Hosta Blue Mouse Ears
The Hosta Blue Mouse Ears quickly develops into a sturdy wee cracker of a plant.
Performance in our garden
When I first planted the Hosta blue mouse ears in the back garden it kinda got lost. I wasn’t really surprised, I mean, it’s a little plant and easily overwhelmed by others.
In the Autumn of that first season, I decided it would suit our needs best if planted in a pot.
In the Spring of the following year, I was pleased to see the sturdy shoots poking through the compost. Mind you there should be little doubt of success with Hostas as they can survive extremely low Winter temperatures, even in pots.
Look how well it flowered in the Summer. Let’s face it Hosta’s are not generally grown for their flowers. However, no one can deny the charm which the blooms and blue foliage bring to this particular Hosta.
Blue mouse ears along with all the other Hosta’s in our garden are planted in a shady position.
Of all the plants which we grow in pots, none do better than the Hosta’s and so easy to keep free of slugs when grown in containers.
I would highly recommend my new little favourite.
The generally trouble-free Hosta blue mouse ears is a must for that shady border.
Choose the position wisely if planting directly in the border. Hosta suffers if given too much sun. A north or East facing position is ideal.
At a height of 15cm/6in the compact clump-forming dwarf Hosta with blue/green leaves and pale purple/lilac flowers is easily lost in the border, unless planted at the edge.
It is one of those perennial plants which would look good in the rockery, however, most rockeries are positioned in a sunny location. Easy to move around and so happy when planted in a pot.
Hosta blue mouse ears will grow in most soil types , however, it thrives best of all in acidic to neutral soil.
Generally speaking, Hosta is all about the foliage, although the leaves are quite exceptional with this plant the blooms are also very special.
Height – 15cm/6in
Blooms – purple/lilac flowers above blue/green foliage
Hardiness – fully hardy perennial
Position – East or North facing
Soil – preference for acidic to neutral
- RHS Award of garden merit *
Progress with our new house build,
They do say that moving house is one of the most stressful things we have to do in our lifetime, this time around it has gone right off the scale.
Estate agents, to be honest, they could not have been more helpful.
Solicitors, go out of their way to find complications, don’t keep you up to date with what’s going on. Between the three sets of solicitors involved, they could not confirm the date on which we were moving out of our place in spite of all house owners having agreed upon a date three months previously. eventually they agreed on the date with only two weeks left until moving out date. Well you would think that would be the end of that matter. However a couple of days ago one of the solicitor companies came up with a little problem and informed us that as they had to go to a convention on that date, no solicitor would be available to transfer the cash. Well I had no option but to agree upon another date.
House builders, These are the guys in which you are handing over a lot of cash. Is it just me! I would expect them, if not to be all over you to at least be helpful and converse with you, help you to make the right decisions regarding all those little or not so little extras that one adds when purchasing a new house. Keeping you up to date with build progress and most of all reply to your telephone and e-mail messages. Well to be honest the service which we have had has been deplorable from the management. On the isolated occasion when we managed to get hold of the general manageress she would at least tell me that the entry date was looking positive and it would be fine to organise removal people etc.
It’s now only a week until we move out of our present house. I have had no luck in getting in touch with the usual manageress. Apparently she likes to see to everything herself! I came across a business card which the site manager had given me back in August. I decided to give him a call. Great guy, easy to talk to. Unfortunately he informed me that due to the very cold weather, progress was not up to date and completion would be a couple of weeks later than anticipated.
An insight into my experience in buying a new home, you may well sail through it..
Ah well, off to take some medication in the form of amber liquid.
This is my last post for the foreseeable future.
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