Marilyn Monroe...a late season bloomer

josephines123 z5 ON CanadaSeptember 19, 2013

Could not resist sharing the beauty of a late-blooming beautiful hosta with stunning flowers.

The scapes are a pale lavender and lead up to the same colour- tinted bud....each flower bud is encased in its own lavender-edged, streaked cream leaf. The petioles are light green speckled with red now but in the spring, during the unfurling process of growth, the petioles are a gorgeous lavender colour...a promise of colour at bloom time!

This is truly a beautiful hosta to enjoy...from emergence right through the growing season. She still looks great...you'd never know its the middle of September!

Mine is only a year old. i started taking photos while it was overcast this morning and then the sun abruptly poked through...too bright, sorry.

Please enjoy or feel free to post your Marilyn Monroe. I would love to see more mature MM simply for the wow factor of more blooms! for starters, I recall Hostahillbilly has one! :-)

Enjoy! :-)

Jo

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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

Encased flower buds

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 1:21PM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

So pretty

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 1:23PM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

Sunlight illuminating from behind

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 1:27PM
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hostahillbilly(4)

Marilyn is still just teasing here today

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 2:28PM
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newhostalady Z6 ON, Canada

I just got my Marilyn Monroe a couple of weeks ago. Can't wait to see it mature with more ruffle like both of yours. Here's mine:

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 8:55PM
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newhostalady Z6 ON, Canada

And a leaf shot.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 8:57PM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

HH...how old is yours now? It looks l a r g e! And very lovely.

NHL..after I posted I remembered you, too, had just acquired MM....you will LOVE it.....yours is brighter in colour and looks like it got more sun than ours, but the colour is just gorgeous against those flower buds!

I've uprooted a few more hosta today...here's a pic of 'just Marilyn'.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 9:59PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Here it is in July this year. I love the plant. The way your flower heads look like chevrons stands out with all her ruffled edges. Sort of reminds me of the picture of the real Marilyn standing over the air blast in New York City way back when the movie Seven Year Itch came out. This plant evokes that image.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2013 at 2:01PM
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plantbug

josephines67, I got MM as a bonus plant this year and looks like I will be enjoying those beautiful blooms. plantbug

    Bookmark   September 21, 2013 at 6:42PM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

Moc..share your sentiment... .your MM also has taken on a golden note and looks demure among her companions...loved Marilyn Monroe (NJBaker), love the hosta named after her...I went to an Art Exhibit last year that featured the fabulous Marilyn. It was an exceptional experience. A month later, I bought the hosta.

I'm so glad you have one Plantbug...there's no mistaking MM - I think she is one of a kind...did you happen to admire the white underside? It'll be more apparent next year. :-)

    Bookmark   September 21, 2013 at 7:31PM
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hostahillbilly(4)

Jo,

sorry I'm so slow in answering just been very busy canning

our Marilyn is now 4 years old and not that much bigger than yours

this afternoon there were a few flowers open up the bottom of the scape but hiding down in
the leaves

hh

    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 6:52PM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

HH...not a problem at all..thank you for the thought...and good that you took a wee break! It's a lot of work, canning...but in the middle of winter you and yours will be the lucky ones enjoying the fruits of your labor. ..YUM!

My MM opened only two flowers yesterday for the first time, but even with the warm weather and sunshine we are having, they sure are slowwww to open...waiting to see if they all do. If they don't, it's alright...the buds are so stunning on their own. Looking forward to next year to see how much growth my 2-yr. old takes on.

Happy canning, HH! :-)

Jo.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 7:43PM
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