Blogging friend Michael Laico offered a plant exchange on his site right after the Fourth of July.
He grows and hybridizes Hosta, and hoped to trade some divisions of Hosta for other plants he wants for his garden.
Michael offered up a miniature Hosta, called “Lemon Lime” which grows to about 8″ high. It sounded perfect for growing in pots on the deck.
This Hosta offers beautiful golden green leaves and scapes covered in purple flowers, much enjoyed by hummingbirds.
I offered a re-blooming German Iris, “Stairway to Heaven” in exchange; and the deal was done.
It has taken us about a week and a half to dig, prepare, and post our plants.
Michael received my package of Iris and some rooted Begonia cuttings on Wednesday, and I received his package of Hosta and Japanese Iris today.
What fun to get a package of new plants in the mail! And how satisfying to exchange plants with friends.
Sometimes it is good to have a little faith that a friend’s gifted plant will be something you’ll also enjoy growing.
Although I don’t grow many Hosta, since they are basically deer candy in our garden; I love Hosta foliage and flowers.
They are dependable shade perennials whose foliage can stand alone or provide an interesting backdrop for other plants.
I would have a garden full of them were it practical. The six we planted our first season here survive- barely- even through nibbling after nibbling when deer finagle their way through the fences and into the garden.
So I will enjoy this H. “Lemon Lime” as a potted perennial, grown well out of reach of hungry deer!
I haven’t made up my mind yet whether to pot the Iris or plant them directly into the garden.
Since they love moisture, I’m leaning towards a pot whose moisture I can control; rather than taking a chance on drought or voles devouring these iris before I get to enjoy their blooms next spring. Photos to follow….
So thank you, Michael, for offering this exchange.
Not only is it fun to trade plants, it is a very economical way to expand one’s garden.
I shipped USPS Priority Zone Mail, and paid a little less than $7.00 for postage, which included tracking and $50 in insurance.
The plants traveled from Virginia to South Carolina in a day and a half.
Michael shipped Fed Ex. It took about the same time, and his well packaged plants arrived in great condition.
We both poked holes in the boxes for ventilation, and packed the roots of our plants in damp medium and Ziplock bags.
So if you’d like to grow H. Lemon Lime for yourself, and have something interesting to trade, please hop over to Michael’s site and leave him a message.
He has great photos of the mature Hosta in bloom on this page, should you want to take a look at the beautiful flowers it produces each summer.
I promise you it is well worth the effort.
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014