Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Nearly Wordless for Wordless Wednesday!

Taking photos of hosta blossoms is rather intriguing. You don't realize the difference in the blossoms until you compare their photographs!

You might enjoy this post from last February.

And these are the hosta that are blooming today.



'Diana Remembered'

'Sum and Substance'


unknown miniature hosta

View of the unknown miniature
'Gold Standard' getting ready to bloom

'Gold Standard' open

'Alligator Shoes'

unknown hosta

I have a folder into which I'm tucking all my hosta photos.

This is a rather Shady Subject! ;-)
So, find a little shady spot of your own to enjoy today.


Monica the Garden Faerie said...

It's always fun to look at any plant up close and notice something new!

Rosey Pollen said...

Yes, you are right, the Hosta flowers are very subtle, but pretty nonetheless!

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Monica, I don't believe I found any bugs to photograph yesterday... well, I did see one but didn't get it. ;-)

Rosey, I really like them. Esp. if you have a number of hosta, because there's always something blooming out there!

Sue said...

I like hosta blooms, too. Yours are sure pretty!

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Sue, Have you begun digging your plants? Or are you waiting until next Saturday when you'll have your little helper?? ;-)

Sue said...

We found out they are starting 5 blocks away, and will give us 24 hour notice. So far, my plan is to go down and see how they are doing the work, and how much they are going into yards, and then digging at the last minute, so I can just put the plants back when they are done. I don't think I'll have Grandson help. LOL

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I remember that post and honestly it made me look at hosta flowers in a whole new way. Instead of kind of ignoring them like I used to I've been noticing how pretty they are. They almost have the look of a lily.

Frances said...

Hi Shady, I love all of your hosta blooms! The hummingbirds here cannot get enough of these flowers, even though they are not red, it is the first choice of flowers for the little nectar seekers. We have the old cultivar Royal Standard, that has the most fragrant white blooms in August one could wish for. Yummy! :-)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I can't believe there are people out there that don't like hosta blooms. They are so pretty and the bees and hummers love them as much as I do. I have an old fashioned plain green leaved hosta that has the most fragrant blooms. Truly a plaintain lily. Great photo display of blooms and I am impressed you know what most of them are.

troutbirder said...

A shady subject from a shady lady! There are beautiful in a delicate way and don't get the attention they deserve.

Patsi 'Garden Endeavors' said...

Very cool post !!

I know the flowers are different but never really took a close look.
If you didn't say they were hosta flowers....not sure from the close-ups if I could tell you what plant they came from.
You're giving me ideas...
Should have taken some pics myself...most are looking sad now.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I like Hosta flowers, even the ones that aren't scented. You have a good selection of Hosta blooms. It's too bad they only last a day.

Northern Shade said...

The Hosta flowers do add their own beauty, suspended up above the leaves. I like the ones with the faint purple stripes.

Bill S. said...

Great pictures. I love the name of your post. Many people think their neighbors yard is more beautiful than theirs - until they view their own from their neighbors yard!!!!

Anonymous said...

I think Hosta flowers are one of those that are often overlooked. They are quite striking when you take the time to look at them. Thanks for sharing.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Catherine, I know you agree that it's fun to take the time to look closely at things we take for granted, sometimes. :-)

Frances, Last Thursday, three friends and I took a SE Iowa foray into a hosta grower/landscaper/nursery and had a wonderful time. There seem to be many more fragrant hostas these days. :-) 'Royal Standard' is indeed a reliable hosta.

Lisa, I understand questioning people that don't like hosta blossoms. Perhaps it's that there are so many varieties these days, that the blossoms are almost as varied as the plants themselves. At any rate, I learned about a fellow (3 or 4 years ago) that cuts all the flower scapes before they have a chance to bloom. We're all different... and that's a good thing. :-)

Hi Troutbirder. Are you busy planting hosta in your shady gardens?

Hi Patsi, There's always next year! I don't mean that as a flip comment... it's just that I always find myself telling myself that very same thing. :-) It's the nature of gardening, I think.

MMD, I've accumulated a good collection of hosta. I've been able to record almost all the names (!), which is not a small task - as you well know!

Northern, I know what you mean. I have trouble, however, picking favorites. The photo of Diana Remembered' doesn't do her justice. The buds are almost round balls before they open!

Bill, Thanks for your visit. You're right, but I always DO find something to admire in each of my neighbors' (and gardening friends') yards! :-)

Hi Chad and Brandy! I'm always happy when you visit. I think sometimes we take certain plants for granted, too.