We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Taking a little break from fall planting. Last chance to do some lawn reseeding and to transplant, and to plant the last shipment of perennials hereabouts. I had to make a new small perennial border, under orders. Many bags of cow manure and peat moss from Home Depot, along with compost, to happify the lousy glacial soil we have here.
Simple pleasures. I like digging in the dirt, and I believe in digging and enriching 18" for new perennial plantings. You can only do it once.
Mostly rare Hostas, of course. Mrs. BD is an afficianado. Photo is "Dance with Me." Nice enough Hosta, but you have to get into it to fully appreciate. To get a clue, try Hosta Library.
Do me a favor: never plant Hostas in the sun. Terrible thing to do. And always en masse, or they will offend my delicate gardening sensibilities.
I also love hostas! I work for a landscape design and build company and after getting quite a lot of guff about loving these "old fashioned, boring and predictable" plants, I have finally gotten the designers to recognize how beautiful, varied and bullet proof these babies are. The links you have shared have helped my cause...thank you! I just send your posts onward to the staff.
Landscape design goes through many trends, but it is these backbone plants that stand the test of time and continue to be loved by generations.
one of the best things about where I live....very dry. Not many moist-creature problems or mildew. About 15% humidity and seems like 360 days of sunshine....wonderful for gardening! Have really crappy soil however....clay. Good for pottery. Like BD, lots of soil amendments. Done the thing with salt on the slugs? Kinda juvenile and gross, but when your garden is crawling with them....
Slugs love beer. Put a pie plate out or half bury a can in the midst of your hostas and put some beer in it. The slugs can't resist the temptation to drown themselves in their sorrows. Plus it only takes half a beer and you can drink the rest.
I love hosta as well, except we have herds of marauding deer who similarly find it acceptable. To their taste buds. They've eaten mine to the ground so often that half of them won't come up anymore - including a rare Blue Blush. Difficult to get in New England and cost me quite a bit when I did find one. The deer destroyed it in 2 seasons. That and my Day Lilies, which haven't actually seen any daylight in 5 years.
I've just about given up on gardening.
Kris, in New England