Several years ago I bought a "Jurassic Park" hosta and was a little discouraged by what I received and how it progressed (http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/868583/), but by this spring (it's 3rd year in my garden), it had started to grow, so I moved it to a new location, to see if I could boost it's growth. I decided I'd devote this area of my garden to large plants, since I already had some sizable "Sum and Substance" hostas established.
Here's how the area looks today/
Not to stray too far from your beautiful hostas, but I ordered some Muscari, Crocus, and Narcissus bulbs from Van Bourgondien after seeing you post about using them awhile back. I hope to have a very pretty low maintenance bed next spring =)
I've ordered bulbs and plant material from VanBourgondien for almost 20 years. Generally, I'm happy with both the quality and prices they offer. I buy for myself and a friend, so the combined order qualifies for their wholesale prices.
Haha! You learn something new every day!!! Now I'm looking.g at your zone redwood and it's not too different from mine. I think I'll have to try this plant out. Not a fan of overwintering bulbs but i may change my mind here.
Outlaw, overwintering bulbs and plants is all a part of gardening in the Midwest. In the fall I dig my banana trees, colocasia and alocasia bulbs and bring them in to 'sleep' for the winter in a dark room in my basement. I also bring in the tropicals - brugmansia, bouganvillea, hibiscus and angel wing begonias to hibernate by the windows in the basement.
In the spring, they go outside and I dig up tulips to dry, sort and store in the basement for the summer - I guess you'd say I use my basement storeroom as my 'off season' garden. LOL.
Here's a pic of some of my bananas from last year (so far this year none of my trees have put out bloom spikes).
Oooops! I keep forgetting DG doesn't take the vertical pix from my files - sorry, I'm laying on my side.
I like all types of plants/flowers. I guess you might describe my style as similar to the Victorians, who worked to stretch the season and expand the climate zones. That's why you see palm trees in gardens in the Lake Como region of Italy, very close to the Swiss border.
I like to have 'different' plants and combinations that you would expect in Kansas.
Leawood you'd love my mom who has a dwarf Grapefruit, Meyer lemon, or maybe that one died? A kumquat, and... Oh.. I can't remember. Maybe a key lime? right in Syracuse ny! We won the cny "snow globe" last winter for most accumulation. She is a school teacher and takes them there for fall. I just shake my head. god love her, no fruit yet, but she likes em anyway.and the kids do too. I'll show her the banana picture so she can want a banana tree for Christmas! :)
My banana trees each put out several 'pups' in the summer. When I dig them in the fall, I end up with 3-4 times as many trees as I planted, so each year I give away several. If you think your mom would like one, I'll be happy to send it your way
That's ok, I have learned to tilt to the right. Beautiful, I was going to order some tulips from the co-op. I want pink but don't know the name of any pink ones. Figured I would scroll the PlantFiles and write down the pink ones and hopefully find one of them on the list. I want a mass planting like yours.
"Pink Impression" is a lovely Darwin tulip that is late season - large waxy blooms on tall stems - I love it.
Another favorite is "Menton" - also a late season bloomer.
Its not really pink, but dark rose with orange flames, but "Princess Irene" is a favorite of mine. I have used it in my urns (forced in plastic pots in the ground over the winter, then placed in the urns in the spring) in the past and like it for its shorter stems and mid-season blooms - perfect for containers.
That's amazing, I went to Yahoo coop and looked at the pictures that Frank posted and my favourite was' Pink Impression'. But they cancelled the offer or something. I was so mad. But I do want the early bloomers, I must get this over with before my husband breaks out the lawn mower! I had some red tulips this past year, I got them on sale at Walmart and then I left them in the pot too long and they rotted. :*( Anyway I like your urn looks a bit bigger than mine, but mine broke. Hopefully I will find a big pot before next spring. ' Princess Irene ' is what's in the picture? Nice, I will have to check on that one! If nothing else they do have 'Christmas Dream ' for .35cent a piece and I think they are very lovely.
Here's the latest pic of my colocasia 'Giganteum Thailand' - We had a severe thunderstorm and high winds on Friday that knocked most of the walnuts off the tree that shades this garden. Some of the leaves got broken in the hail of walnuts.
Well, you're still smiling, and your plants are still standing! I'm glad you didn't have more damage from the storm. We had a bunch of downbursts in our area Saturday with lots of broken tree limbs, downed trees, and power outages through Sunday. Surprisingly, there was no damage at our house.
I actually had a lots of limbs down in Friday night's storm, including a limb from the walnut tree that was laden with nuts. Fortunately, it fell into the street, not on top of my plants. I also had a large limb from an oak tree that fell in the yard, missing the house and hedges. Several of my topiary plants (hibiscus and bougainvillea) blew over, but no broken pots this time.
The bougainvillea in the concrete pot tore loose from its stake and was bent over, touching the ground. Fortunately, it didn't snap the stem.
omg Leawood looks like you are lucky to be saving her!
Maybe you need to hide it from the wind for a bit. We too have had some really good winds lately and my pots have taken a tumble and with luck nothing has broken either.
Beautiful gardens, Leawood. I've tried 'Elephant Ears' in my little pond on the deck. They get nowhere as big as yours. I guess it's the variety. I've overwintered mine inside in vases filled with water. I had no idea they could be stored dry. Does your basement have to have cold storage in order for it to be effective? BTW, what are the plants on either side of your Bougainvillea?
I just store the elephant ears dry, at room temperature (which is about 60-65 degrees in my basement in the winter). This is the first year I've had the colocasia 'Gigantea Thailand', but I assume I'll be able to handle it just like the more common varieties - wait for frost, then dig the bulb, cut off the leaves and wash it and place it in a cool, dark spot in the basement.
The vines in the urns are mandevilla. I like the waxy leaf and white bloom of this variety ('Sunmadeho'); I've also had the more common pink variety and a beautiful, deep, velvety red variety in the past. They are tropical, but I don't try to bring them in for the winter (no room!). I just start fresh each spring.
Ooops. I keep forgetting DG won't take my vertical photos. Sorry.
Frost did in the tender tropicals last week, so I spent the weekend digging banana trees and elephant ears to store in the basement over the winter. Here's the what I got from the two huge colocasia "Gigantea Thailand" and the smaller black elephant ears.
Empress Wu has to be the fastest growing hosta I have ever grown. This will be the third full year I have had mine. I am also in zone 5b. Last year my Wu was up to 36' tall and 48" wide. It started out looking like a second year tissue culture. This year it is already at 52" wide and it is still early.
It has taken over 10 years for my giant Samual Blue (on the left) to get up to 36" tall and 84" wide. I had bought Empress Wu to be a giant green hosta since I have S&S on the other end. My Wu is blue. That is Paradigm between them.
I actually have a very difficult area where all of my hosta grow. My shade is from two very big Silver Maples so the top 16" of soil is solid tree roots. I compensate by watering heavily starting as the hosta break the ground until they go dormant. I have never been able to amend or till the soil here. It takes a hatchet and pruners just to dig a hole big enough to plant in.
With the way that you take care of your beautiful gardens I am sure that your Wu will grow faster than mine has. Whoever had a slow growing Wu must have had other things going on that retarded the growth. Everyone I have spoken with has had theirs grow like mine is.
Great! Well, I gave her a place of honor - center stage in my 'giants' bed. It's under a walnut tree, but I don't have a lot of interference from roots. The soil was all brought in in 2006, after construction in the creek behind my house (this area was their access ramp to the creek, so bulldozers and dump trucks drove in and out for a few months. They removed the rich, black topsoil in my yard to build the ramp into the creek and, when they replaced it, they brought in clay and gravel - soil filled with broken concrete and asphalt - they thought they were going to lay sod on top and take off.
I knew I was going to build a garden, so I told them to keep the sod. Every time I pushed a shovel into the dirt, I hit rocks or asphalt, so each time I planted something, I dug a huge hole and filled in around the plant with composted horse manure. Each fall I have my lawn guys grind up the leaves from the many oak trees in my yard and spread them in this bed, then I top it off with a layer of horse manure. Slowly, I'm building a bed of workable soil for things to grow in, but it's taken 5 years. when I dug the hole for 'Wu', I filled it with horse manure. I'm anxious to see how she grows!
I got mine in 2008 and it was a small plant. I'm happy with it's growth in 4 years, but I do have to move it to a different spot. It keeps getting frost and wind damage. The leaves are so big that the wind just whips them until there's damage :-(
Yesterday I planted two additions to my 'Giants' garden. Both hosta varieties were acquired last year as tiny plugs, over-wintered in 4" pots and are now small starts. Let's hope they perform according to their descriptors:
'Komodo Dragon' (first pic) got an open space on the east side of the bed. It will surely be overshadowed by the nearby colocasia 'Giganteum Thailand' (just emerging, in pic two), but perhaps it will benefit from the shade as it gets started in this bed. When 'the Dragon' is big enough, the colocasia can go somewhere else.
'Great Expectations' has a place of honor in the front row because it's billed as a 'slow grower' - let's hope it fulfills MY expectations in my lifetime!
Komodo Dragon is a fast grower. I got a mature division a couple years ago and it is already almost 4' wide, The scapes on it last year would be 5' tall if they weren't so top heavy and bend over.
Great Expectations is one of the slowest there is. Getting that one as a liner isn't the way to go for this one. You will be waiting a decade at least and then only see minimal growth. GE is best bought as multiple eyes in a pot and plant 4-5 of them together as a single clump. It also needs a lot of sun. The only other hosta I know that are as slow are Thunderbolt and Dream Queen.
Thunderbolt has really not been that slow for me. I planted it in 2006 and it's pretty impressive this year at 17 eyes. The last two years it added four new eyes each season. It was not tiny when I planted it, though. It probably had two eyes, but they weren't like "baby" eyes.
The slowest one in my garden, hands down, has been "My Cup of Tea". Oh, and Big Daddy, but that one is probably my fault because I forget to give it extra water.
Very little direct sun. Most of my garden is in what I call bright shade or dappled sun. I wouldn't say Thunderbolt gets a lot of water, either...just kinda average. There is even a tree near it so it has root competition from that.
Virginiarose, my Rhino Hide wasn't slug resistant last summer at all whereas my small Thunderbolt was left untouched. If I were you I'd go with Thunderbolt but buy the largest you can get. I may buy two more T to add to the clump; I'm with Leawood..don't want to wait forever to see a mature T in my garden.
I had to show you this...I asked Rod Lysne if I could have some seeds from Jurassic Park to try winter sowing 4 or 5 years ago. I put this in a bed that kind of gets neglected and just saw it today! Had to take a picture of it. I'm hoping that it's not still in a pot, or I may have a problem getting it out of there.
I just found a large hosta called "Gentle Giant" - it was introduced by Sebright Gardens in Oregon (http://www.sebrightgardens.com/) and sounds wonderful - upright, blue, sun tolerant and a vigorous grower - just what I want in my 'Giants' Garden! I ordered one today.
I got mine from New Hampshire Hosta, it was just a plug. It's doing well though. I also bought three 'Twist of Lime' from Countryboys and put all three in the same pot, now they all have blooms! Also got Teeny Weeny bikini, sweet little mini. :)
My "Gentle Giant" arrived today and I could not b e more impressed! It was packed carefully, in a 3' long ExpressMail triangular box and completely filled the box! Inside the box I found a perfect, two-eye specimen (their 'sample size') with lots of roots!
I let it soak for an hour in a 'welcome cocktail' of MiracleGro and then found a spot for it in my 'Giants' garden. I have a feeling I'll be moving it next year, to a better location, but for now, it should be happy.
August 7 - After a month of 100+ degree days, the garden has suffered. It seems like I water constantly, yet there is always something 'drooping'. I watered in my 'giants' bed over the weekend, but today things look dry so I'm setting hoses out to water now. Before watering, I took a look at the 'Giganteum Thailand' colocasia - I think it's bigger this year. The bloom spikes are almost ready to open.
I have two of these - one on each side of the bed. The walnut tree is starting to drop walnuts, so the leaves will probably look like lace soon.
I thank you for posting the flowers. there is one in front of one of DH doctors office and I was tempted to dig one of the babies!! the garden is being maintained by Mexicans. I noticed that the stalks has bluish hue. Is yours that color. Mine is medium green.
It's the end of he season and frost in the last few days has turned many of my tender plants to dust, but, so far, the colocasia in the giants garden have been spared. On Saturday I plan to cut them down and dig the bulb to save for next year, so I decided to take one last photo before they are gone for the season.
The sleeping 'giants' are awake now, and starting to stretch and grow. We've had over ten inches of rain in the last two weeks (according to my unofficial rain gauge), cool days and almost chilly nights. The hostas love it! Things will start to warm up now and everything will grow like crazy.
Summer's here and my 'giants' are growing like crazy. I think I'm going to need to do some dividing, separating or expand the garden so there's room for everything.
I planted a couple 'Jack's Giant' colocasia in the bed (the big leaf in the upper right). I had them in urns in my garden last year, but the sun was too much for them. I hope they do better here. This one is overshadowing the 'Bressingham Blue' hostas and something may need to be moved.
'Empress Wu' is starting to grow and overshadow 'Great Expectations' so I guess it needs to find a new space.
"Frances Williams' was in another location, but got too much sun, so I moved it here and it seems much happier.
My 'Gigantium Thailand' colocasia are in the very back of the bed. They are just starting to poke up above the hostas.
'Jurassic Park' is now enormous, but seems dwarfed by all of the surrounding plants. 'Komodo Dragon' is holding its own beside the holly tree, next to the fence.