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MatsuBonsai

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Hostas in bloom
« on: June 05, 2011, 06:22 PM »
Here's a few foggy pictures of some of my dwarf hostas.  The first is "Blue Mouse Ears".  The others?  Anybody have any guesses?

Also, any tips for shooting outside in hot/humid weather?
 

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Re: Hostas in bloom
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2011, 08:40 PM »
I love that last pot.  Sorry, I'm no help with any identifications.  (Hang on to the labels when you buy 'em next time!)

As for photographing hot/humid weather, just give your camera/lens time to acclimate to the temp/conditions.
 

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Re: Hostas in bloom
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2011, 05:49 AM »
Difficult to I.D. the dwarves.  You can use the flowers sometimes to trace parentage but i'd check Plant Delights Nursery's website or get their catalog.  Just don't blame me when you spend a mint on new accents ; ). 
 

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Re: Hostas in bloom
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2011, 11:12 AM »
No tags or labels on any of them, I'm afraid.  I think I purchased these during the Nashville show at Cheekwood a few years ago.  I'm assuming the last two are the same, or very similar.

The pot is from Cass Bonsai Gardens, Chinese import, I think.

I'll be sure to check out Plant Delights.
 

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Re: Hostas in bloom
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2011, 06:41 PM »
John, you got them from Barbara Bogan then.  She may know.  Visit the nursery in Raliegh in spring if you can.  They have something like 8,000 different plants.
 

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Re: Hostas in bloom
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2011, 08:52 PM »
John, you got them from Barbara Bogan then.  She may know.  Visit the nursery in Raliegh in spring if you can.  They have something like 8,000 different plants.

Not directly, but they may have originally come from the Bogans. I think they were at the booth across from them, if I remember correctly. They'll be in town next week so I'll see if she knows.
 

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Re: Hostas in bloom
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2011, 09:21 PM »
Ok Owen, now I'm mad. Plant Delights catalog came in the mail today. I've dog-eared a handful of pages already!
 

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Re: Hostas in bloom
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2011, 07:56 AM »
I spent $300 on just Tricyrtis formosana and T. hirta cultivars last time i was there.  I warned you.  Actually studying kusamono in earnest lately as my teacher's father used to make a ton.  There are very few strictly kusamono nurseries in Japan.  The best one I know of is Kaiko-san's.  She apprenticed at Mansai-en and is based in Tokyo but can't get over there any time soon.  She has some great books though.  In the states,  I highly reccomend my friend Young Choe: ymchoe17@gmail.com. She lives in Florida.  You, or anyone else should have her up to teach some time.
 

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Re: Hostas in bloom
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2011, 07:44 PM »
Hosta are difficult to identify if there is no real distingushing characteristic - unusual shape, cupped leaves, ruffled leaves, streaks, varigation, colored stems, rippled leaves, etc.  Many green hostas look very similar and some of them can only be distinguished by hosta experts.  Your miniatures are nice, but with no real distinguishing characheristic it's going to be tough to figure out what they are.

(I have a few hundred hostas in addition to my bonsai).