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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tuesday Treasures #17 - Hostas

As I prepare for my big move at the end of the month I'm reflecting back on our time at this house by posting old blogs.  I've scheduled one a week as I take a hiatus from blogging.
This one entitled "Hostas" was also popular in page views.  I don't know why.  It was first posted on June 1, 2011.

Linking to Tuesday Treasures


Hostas come in many shapes, sizes and colors. I know they all have names but I haven't maintained that bit of information to accompany this blog entry. I'll let them speak for themselves.

"We are the oldest hosta on the premises, a gift from friends and planted under the study window before there ever was a glen garden."

"I'm one of the newest hostas - a blue one. I was also a gift from a friend just last spring 2010."

"I'm even newer. I arrived last fall in October. I'm going to grow very large: 4-5 ft tall. I"m called an Empress Yu. There are three of us now."

"Sorry I'm nameless. I've already divided myself into two plants but I'm too young to be physically divided."

"I'm from the grocery store. An impulse purchase but I've loved growing in the shade of the glen garden."

"Here I am with two others of the same variety - all from the grocery store."

"We are divisions from other hostas enjoying the glen habitat."

"I'm probably one of the most common hostas you see. And I love to grow."

"We have enjoyed the shade along the glen edge and have spread well. We are content to just be green."

"I'm one of the big leaved variety of hostas. I'm not at my full growth since I've been moved several times and divided each time. I'll get to my full height and width in the next couple of years if I'm just left alone."

"I'm related to the one above but for some reason I didn't inherit the darken edges to my leaves. I'm still growing too so let me be!"

"We are of the tiny variety of hosta with a nice yellow hue to the edge of our leaves. We can't remember where we came from but this glen garden is a wonderful home for us especially here on the edge."

"Didn't you see our parent plants in the first photo? We love to expand and multiply."

"Just let me spread my huge leaves. I'll take over this spot before too long and there won't be room for those durn annuals under me either."

"Hey big leaf! Stop crowding me! I think I need to be moved out so my yellow leaves are shown to their full effect. Hear that gardener?"

"Our yellow big leaves are better than those ones under us. We'd be glad to have them moved out some because we need room to expand. After all hostas take up to 5-6 years to reach maturity and we're almost at that age. Give us the room we say."

2016 Footnote:  The hosta have taken a beating from voles.  Some have not returned for 2016.

Only the one on the left looks to be of the right size of these three.

And the bed below is sparse with hosta this year.

Compare that with this photo from June 2013.  I guess I'm glad I'm not here much longer to rue this damage to the bed of hosta.


Fishtail Cottage said...

Giggling inside....I couldn't decide to share my lilacs, host as or rhodi's today, love your post of your hostas & yours are gorgeously huge!!!! I need to stop dividing mine & allow them to grow...it's hard not to be thrifty & easier to divide when they are small!!! Thanks for linking up and sharing at Cottage Flora Thursday's today! Xoxo, tracie

Nancy said...

Our hostas have gone wild this year. Yours are beautiful. I have many of the same ones you do and I need to divide them. Visiting from Fishtail Cottage. Have a lovely Thursday! :)

HolleyGarden said...

Yours look so full and lush. Love the variegated ones. Mine look a little anemic this year. Do they need to be fed?

Lavender Cottage said...

A nice collection of hostas and all looking very healthy.
I think my absolute favourite is 'June' who takes her time to grow and is too thick for the slugs to bite into.

Shirley said...

Hi Marcia,
My dad introduced me to my first hosta plant. To this day, I still love them and have many in my garden too. Just the other evening I saw a skunk waddle under one of the larger plants. Now I know to be extra careful when approching a large hosta plant!

Southwest Cottage Designs said...

Love your hostas storytelling! I've been wanting to plant hostas in my rock garden beside a tree. I haven't planted them before but love how full they get. Yours are all beautiful. Do they grow well beside any kind of tree? (Shows you how much I know about a hosta) :)

wilderness said...

Love the hosta. I have I think 3 different colors but mostly the green and white variegated ones. Still have some to divide and pot up that have been dug for a year and just sitting around without a home.

Dawn Y. said...

What a lovely Hosta garden, Marcia! I have been admiring our hostas after each rain this spring. There is just something about raindrops on their leaves! It's so nice that you will be able to take along your entire garden, via your blog, when you move! So many wonderful memories... and easy to pack! Hope your plans continue to work out smoothly, Marcia!

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