Wednesday, July 21, 2010

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday


Hosta rectifolia 'Fujibotan'

The foliage is ordinary - long and pointy, glossy, deep green, and slightly ruffled. The blooms however, are anything but ordinary. We look forward to seeing them every July.

17 comments:

  1. Love your header Linda! That is a beautiful hosta bloom. I know a lot of people cut off the blooms, but I can't bear to until they are done. Manytimes they will bloom again,

    Eileen

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  2. They make look ordinary, but the colour is so beautiful, a light shade of purple, very authentic indeed.
    ~bangchik

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  3. Wow, Linda, those are wonderful. I do like the flowers of hostas in general. I only have one Kuri fruit so far (another got black dots and fell off), but that's OK; I really only need one. :)

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  4. Forgot to say, like your new template design. :)

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  5. Okay, this one gets immediately on my whish list. The flower is very special. Thank you for showing us.
    Have a nice day
    Alex

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  6. Thank you Eileen. I too let the hostas bloom. I can't imagine cutting them off - many of them are so lovely, and the hummingbirds here seem to love all them, plain or fancy.

    Only the foliage is ordinary Bangchik, but with such beautiful blooms, who cares!

    I think so too Monica! My favorites are this double, and the white-blooming ones, especially those that are fragrant.

    It's still early - hopefully you'll get more than one kuri. I didn't grow them this year, but I have a feeling I'll be able to get a few from my Mom. Hers were so plentiful, and humongous last year!

    I hope you're able to find one Alex! I think you'd love it.

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  7. I enjoy hosta blooms, too, Linda, and these have to be the prettiest I've ever seen!

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  8. Good morning. I never really liked the blooms while they were on the plant but I love them as cut flowers. Beautiful photo.
    Marnie

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  9. Hey that looks nice! Love the pale purple shade. It's not ordinary to me.

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  10. Linda, love the header. What a capture! I like the blooms of hostas, too. But I don't have any as interesting as these. Wow!

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  11. Prettiest I've ever seen too Rose, unless 'Aphrodite' ever decides to bloom. Five, maybe six years here, and I'm still waiting for blooms. . .

    Hi Marnie, hmmm. . . I've never thought of them as cut flowers, and now I'm wondering. . . why not?! ;) Thanks for the good idea!


    Extra-ordinary Stephanie! I love them.

    Thank you Beckie - caught that shot during a lunch break between clients. I was happy to be here to see it. I didn't have the camera out there at first, and was glad the butterfly obliged and came back after I got the camera! It's amazing to me how tattered their wings can get, yet they still keep flying, enjoying life, and sipping nectar.

    I SO look forward to Fujibotan's blooms, and so do our hummingbirds.

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  12. Hosta blooms are too often underrated. Thanks for sharing these! PS-love your header!!

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  13. Oh my goodness. That's a pretty bloom. Send some of those hummers my way, I have blooms specifically for them but no sign of them.

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  14. I agree Rose! Thank you!

    I think so too MBT. The hummers seem to be scarce here too this year. I've only spotted one a few times.

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  15. I'm one of those who cuts off the wimpy hosta flowers, but I think these would be worth keeping around!

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  16. Oh my goodness, this is a beautiful bloom! I have a few hosta blooms that are pretty - and fragrant - but most, I cut off before they get too far along. LOVE this one!

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  17. Hi JGH, they're definitely worth keeping around!

    I love them Kylee. We've had a lot of bugs in the garden, and something was all the flower scapes of this hosta as they were rising. I was afraid it wouldn't bloom. Some of the buds were eaten, but thankfully, it's still blooming very nicely.

    I like all the hosta blooms when they first get started. After a week or ten days though, most of them start looking pretty bad, and when they do, it's off with their heads! Like you we have a few though, that are pretty and fragrant. Those are allowed to bloom themselves out.

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