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Hosta Blue Mouse Ears — 26 Comments

  1. Thank you, good to know it is not a totally mad idea to try in Glasgow, will head out next weekend to buy some wisteria. If I ever get any flowers on it I will be back with photos…

  2. Hello Lucy
    Your question makes me think of the late TV gardener Geoffrey Smith. Hi lived in Yorkshire and several times he mentioned the growing conditions in Glasgow were more favourable than that of Yorkshire on the East coast. I might add in a South facing situation you will likely have more success than those in Aberdeen. Good luck.

  3. Hello Alistair, I am not sure where to post this question so hope it is ok to add it to this page. I found your site while I was trying to research whether it is possible to grow wisteria in Glasgow. My house has a south facing wall, but it is directly on a lane. I am not sure how sheltered a wisteria plant would need to be to flower. I saw your article on wisteria in Aberdeen, and your suggestion of trying Chinese wisteria, but wondered if west coast Glasgow might be too cold and windy? I have always loved wisteria so would be interested in your thoughts about how it might fair here or if there is another similar plant that would be better to try. Thank you

  4. Hi – have just started to read your blog. Wow – I take it you will be starting all over again in a new garden. I shall follow you with interest as I too moved to a new build in Glasgow at the end of September and am longing to get started.

  5. A wee cracker it is! Good to see some of your writing tonight! Thought I would give you a ring after the Trump election. I’m sure everyone is elated in you neck of the woods. Ha! time for a spot of ale myself. Good evening Alistar.

  6. Hi Ray, thanks for dropping by. We have just moved to Give, in temporary accommodation waiting the completion of our new home. Everything in a total muddle, only got access to my website from the tablet which I am hopeless with.

  7. I have been growing these for about two years. Love them. They don’t bloom as large as yours. I call them one of my close up plants, because you need to be close to appreciate them.-Ray

  8. That Hosta is indeed beautiful and the flowers are mind-blowing. I hope I will get it here in the USA. Oh! I envy you — you live in the UK — I think gardening is in the blood and gene of you all. Only think that I watch on TV are any kind of garden-related program created by either BBC or ITV — I basically watch them on YouTube on TV. I greedily consume up each such programs and thus I think you all have lots and lots of varieties of plants and flowers which we don’t get here in the US.

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year

  9. Well I wish you luck….we built our house when I changed jobs….it was a most stressful experience but one that I had to flow with or surely lose my mind….hoping it all works out for you my friend. I have been away as you may know healing up. I hope to be back blogging in the New Year. Wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

  10. Hello Alistair, I can’t understand why solicitors seem to be almost universally terrible. My experience with them is that they are stuck in the past and long overdue to be replaced with automation and technology. There are some gems out there but few and far between. I know that if the company I work for behaved the way most of them do, I would quite rightly expect it to be fined heavily, then promptly go out of business. There’s simply no excuse in this day and age. I hope your ordeal is over soon and you can move.

  11. Hi Sarah
    We move out of here on Wednesday, going into temporary accommodation. Perhaps I will have internet access with my tablet, but to be honest, I am not very good with it.

  12. Oh Alistair – it’s remarkably stressful. Thank goodness for that amber nectar! It is nearly three years since we moved into our barn conversion – our 1st morning here was Christmas Eve. Here’s hoping your move goes better than anticipated! On the altogether less stressful subject of hostas. I love Hosta flowers & can clearly remembering asking a grower about the flowers on a particular Hosta & he had no idea if they were blue or white or scented. He said, ‘who notices the flowers?’ ARRRRRGHHH!

  13. Hi, Alistair! I thought (have no idea why) that you have moved yet and are living in your new home. Looking at your photo, understand it isn’t ready for living at least two weeks or so. As we say in Russia ‘a moving is worst than fire’, because it depends on many things.
    The hostas are so unpretentious plants, I love them. And yours have amasing abundant flowers, very pretty!

  14. Good grief!
    Our moving day was a hilarious farce looking back. Sigh.
    I think we can all share our own horror stories … but … get thru the hiccups somehow … and it will all be worth it.

  15. I will definitely be buying this for next year. I cannot usually grow hostas as I have a no kill policy in terms of my garden. I will put it in a container with slug barrier tape and I can’t wait to see it! Thanks for sharing this Alistair. Good luck with your move . The stress will go once you are in and you will think it was all worth it, I am sure.

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