IN THE FIELD: Late Bloomers

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A few weeks ago I was walking up an embankment by a creek’s edge heading for the shade provided by a stand of maple trees. It was cool by the creek, but once I got away from the water I needed relief from the hot sun. In the shade of the old trees was a rather sizable grouping of Hosta plants. I have no idea which variety they are, but the leaves were some of the largest Hosta leaves I have ever seen. Not only was it nice and cool under the trees, but it sure was a pleasant surprise to see these plants blooming this late in the summer.

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  1. September 5, 2013 at 10:38 am | #1

    How beautiful they are… Thank you dear David, love, nia

    • September 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm | #2

      Yes they are, and different varieties of flowers range in color from white to lavender to purple.

  2. September 5, 2013 at 10:53 am | #3

    My hostas came, got fried by the heat, and now are crunchy looking. This is a great find!

    • September 5, 2013 at 1:39 pm | #4

      Crunchy…that’s a great description! They haven’t reached that stage yet around here. Although I have seen some leaves of shrubs and poison ivy starting to change color.

  3. September 5, 2013 at 11:08 am | #5

    Beautiful, David! It’s nice to see the hostas are still in full bloom. Most of the ones around my neighborhood are done blooming and their leaves are being painfully consumed by slugs!

    • September 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm | #6

      I haven’t seen many others blooming in folks gardens unless they are in really deep shade…and even then I’ve only seen a few. Slugs…hostas are a gourmet salad for those buggers!

      • September 5, 2013 at 1:46 pm | #7

        Ugh! I hate those little slugs, I had a really nice rose bush before we moved, and they feast on the leaves and leave the poor plant with nothing but skeletons!

  4. September 6, 2013 at 12:28 am | #8

    What a lovely flower on this plant!

    • September 7, 2013 at 12:54 pm | #9

      They are quite pretty and are often overlooked. I like how they appear in various colors from white to dark purple.

  5. September 6, 2013 at 1:24 pm | #10

    I love hostas, but they are mostly appreciated for their leaves. Lovely to see such a great pic of their flowers!

    • September 7, 2013 at 12:57 pm | #11

      How true and some varieties have insignificant flowers and others are a bit more bold. I like how they emphasize the coolness of a shady spot.

  6. September 11, 2013 at 5:58 am | #12

    This is so beautiful. :)

    • September 11, 2013 at 11:23 am | #13

      Thanks Nandini, most folks plant Hostas for the foliage and often overlook the flowers. I think they are quite pretty and range in color from white to lavender to purple.

  7. September 16, 2013 at 6:48 pm | #14

    Beautiful!!

    • September 17, 2013 at 9:00 am | #15

      I find Hosta plants and blooms quite interesting…from the different leaf colors and shapes to the varied flowers.

  8. September 18, 2013 at 8:50 am | #16

    it’s like a post card! Such a lush green colour

    • September 18, 2013 at 10:02 am | #17

      I really like Hostas…especially when planted in mass under the canopy of trees.

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