While I’m sure it’s not the first mistake I’ve made in this project, this is the first one I’ve discovered.
I thought I was planting a short iris at the edge of the patio, but I think I’ve actually (mis)planted my Hosta ‘June.’
The iris and hosta were planted close to one another near one of the Osmanthus, and when I dug it up all I could see was its fuzzy little scalp crowning the large root ball. They look quite similar to me at this stage (dormant, crusty nothing). I haven’t yet come up with a satisfactory system for marking my plants–I like the metal markers fine, except that they sometimes come off their pins as I am raking leaves in the fall, and in the winter there’s not enough growth in the garden to keep the area from looking like a miniature graveyard full of little metal headstones.
‘June’ will roast if in fact it is where I think I’ve put it, but I am going to wait until it emerges before I move it again. In the meanwhile, I’ll take any suggestions you have for discreet, attractive plant markers.
That’s a beautiful hosta. I have given up on them because of deer but I think they are such nice plants.
Mine may not be very discreet but they are natural and of the area, and that is important to my garden work here. I want as much as possible for the gardens to feel “indigenous” to this place. I use smooth stones from the beach in front of the gardens here on the shores of Lake Michigan in USA. I write a number or letter on the stone and have a reference book where I write its description. Looks nice, stays clean, thought during the Winter I have dozens of numbers staring me back as I look out into the gardens – but that’s OK by me. Jack
That is such a beautiful hosta. I can see why you would want to protect it. The voles seem to prefer hostas, and so I have stopped adding them.
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