Todays post is highlighting the Hosta Halcyon and also some of the other Hostas growing in our garden. I have no idea why, after all this time of blogging I haven’t as yet got around to talking of the Hostas in our garden, which only happens to be the perennial which I favour over all others. The majority of these plants were purchased many years ago, and at that time I wasn’t so very concerned with plant names. Had I known that I would be spending so much of my time doing this sort of thing twenty five years later I would have been more particular. Halcyon is one of the few Hostas in our garden which is not variegated. Name is known as it was purchased in Spring of this year.The lance shaped blue/green leaves are extremely eye catching and as you can see we have this one in a pot. Hostas absolutely thrive in pots we have a few which have been in the same containers for over twelve years without having been repotted. Although Hostas are generally grown for their leaves, many of them have rather attractive blooms which should not be overlooked, the pale lilac blue flowers of Halcyon are quite exceptional. Halcyon like many other Hostas will tolerate a fair bit of sunshine but perform best of all in partial shade or even quite heavy shade. Halcyon belongs to the Tardiana group and was given the RHS award of garden merit. Grow your Hostas in moist but well draining soil, they are reported to perform best when the soil is acidic to neutral. The Hosta Halcyon shares a place with many other plants in a totally transformed area of the garden. In an upcoming post I will let you see what we have done. ( Hosta Halcyon) • Hardiness *** Fully hardy • Position *** Partial shade • Blooms *** In Summer July/August • Height *** 18″/45cm • Mail order
Here we have some of the other Hostas in our garden, I am sure it would have been of more interest had I known the names of them. I will number each Hosta and if you happen to recognise and know the name get in touch and I will add your name and a link to your blog.
Hosta No. 1
In the woodland area of the garden.
Hosta No. 2 *** Albo Marginata, named by Carolyn, a gardening grandmother from Utah USA.
In a pot and moved around from pillar to post.
Hosta No. 3
A pair of these ones sit by the pond in tubs.
Hosta No 4 Dress Blue
Hosta No. 5
In an East facing border. I will have to move it, cramping its style with being overcrowded.
Hosta No 6 (Fragrant Bouquet) A pair of them planted in pots when I was relatively young, that should give an idea as to how long we have had them. I discovered the name for this one on finding a very brittle plastic name tag in the pot. Fragrant Bouquet seriously dislikes too much sun.
Hosta No. 7 Big Daddy *** named by Angie from Scotlands capital city.
Planted in an East facing border beside the pond.
Hosta No. 8
In the round garden beside some Ferns.
Hosta No. 9 (Minuteman)
A newcomer, in a pot in the new garden area which I will talk of quite soon.
Hosta No. 10
Planted in the round garden where it disappears under foliage of other plants by the time August arrives. Doesn’t do it any harm but its just so wrong.
Hosta No. 11
Strange as it may seem, shares a position alongside a Heather bed.
Hosta No. 12
In a pot and placed in a west facing position where it is unfazed by being in full sunshine. The pot is crumbling owing to the time its been there. Honestly I know of no other plant which would tolerate such hardship.
The front garden in July. I dont show it so very often. Its something like half permanent plants and half annuals.
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