newly discovered
at the time H. yingeri and a yellow form of H. tsushimensis,
now called ‘Ogon Tsushima’, that was the starting point for
most all of my bright yellow hostas. That first cross produced
two hostas that I named, ‘Whiskey Sour’, which favored its
H. tsushimensis parent, with bright yellow spring color and
puckers, and ‘Sun Catcher’ that looked more like H. yingeri,
with heavier substance and more sun tolerance. While
unique, they looked like they could be improved so I crossed
them together with their siblings, a F2 cross. They tended to
become green in hot weather so I wanted their prodigy to stay
yellower longer and they also had bright red color on about
half their petioles. I thought it would be nice to enhance that,
too. So I was selecting now for two colors, yellow and red.
The two best seedlings from the F2 cross became
‘Strawberry Banana Smoothie’, again the most
H.tsushimensis looking seedling and ‘Sun Worshiper’, the H.
yingeri representative. The yellow was much better and the
red now extended up the petiole to the base of the leaf blade.
I loved the yellow but most visitors only saw red. Always
sensitive to my customers’ preferences, I realized that this
bright red color was something new and should continue to
be enhanced if possible.
H. ‘Strawberry Banana Smoothie’ As luck would have it, I
had also been fooling around with some rather ratty looking
second generation seedlings from H. clausa normalis. I
wanted that bright red color on the base of the flower tube to
find its way into the flowers of my seedlings. Why not try to
put it on the leaf petioles, too? One yellow seedling had good
red petioles but lacked vigor, substance, and wanted to run
all over the garden. I decided to cross it with ‘Strawberry
Banana Smoothie’ and its siblings that now, more or less
unwittingly, crossed three Korean species, combining their
genes for producing red in hosta leaves. Maybe 100 seedlings
resulted from four crosses. The crosses with ‘Strawberry
Banana Smoothie’ proved the most interesting and resulted
in a great diversity of leaf shapes, from narrow to round. The
addition of the H. clausa normalis genetic material had not
only intensified the red in the petioles and flower scapes but
also pushed the red up into the leaf along the midrib. Four
hostas from this cross made it into trade, little ‘Smiley Face’
with its unusual thick, round leaves and pink scape and
petioles, ‘Lemon Ice’, the largest of the four with bright red
emerging buds and bright yellow leaves in spring, ‘Peach
Salsa’, with its light yellow leaves and bright red scapes, and
my favorite, ‘Mango Salsa’, not quite as yellow but with
more narrow ruffled leaves with good substance and blood
red petioles and scapes full of pretty purple flowers.
Continued on page 7
H. ‘Smiley Face’ From the first cross of this long line of yellow
hostas several of the seedlings showed some red color on the tips
of leaves, at least for a few weeks in early spring. Some of the
seedlings from the other three crosses of the ‘Strawberry Banana
Smoothie’ siblings and the H. clausa normalis seedlings produced
hostas with persistent red on the tips of leaves and in the case of
‘Beet Salad’ a thin red edge on the leaf margin. ‘Beet Salad’ is
green, not yellow but has located red pigment in the vein that
surrounds its leaves and has wonderful dark red scapes. It also
passes red edges on to its seedlings! So what started as a plan to
create hostas that stayed bright yellow in the shade became the
quest for the red leaf hosta. Ironically, it is a green hosta, ‘Beet
Salad’ that seems to have gotten us there, but that is a story for
another day. For me, every spring I fall in love with my bright
White Oak Nursery
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H. ‘Mango Salsa’
Korean hostas again. It doesn’t hurt that they are accessorized in
red but unlike many of you, I still see the yellow first, and last.
Yellow hostas come to life in early spring and stand out against
the blue and dark green hostas. Some, by summer, begin to take
on light green, like H. ‘Kiwi Acid Yellow’. If you don’t have many
yellow hostas in your garden you need to get some this year.
CIHS Members are welcome to come view our offerings.
Please call for an appointment and directions.
Open Garden Days June 6, 7, 13, and 14, 2015 - Noon to
4 P.M.
By Bob Solberg, Courtesy of the Green Hill Gossip, March 2014
edition, reprinted from the Michigan Hosta Happening’s, Feb.
White Oak Nursery
Washburn, IL
(309) 369-2065
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