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Hosta 'Royal Standard'

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Hosta Garden Update

Before (10/11/10) and After (4/10/11)

Last fall I did a post about redoing the Hosta Garden Bed which you can read here if you’re interested.  Basically I divided the 7 Royal Standard Hostas that existed in this bed into 28 smaller divisions.  Some were potted up for a co-worker of my husband’s and the rest were replanted in this staggered pattern.  They may take a couple of seasons to make a dense mass but that’s okay with me.  I pre-ordered Daffodils in bulk to add to the bed this fall. The rest of the plantings include masses of unknown yellow and white ‘Thalia’ Daffodils, a Rhododendrum, two Viburnums and two Nandinas.  The fountain was a early b-day present last year and it rounds out this simple bed.  With a fresh layer of mulch and the edging completed it really looks great.  I can’t wait to see how it looks in a few more months.  I’ll keep you posted on the progress of this garden.  🙂

Hosta Garden Redo

Hosta 'Royal Standard' with Nandinas, Viburnums and a Rhododendron

The Hosta Garden got a makeover this weekend.  I dug up the 6 or 7 mature ‘Royal Standard’ clumps and divided them into about 28 smaller divisions.  Eight of these divisions were potted up for my husband’s co-worker to enjoy.  The rest were distributed throughout this bed and a couple other beds.  This took me about 2 hours and it was messy work but should pay off big time next spring.  Here’s the steps involved in redoing this area:

  • dug up mature clumps with a spading fork so as to not disturb the crown and roots
  • split the divisions into smaller clumps (by hand and with the fork)
  • cut off the spent and broken foliage with shears
  • potted up 8 divisions for pass-a-long  plants
  • added a full wheelbarrel of compost to the garden
  • tilled the compost into the existing soil and raked it smooth
  • planted the new smaller divisions into several beds
  • watered the new plants

Bloomin Tuesday

 It’s the last Bloomin’ Tuesday for August.  Wow this summer went by fast.  This week I have some late season bloomers to share with you.  

From upper L-R across and down: Background photo of 'Sweet Autumn' Clematis, Hosta 'Royal Standard', Closeup of 'Sweet Autumn' Clematis blooms and Vitex agnus-castus 'Rosea'

 The background of this collage is a full view of my ‘Sweet Autumn’ Clematis in full bloom.  It’s situated in the corner of the Arbor Garden on two trellises and drapes over the fence like a curtain.   Early in the morning the fragrance is sweet just as the name implies without being overpowering.   My ‘Royal Standard’ Hostas are just starting to bloom right now.  They have a wonderful scent and the flowers are large with a tinge of lavender on their white faces.  Imagine my happiness when this Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus) started blooming its’ first season.   I expected iridescent blue flowers and was surprised to see Rosey pink ones instead.  This tree also flowers in a white form called ‘Alba’.   It will be finding a new home in the garden this fall.  Probably out front where it can get full sun and ample space to mature.  I’m going to create an island bed around it so I can underplant with seasonal annuals for a pretty combo.  To see more Bloomin’ Tuesday posts or to join in on the fun this week please visit our gracious host Jean @ Ms Greenthumb.

Inspite of the Heat (Part 2-Shade Lovers)

(From upper L-R across & down: Lirope variegata, Heucera 'Plum Pudding', Autumn Fern, Hosta 'Royal Standard', Variegated Solomon's Seal, Pulmonaria 'Raspberry Splash' and Calla Lily)

Last week I showed you the sun-loving plants that stand up to the heat & drought in my garden.  If you missed that post you can read it here.  Today I thought I would share some of the shade-loving plants that are surviving these conditions in my garden so far.   All of these plants I grow mainly for their attractive foliage even though most of them do get some type of blooms.  The Autumn Fern is the only one that doesn’t bloom, but it’s foliage is just as colorful come fall with shades of yellow, orange & red.  These all grow in full shade conditions (filtered light only) except for the Calla Lily which is getting morning sunlight.  I do have some of this Calla Lily growing in deeper shade conditions and does well there too.   In addition I have some of the Lirope and Variegated Solomon’s Seal in a different area of the garden that get more sun and are doing just as well.  🙂 

note:  Since I do my posts in advance this was created before we got some much needed rain.  Thank goodness!

Hostas

(From upper L-R across & down: unknown Hosta blooms, unknown lime Hosta, 'Red October' Hosta, unknown dwarf Hosta, row of 'Royal Standard' Hostas, stems of 'Red October' Hosta, unknown lemony lime hosta, and unknown variegated hosta)

Don’t you get excited each spring when the first furled Hosta leaves start poking through the soil?  I know I do because what’s not to love about these beautiful shade loving foliage plants.  Yes I realize they have blooms and some of them are actually worth the attention.  But my favorite part has to be the leaves whether they be large, small, green, yellow, blue or patterned.  Now the blooms on my Royal Standard are a big plus since they are quite large and very fragrant.  But for the most part I’m not that impressed with the blooms on some of my Hostas.  This unknown Limey green one has pretty white flowers with just a hint of lavender around the edges, no scent that I noticed though.  The stems are quite sturdy which keeps them upright vs laying on the ground to be run over by a runaway lawnmower.  😉   I don’t remember if ‘Red October’ bloomed last year which was the first season in the garden, but the stems are pretty cool huh?  Some of the Hostas in my garden were purchased as a grab bag type deal at the end of a season so I don’t know the names and some were long forgotten.  That’s one of the perks of blogging, it has helped me keep track of new additions and their ids.  Plus for the past 2 years I have been documenting new purchases in a journal which includes where they were planted.  Anyhow just thought I would pay a small tribute to one of my favorite perennials in the garden. 

Bloomin Tuesday

(From upper L-R across & down: Vervain, Double Daylilly, Calla Lily, Hosta, Aster, Cucumber and Shasta Daisies)

 This Vervain was picked up a couple of seasons ago at a Native Plant Sale.  One of my favorites when it starts blooming.  The double daylilly & Calla Lily were pass-a-long plants from a neighbor.    I wish I had kept better track of the names of plants before I started blogging.  This lime-colored hosta is one of my favorites and it is in full bloom at the moment.  The flowers are actually quite a decent size but unscented.  This Aster is ‘Bluebird’ and is full of buds just waiting to pop open.  I was tickled yesterday when I saw blooms on my Cucumber ‘Sassy hybrid’ plants.  Hooray for future pickles! 🙂   And I couldn’t imagine the garden without the Shasta Daisies that are just getting ready to be in full glory in my Grandmother’s flower bed. 

(From L-R across & down: 'Better Bush' Tomatoes, 'Kentucky Wonder' Beans and 'Yellow Straightneck' Squash)

 I know  these don’t count as blooms, but I just had to show you all the wonderful produce that I am and will be harvesting from the veggie garden soon.   Nothing like summer veggies fresh picked, huh?   To see more Bloomin’ Tuesday posts or to join in this week please visit our gracious host Ms Greenthumb.