Don't block the exits

Babka NorCal 9bMay 1, 2013

I can sympathize with Phil, as I also have a spouse that puts up with my affair with hostas for all these years. He knows the battle that would ensue if he ever suggested that perhaps we have too many for our small space. All he asks, is "Don't block the exits".

Here are some photos of our fam. room deck sliding doors, then up close right and left side. Plenty of room to get through there.

Then there is the atrium that is another exit off the master bathroom.

;-)

-Babka

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leafwatcher(zone 5)

I am sorry, but that is nothing short of beautiful !

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 10:04PM
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paul_in_mn(4b)

Gorgeous!!!!! I would stand in one place and just gaze.

Thanks for sharing.

Paul

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 10:08PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Thanks! I do just that...stand there and gaze every morning. Today they grabbed my attention and I had to take these photos. May is a good month here.

Soon, however I'll be drooling at pics from back east, when you peeps show your fabulous landscaping hostas, and woodland walks.

-Babka

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 10:23PM
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almosthooked

Very , Very VERY nice!

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 10:33PM
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newhostalady Z6 ON, Canada

Babka, your hostas are outstanding. I can see that they are very happy and that you are taking very good care of them. Lucky hostas!

My husband also doesn't understand the need for all the hostas I have and still want. And my kids just roll their eyes when I share some insight about hostas. My mom and sister can't understand what happened to me and why I like gardening so much. Oh well.

I found the picture below, but I don't know where I got it from. I think this could very well be me and my pots soon!

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 10:39PM
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hostafreak

Babka,i love your collection of hostas in pots,and they are arranged in a tasteful manner! I have only a few hostas in any kind of containers. Even so,they are also in my garden. I don't have the space on either of my decks,but even if I had,the squirrels and other critters in these woods would reek havoc in the pots! I'm afraid I am comitted to growing them in soil of the woods. Phil

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 9:12AM
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hostahosta

Babka: they are all beautiful. So many in pots.

I introduced my Mom to hosta last year (instantly a hostaholic) and she purchased about 30(maybe more) and put them all in pots. Seems like a lot of work to me to overwinter as she had to move them all into an unheated garage, water them, and will eventually need to up-pot them. Even so, I have started just a couple in containers. You can move them around and strategically place them, elevate them, etc to make the garden look grand.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 9:19AM
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jan_on zone 5b

Babka - spectacular - 'nuf said.
Jan

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 10:29AM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Babka sets the bar high for us other potheads.

To me, her garden reminds me of a Japanese bonsai display garden with a Zen feeling to it. Peaceful and beautiful. Plus the way she arranges the leaf patterns fits my esthetic also.

Always, inspirational when Babka shares her garden.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 10:34AM
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harryshoe zone6 eastern Pennsylvania

Fantastic! You are a grouping master. These combinations work perfectly together.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 10:40AM
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Jon

Very, very nice Babka, you tier them perfectly and have a great eye for texture, color and form. I am impressed and jealous of your head start.

Jon

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 1:14PM
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beverlymnz4

Babka I am inspired. I have a long term plan of creating two arrangements, one on either side of my front door. I'm inspired by your combinations. I have yet to perfect my overwintering technique. Once I have that down I'll be getting your advise on organization.

Beverly

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 4:25PM
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dgregory_so.cntrl.IL_zone6a

Beautiful photos Babka! This is just what I've been needing to see for pot arrangement ideas. Yours are something for me to aspire to.

Thanks,
Deb

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 5:00PM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

As usual, I love your photos. Thanks for sharing.

bk

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 5:34PM
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luckykat13

Holy cow. What do you use to fertilize them. They are gorgeous! I am not having luck with pots. Lost a few over winter. Others came back really small.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 5:42PM
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don_in_colorado

Wow!

Don B.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 5:44PM
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don_in_colorado

OK, Babka, I can't resist anymore, I'm going to get some Hosta to permanently showcase in pots for my deck. Enablers Inc., that's what we are! :)

Don B.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 7:30PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Babka here makes a lesson clear: pots give you a chance to change your mind.

And then, when you have it right, you leave it that way. That is not as hard on the hosta as it is on a bad back....moving until you like what you see takes muscles. But also, it avoids traumatizing beloved hosta with repeated moves.

That's what I like about containers! And that picture above with the WHITE potted deck, is a dream come true. My pots sure do not "match." I just match the hosta to the pot. Yes, I believe hosta need to be treated as individuals with NEEDS. :)

Then, Babka, I'm seeing the slogan becoming a runaway best-selling tee-shirt for spouses of all hostaholics:

''DON'T BLOCK THE EXITS"

Sheer genius with pictures of HOSTA everywhere on the shirt
Sold at AHS conventions and Hoarders Anonymous everywhere. .

As always, inspirational and beautiful.Thanks for the shots.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 9:27PM
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Gesila(MI Z5)

WOW!!!!

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 9:34PM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

babka, what is the hosta in the lower front center of the group on the right side of the family room door - the one with a blue center and light green edges. It kind of looks like OBL, but not. It's gorgeous. How old is it?

bk

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 6:06PM
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almosthooked

I just can't resist ! This is one of the arrangements that Myrle's sister has in her yard . This is one of the many arrangements she has and I am sure at least one exit is blocked by now.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 6:20PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Bkay- The blue with the lighter green edge is OBL. You know your stuff!
I got it in 2006, and probably should've divided it this year. It is packed into a 3 gal nursery pot and has already sent up 6 flower stalks (which I remove). I figured it would be getting smaller leaves this year because it is so crowded but those are still the size of dinner plates this year. I've made notes to divide it next Spring.

-Babka

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 9:32PM
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jadie88(7 MD)

Gasp! Beautiful...thanks for sharing. Like bkay, I was also struck by the OBL. What a striking display you have!

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 10:24PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Babka, the 4th picture down.
Is that Rhino Hide surrounded by some strippers--at least 3 members of the Striptease family? I think I see some white lines there.......

You know, I had Rhino Hide next to Gypsy Rose.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 12:46AM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Mocc- You have very good eyes. Yes, a 2011 Rhino Hide with strippers. Striptease (green), the blue version Kiwi Full Monty, and the newest one from last year, Snake Eyes, which has the thicker white line.

I don't know how you can ID so many when you are so new at this. How many do you have now...about quadrouple my 90? What in the world are you going to do when the get past the 3 gal size? Some can get 3-4 feet across by then, and although I like to scrunch them together, you can ony do that so much before you run out of room....or strength in your back from moving them around.

I guess the high we get from looking at those leaves balances the pain in our back from moving them around. ;-)

-Babka

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 1:48AM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Ouch, now I love the Snake Eyes.

But Babka, I've thought about what you say before now. I might end with wall to wall or fence to fence hosta. Just so long as I don't block the exits? (I really do think you should register that slogan, at the very least).

I do not have all the fragrant hosta yet, Babka. How can I stop now? The exercise does me good. The mental part of it, remembering names and where they are, keeps my mind in gear. And so does reading manuals for cameras and computers.

As time goes by, I'm sure there will be hosta unable to adjust to this climate. Those will gradually diminish and I won't replace them. We've had an unusually cool spring so far, and that leads to a more vigorous response to the warm days and cool nights--more like HOME to the hosta, I bet. If it had warmed up really early, and been hot right now, I think it would not be as awesome as now. Somehow most of the hosta got enough dormancy to respond very well this spring. Even the ones late in emerging from dormancy have more EYES than last year--well not quite true-- I did not see most of my hosta at the emerging stage, until this spring. They arrived here between February and October, all emerged and some even entering dormancy (those from Van Wade October order).

It will be interesting to work it out on the fly.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 2:37AM
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Janice

Amazingly gorgeous Babka! That first pic, outside your sliding doors makes me want to go up and hug them all!

Frankly, I think some hosta look their best in pots. When they are elevated you can take in the whole shape more readily! I like my biggun's standing higher yet!!

I love what you've done!!! Thank you so much for sharing your passion in pix for us!

janice/Hey_J

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 7:22AM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

It seems the hosta is the focus, very little awareness of there being a container anywhere. Which is ideal, IMHO.

Your use of the lifters which are adequate but unobtrusive is perfect, and makes good sense to me. Of course, your pots sit on wood decking and not out in the mulched garden like mine do. Part of my lifters sink into the mulch. And so I could use the 2x2 (actually 1.5 x 1.5 measurements) and when pots are clustered, they still manage to disappear. If it is a heavy pot, it tends to sink down more anyway.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 1:27PM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

Mocc, I've got my larger hosta all scrunched up to discourage Cleo from jumping over them (and knocking them over). I put little ones in the center. To get them up into a little light, I bought some 1/2 concrete blocks. They don't show with the larger hosta around them. I use all terra cotta colored pots, so if they showed, I could paint them terra cotta colored.

bk

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 2:39PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

I hear ya, BKay. Clustering is a good plan, like rounding up the wagon train!

There is one spot where I must leave a gap between pots, which is where the turtle comes under the wood fence. I like having him around. We had to block off most of the gap between the gate and the bricks of the courtyard, though, because Dolly the puppy was pushing her head through as far as possible, and caught her collar on something.

Folks are cutting down trees before hurricane season, and I've found lots of short lengths of the trunks intended for firewood, but not split up. Those make great pot stands too, look very natural.

I'm still seeing that slogan DON'T BLOCK THE EXITS as a great tee-shirt.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 3:09PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

how did i miss this post..

stupendous ... each and all

ken

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 10:48AM
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bragu_DSM 5

What's the big deal?
They're just hosta ... in pots.
Fab babe. Fab.
*wonders he could switch to pots to make room for more*
hmmm...

dave

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 10:24PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Hey, Bragu, nice to have another cold country poster among us.
Yeah, it seems there are more people potting em up these days. I think it makes more hosta space a possibility.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 10:33PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

bUMPING THIS back to the top for those who missed it the first time.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 11:22AM
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paula_b_gardener 5b_ON(5b)

Wow, wonderful arrangements and great line!

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 2:29PM
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