Christina at My Hesperides Garden encourages us to look at foliage in our gardens in a different way and post about it each month. After my series of foliage posts focussing on different aspects like pattern and colour I was intending to focus on ‘clumps’ this month, but everything is getting rather leafy now, unlike the more discernible clumps last month. Instead I am sharing some of the hosta foliage that is pushing itself out of the soil in various pots, the variable green spikes thrusting and unfurling themselves almost overnight. With such a wet spring, last year was a disaster for the hostas as slugs from far and wide munched lacy patterns in the foliage, so it is a relief that the plants can shrug off these attacks and have another go this year.
Above we have a pot with three miniature hosta – Lime Fizz, Cracker Crumb and Blue Mouse Ears, which without attention from slugs will grow into tiny but perfectly formed adult hostas. There are two more miniatures in another pot but I will be on the lookout for more. Below are four hostas that came as part of a ‘pay postage & packing only’ offer from Gardeners World magazine, arriving surprisingly with large and healthy root systems and quickly sending up new leaves when potted up – so perfect, so complete, so untouched by Slug….
Below, survivors from previous years (clockwise from top left) Orange Marmalade, Wide Brim, Halcyon and an elderly unknown, not as far advanced as the new additions:
And not foliage but worthy of a mention is this cheeky chappie, whoever he is – some sort of a shield bug but with an unusual bronze tear-drop on his back. Our field guide to insects suggests he is a ‘squash bug’ Corizus marginatus, a common bug found chiefly on sorrel, dock, blackberry, groundsel, etc. Unfortunately not a slug predator, despite where I found him!
Big thanks to Christina for hosting this foliage meme – and do visit her blog to find links to the foliage in other people’s gardens.