i'm just over it.

Thistle and Maize(Zone 5a- Eastern IA)August 9, 2014

So sick of undulatas or whatever these are. They don't interest me and they look awful by mid summer especially since losing a tree that covered most of the front yard. This spot doesn't even get a lot of or intense light so it's frustrating how ratty everything looks. These were put in by the previous owners, so that was 10+ years I spent all morning digging up. Took out some kind of generic green as well. All were clumps over 4 feet wide. So I was able to space out some sun powers and now my hibiscus aren't overpowered by burnt hostas.

My wheelbarrow is overflowing and I'm giving it away to some people from a local garden swap. This kind of freed something in me and now I'm ready to tackle the other huge undulata clumps and get rid of them as well. They also lost their shade and look cruddy by mid July.

Just in time for another Naylor order to arrive and some new beauties to add. ;). Next week I'll add Seducer, Moon Dance, and Olive Bailey Langdon (also SO OVER the burnt edges of my Frances Williams's).

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Thistle, you are truly turning over some new leaves in your garden. It must feel very liberating.

Free at last! Free at Last!
Good luck in realizing your garden reno ambitions.
If you have sun, there are some fragrants which step into the difficult spots (with adequate water) and will turn a bright light golden green in the heat. Not heavy substance as I'm sure you are aware, but they will be full of grace in the heat.

With Sun Power you are on the right track I think. Glad the yeomen undulata hosta are being offered to others, they can still serve useful purposes.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 3:14PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Congratulations on becoming a hosta connoisseur. That's a LOT of digging and lifting. You must have a strong back. Seducer is new for me this year and has already seduced me. I've had OBL for many years and when I had to divide her (she got too big for her pot) I couldn't bear to give away any of the divisions.


    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 3:17PM
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Purging is such a good feeling! Have fun with it!!

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 5:54PM
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CEFreeman(DC/MD Burbs 7B)

Every so often I get the bug and get rid of an entire collection of something. One year it was 12 different varieties of ornamental grasses. Hate 'em when they reseed everywhere. One year it was every crape myrtle, no matter the size, that wasn't red or an eggplant purple. Can't stand pink and they're still reseeding all over. Once it was (and is still) every ditch lily I planted because my now-ex-DH liked them. Got rid of him, now I'm working on those spreading lilies. Then, I got rid of shrubs. I only had experimented with a few, and I'll be darned if this last winter didn't destroy them.

Then I got rid of everything that didn't have a label. Hosta, heuchera, Japanese maples, kniphophia, etc.

This year it's hellebores. Every single one of them that isn't a deep purple. I'm actually going to plant them on my roadside in hopes they'll choke out those @!@$!@** ditch lilies. A gudzillion 'Invincibles' are going to join them on the hill.

I, too, am purging and giving plants away on Freecycle. It's wonderful to see those stinkers go to good homes. :) I, too, am creating beds where I can put some of my beloved, interesting and beautiful hosta. Among other things!

Great job. I look forward to seeing your new and improved beds!

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 11:35PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

CEF- YES! You are speaking "gardeners speak". There is always something that is beconing. That is why we spend so much time outside. It wouldn't be fun if we didn't have something fresh and new every year.


    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 11:58PM
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Undulata yadda-yadda. I don't blame you. It's your garden; if you don't like it, make it gone!!!

Don B.

This post was edited by Don_in_Colorado on Sun, Aug 10, 14 at 2:25

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 2:24AM
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CEFreeman(DC/MD Burbs 7B)

I had to laugh. I was out putting down wood chips and I remembered another give away:

In November I gave away almost all my furniture. My SIL came with a U-Haul and 3 men to take it away. Right down to my kitchen cabinets.

I decided if I didn't love it, I wasn't going to keep things anymore because they're too good to throw away.

This week I have Freecycle people coming to dig out plants. Thinning again there, too.

You're an inspiration!

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 10:24PM
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sherrygirl zone5

I got the "bug " this season too. Removed hosta seedlings this year, tired of looking at the same old, same old. Bought four new ones to add to my ten or so new ones i planted last fall. Had a hard tome getting rid of those seedlings in the past! Also have a bunch of daylilies. Got rid of most of my stella doros and have an eye on those Happy Returns that arent returning. Planted a vinch of new really cool daylilies. Moved some shrubs to make them and me happier. God, i am pooped, but much happier with the results. Should have done this years ago!


    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 10:41PM
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hosta_freak(z6 NC)

For what it's worth department;Undulatas will thrive in full sun with no shade whatsoever. One of our rest areas here in western NC has them planted there,and they are huge! Everyone should have a few of them. Phil

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 10:29AM
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Thistle and Maize(Zone 5a- Eastern IA)

Oh yes - daylilies! The week before I ripped out all those hostas, I was one tier down on the same bed (it's a two-tiered bed that turns into a 4-foot retaining wall) ripping out every orange "ditch lily" the previous owners had also planted. They didn't belong in such a structured spot. The flower stems would get so long they'd bend over and lay across the steps and all the leaves just looked messy.
I spent a whole day tearing those out. I tried to give them away but no takers, so off into our "yardy bins" they went and the city took them away. That was a LOT of work and I could tell by all the root bits left behind I may be digging those up for years to come. They started to grow everywhere, even places where there was no dirt. Frustrating.

In place of the ditch lilies, I uncovered 2 hosta I didn't even know where growing under that jungle! I'm not sure what they are - could be gold standard and blue cadet. Kind of small for a gold standard, but they were hidden and competing with all those lilies. Time will tell.
And I had room to plant two new Liberty and a nice June.
There's even more to tackle in that upper tier - a whole half of the bed is still crammed full of blue cadet and a tiara (I think it's golden tiara) that are just smooshed in together. Part of of the poor tiara is growing out from under the blues. I'll have to do some major thinning. Maybe when I rip out some other undulatas from a hillside I can transplant some of the blues and the tiaras to those spots. Those old undulatas get massive - over 4 feet across each and I have SIX of them to remove. Better do it while my back is still strong. :)

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 12:09PM
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