Currants ahoy

When we took over our site at Milverton, there had originally been a cottage built in the 18th Century, and lived in up until 1960. Since then it has fallen into disrepair, and the site left to go. We took over the site in February 2019 and one of the things we discovered was a old neglected currant bush. We weren’t sure what type it was, but felt it was more probably a red currant, but we would have to wait and see. The bush had not seen sun for decades, we have been clearing and improving the site, and this year it has finally produced currants and they are Red. Its kind of a miracle especially with the weather we have had this year our other currant bushes are about a month to 6 weeks behind where they would normally be.

Finally got to Milverton with Ducks

Well finally managed to get our ducks to our Milverton site. For one thing or another this year Covid, Bird Flu, lockdowns, family bereavement, you name it. So finally we got our hosta helping ducks out there. They worked really hard and went over all the ground looking for slugs and snails. They also cleared any pots that were presented to them. The Hostas are coming along well too!

Repotting the Minis

In the process of repotting about 200 miniature hostas after a problem with the top dressing. Lost a few, but here are the first batch of about 40. Lakeside Ninita, Quilting Bee, Dixie Chick and Royalty.

Additional Stuff

Janet has insisted that I show people some of the other things we have been doing with Hostas. I have been making some prints of Hosta leaves and framing them, so here are a few up on the wall. We have also been renting some of our Hostas for somebody who is selling their house and had a small sheltered bed to fill.

Some Mice

Just thought I’d put some Mice together!

A brilliant recommendation

We received an absolutely brilliant recommendation from one of our customers:

Dear Mike
I was delighted at your recommendation of hosta varieties for my garden and I attach a couple of pictures to show our planting scheme.
One. The location was a new paving edge where we now have 3 different Hosta species displaying interesting characteristics and they make such a positive statement to what was otherwise a boring edge. We have additionally found some beautiful stones to add visual interest along with a redundant chimney pot.
Straight after planting we can see that is has great impact.
Two. The secret corner in our garden shows two established hostas from you along with 3 new ones which will become our Hosta garden. Once again we were guided by you not to be tempted to put them in a straight line and to vary the leaf patterns for maximum effect. It will soon become a very showy section at a cost which didn’t break the bank.

Empress Wu Comparison

I thought I would show what difference a year makes. These are all Empress Wu Hostas. The one on the far left is almost a year old, the middle is 2 years old and the one on the far right is 3 years old.