For as far back as I can remember, and by some reports farther back than that, I have been a sucker for growing things.
That picture was taken when I was three. We were planting peas and what I was doing was pulling the soil into the furrow.
The story goes that one fine day when I was closing in on my third birthday, it came nigh on to meal time and my mother put out the dinner call. Needless to say, my one year old brother was johnny on the spot, having been put into his high chair willy nilly. My older sister showed up fairly promptly, as did my father. But there was an unoccupied chair at the table, and the question arose: “Where is Ellie?”
Another call made from the back porch, and again, no response. A posse was formed and the search for the miscreant began. It wasn’t long before the forces of the law discovered the fugitive’s whereabouts. I was crouched at the edge of the bean patch, delightedly engrossed in the show that was going on there. Urged by the warm Southern California sun, the bean seeds were emerging from the soil, literally popping from the u-shaped form to erect with their little dicotyledons deployed to catch the rays and begin their job of growing.
My mother reports that I was laughing and cheering each victorious seedling, heedless of hunger or parental calls. After a suitable celebration, we all went inside to eat.
My fascination has not abated. I still like to watch the beans unfold. I like to see the plants in my garden thrive. Today I went out on a safari through my urban jungle to see what was going on.
The poppies are blooming in the stroll garden.
Personally, I think they bear a closer look.
I proceeded out to the pond to see if I could spy a dragon fly. They were still asleep, it being quite early in cloudy and cool morning. The water lilies were not open yet either, but there was a pond denizen in evidence.
Out there is where the pipe vine grows. I planted it as a food supply for the pipevine swallowtail, in the fond hope that one would happen upon it and start a colony, but so far they have not shown up. I may be located too far from their usual habitat. But I love the vine anyway. Right now it is covered with little “dutchmen’s pipes”.
You might wonder why I entitled this post “Hosta love” since I haven’t mentioned them yet. Well, I’m getting there. Just be patient.
I have quite the collection of hostas. They are actually fairly trouble free plants, and the huge variety of color and form make them a wonderful thing to fill dark corners. I started out with just a few varieties in a garden on the north side of the house. In addition to hostas, this garden contains hellebores, a couple of bleeding hearts and sundry filler plants.
This beauty is located there, and she is the perfect exemplar of what I love about the genus.
Here is a broad shot of the area I call the Hosta Dell, that gives you an idea of what a beautiful garden you can create using hostas as the main focus.
That is where you can find this variety.
And this one too. It may be the star of the show, but the two Heucheras behind it make a pretty fine back up section.
I am very sorry to report that I have neglected to mark and remember all the varietal names of the hostas I own. I started out with good intentions, but I was derailed by certain events that I had no control over, namely the blue jays’ penchant for stealing plant tags for nest material. I always have good intentions of making maps with labeled plant locations, but then I move a plant or one dies and gets replaced (or not), and the mapping falls by the wayside, so to speak. So I really couldn’t tell you these particular lovlies actual names. Sorry.
Of course, all is not perfection in the gardens of The Havens. I have a rose I need to move off the root cellar so that we can cover the area with more dirt in preparation for the solar panel installation. The garden I wish to transplant the rose into was choked with weeds yesterday. I have it 80% cleaned out, but the north end of the Hosta Dell is sadly in need of attention too.
I guess I’d better stop procrastinating and get out there and get to work!