“A wise man will make more opportunities
than he finds.”
Tips, tricks, and tools for gardening in a forest community
Last July, Michael Laico offered to trade plants with those who follow his woodworking blog. Michael maintains a lovely woodland garden on his mountain in South Carolina, and listed the plants he could offer as divisions.
I was interested, and soon we moved from his comments to emails negotiating our trade. Michael sent me a division of his yellow Japanese Iris along with a bonus gift of his Hosta ‘Lemon Lime.’
I learned that Michael loves Hosta, and grows many varieties in his garden. I also love Hosta, but discoverd early on that those I plant out in this garden are subject to grazing by rabbits and deer.
I now grow some Hostas in pots on the deck to protect them. And Michael promised me these H. ‘Lemon Lime’ are miniatures, and perfect for culture in a pot.
We exchanged plants in late July, with an eye to the weather. I planted both Iris and Hosta in containers to protect them while they established. The Iris went into a garden bed this spring and are growing on well.
The Hosta still grow in their original pots. And their growth this spring has been spectacular!
Hosta make a good ground cover. When not in bloom, they often recede into the background of a planting scheme. These miniature Hostas, especially, don’t scream for your attention, like my Begonia Rex and showy Coleus.
But now that they have bloomed, I see they are truly stunning in their own way. Hostas attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. I expect to see hummingbirds hovering around these blossoms any day now.
Their delicate flowers show exquisite markings.
Michael sent enough divisions that I divided them between two pots. After putting as many as I dared in the decorative glazed pot, the remainder went into a spare nursery pot with a rooted Begonia cutting. Somehow a bit of hardy Begonia grandis found its way into the pot as well.
I like the Hosta on its own merits, but also as a ground cover under a larger potted plant. Both pots of Hosta would probably benefit from division after they bloom, they’ve grown so well.
This post is to thank Michael once again for his gift of healthy plants, and to reinvigorate the notion of garden bloggers sharing plants with one another.
Gwennie recently made the generous offer to send me a start of her Begonia, ‘Muddy Waters,’ which I covet. As much as I would love to accept her offer, I believe border inspections might prevent it from reaching me from her home in Belgium. I’ve thanked her and continue my search to locate this stunning Begonia in the United States.
But I enjoy sharing plants with blogging friends and neighbors. The Pelargonium cuttings Eliza recently shared continue to root on my kitchen counter. I planning to send her some of our re-blooming German Iris when this heat finally breaks!
Neighborhood friends pass plants among ourselves routinely, and always learn something interesting as we share. My garden is populated with beautiful living gifts, constant reminders of loved ones and friends.
Deb, at Unexpected In Common Hours, passed on another gift of sorts, yesterday, when she asked me to participate in the ” Three Days Three Quotes” blogging challenge. I enjoy sharing quotations in my posts, so this challenge is a pleasure to accept.
I’ve learned that when sharing plants with someone, it is important to make sure they can accept the plants, first. Can they provide the conditions a plant needs to thrive? How much space is needed? Is this a plant they will enjoy growing?
A surprise gift can become a burden, especially when that gift is alive. As with any other gift, there has to be a certain “fit” between the gift and the one who receives.
Which brings us back to this latest blogging challenge. I’ve recently read some interesting essays by fellow bloggers about these awards and challenges which make the rounds. To some, they have the icky feel of chain letters.
Maybe there are just too many lately. Maybe they pressure bloggers to reveal more about themselves than they wish, or to post more frequently than they comfortably can. I don’t want to pass on something which makes another uncomfortable.
That is why I have decided to participate in this three day challenge, but not to pass it on this time.
However, if you would like to take part in this simple three day challenge, please let me know and I will be delighted to invite you. I’m happy to pass on the invitation to those happy to receive it!
Let gifts always be those things which bring our loved ones joy, like this beautiful Hosta, and so many other beautiful creatures growing in our garden.
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