This time of year, Partner and I walk to and from work more often. Our neighborhood is full of pretty houses and nice gardens, and it’s always entertaining to see what people are doing in their yards. The other evening, for example, I was scampering home by myself, and squealing like a pixie over each and every late spring / early summer plant and blossom: creeping phlox, flowering quince, bamboo, copper beech, wood hyacinth, honey locust, vinca –





And hosta.



Hosta is a border plant often found in Eastern gardens. It puts out its greenery in April and May, and later – June/July – it puts out dull light-purple blossoms.



I find it terribly dull. It fills in the gaps in the hedge, but so would Romaine lettuce. The flowers and leaves are dusty-looking, and the foliage (in summer) is undramatic and uninteresting.



Partner tells me that, in his childhood, he and his friends used to pop the flower-buds before they bloomed, just for the hell of it.



I understand the temptation.




About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to

9 Responses to Hosta

  1. Here the slugs often turn it into a lace leaf variety.

  2. starproms says:

    I agree with tanglycottage. I don’t grow them in my cottage garden for the same reason. However, mostly they are grown for their foliage which provides a good background for other, more interesting plants.

  3. Pingback: Westbrook garden, 22 June | Tangly Cottage Journal

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