As you know we have been working hard over the last few weeks upgrading the enclosures for the Hostas at our Milverton site. So I have attached some before and after pictures to give you some idea. We originally had some enclosures on the ground with membrane on the ground and shade netting to protect the plants. We have been creating pallet tables to lift them off the ground and doubling our capacity for Hostas ready for the new arrivals coming over the next few months. An additional advantage of the tables is to allow the ducks to range underneath the Hostas looking for any tasty morcels that may snack on our plants.
Was waiting for some things to finish this morning, and noticed the dew drops on the leaves of the Hostas. You can almost feel the beginning of Autumn. Still potting on and splitting Hostas at the moment. Busy, busy.
Since the temperatures have reduced and the rainfall has increased the Hostas have perked up no end, so I thought I would put together some pictures to show you how several of them have improved. Before this weather break some of them were really suffering.
Here are 2 new photographs of a small cutting from the propagator. Originally this was a stem with some leaf of a Krossa Regal which had the tiniest bit of node at the end of it. Now you can see that the stem as died completely back and the resultant node has grown a new growth shoot. In the propagator it looked like a dead stem, once we removed the module low and behold a lovely new plantlet. This is now going back into the propagator for a few more days to strengthen up and then we will bring out and pot on.
Another one of the new arrivals is Praying Hands looks more like a clump of grass than the traditional Hosta with its glossy green twisted leaves on upright stems with a very narrow white border. This makes a very striking unusual sight when several are grouped together. Flower: Lavender Height: 100cm Spread: 120cm Position: Sun, Partial Shade
Thought I’d start introducing some of the new additions we have received. This is another nice little Hosta which looks great in person – Rock Island Line. It has started to settle down after we received them a week ago and potted them up. Hosta Rock Island Line is a tiny Hosta with sharp contrasting creamy white margin. Leaves are slightly shiny on the top, flat, ovate, rounded at base, with green stems. This is a great grower and is ideal for ground coverage or in pots. Flower: Lavender Height: 15 – 20cm Spread: 30 – 40cm Position: Partial Shade