Return to the Hosta Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Feeling poetic?

Posted by Jan.ON 5b/6 (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 10, 13 at 11:06

Hostas have interesting names.
It's an important part of their charm.
And this urge to want to collect them
Is beginning to cause me alarm.

There are more than 8000 to choose from
But our house has a rather small yard,
And trying to limit my wish list
Is becoming increasingly hard.

There's 'Elegans' 'Liberty' 'Janet'
'Great Expectations' and 'June'
'Kiwi Full Monty' and 'Bridegroom'
And don't forget 'August Moon.

OK Your turn..............

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Feeling poetic?

Their leaves are a wonder
Their size to behold
I wonder how many
Are sports of Rheingold?

With so much beauty
Displayed in many ways
How can you look at just one
When you can shop for days
And days and days!

Then there's the mices
So cute and so tough
I love them to pieces
And that's not enough!

There's Whirlwind and Sagae
Krossa Regal too
These are so popular
I have them... do you?

RE: Feeling poetic?

an homage to wagner.. see link.. substitute words:

KILL!! the maple.. kill the maple...

sorry.. skipped poetry .. and went straight to opera.. sorta.. lol ..


copy and paste the extra link ....

Here is a link that might be useful: copy/paste this one too:

RE: Feeling poetic?

I once got the hosta 'Nantucket'
delivered to me in a bucket.
Forgotten, in time
it then turned to slime
and all I could do was just chuck it.


RE: Feeling poetic?

Hosta have been around for a LONG time ...

so here's the world's shortest poem

Adam had 'em


RE: Feeling poetic?

Hosta Haiku
Shhhhh, fog whispers
Ahhhhh, hosta sighs

RE: Feeling poetic?

Well, my attempts at poetry have been few and far between and usually meant for fun goes.

Ode To The PIP

In Spring they seem to know

Through frozen earth and blanket snow

They feel the change in sunny rays

Burning fuel ere they have saved

Their roots hold tight on Earth's sweet breast

While hoars of frost they do their best

When ready yet, and not before

To our delight their fronds will soar


aka 'Bard of the Hosta Patch'

RE: Feeling poetic?


Yes, I suppose Adam had one...maybe Forbidden Fruit? LOL

RE: Feeling poetic?

Do I love hostas?
You bet I do!
I ripped out all my bushes
And planted them there, too!

My apologies,
Don B.

RE: Feeling poetic?

  • Posted by Babka 9b NorCal (My Page) on
    Wed, Dec 18, 13 at 23:31

Where, oh where is Bevie Schmidt (HH's wife) who wrote poems for the "Hosta Magazine" a publication from Len Phillips (of Hosta Finder fame) many years ago, like 2001-2002. She was a regular, talented, contributor.

Also I noticed when going thru those old publications recently, that our own "IdiotHe" aka Jim Hartmann was a contributor.

-Babka (not a very good all)

RE: Feeling poetic?

  • Posted by Ludisia 7a Philadelphia (My Page) on
    Wed, Dec 18, 13 at 23:35

What an absolutely delicious post of wordsmithing. I LOVE IT !!!

Shock me Shock me, the ever long-winded Ludi is rather poor at the construction of rhymed poetry, so I must respectfully decline. I am more comfortable with conversational/instructional writing (the epitome of a forum).

But these were all so much fun to read !!!

Thank you everyone ! I enjoyed thoroughly. :)


RE: Feeling poetic?

You win.

RE: Feeling poetic?

A hosta by any other name
Would still have its claim to fame,
For if the world was bare of them
Wouldn't it be an awful shame?

RE: Feeling poetic?

I'm loving all the creativity here. It's keeping us entertained until alphabet time! Keep the lines coming....

RE: Feeling poetic?

This is too fun to pass up ! hahaha

I yearned to buy the best
The ones of old time lore
Squeezed in so many favorites...
There are only 10,000 more...

Some here are in the mountains,
or Deep in Hobbit holes
they're growing in pots on stairs
But we all hate slugs and Voles !

This board has made me real friends
They support each others flaws
But I never had to make a choice
Between more plants and a bra !

RE: Feeling poetic?

  • Posted by Ludisia 7a Philadelphia (My Page) on
    Thu, Dec 19, 13 at 18:20

I retract my previous statement, and accept a personal challenge.

You all have inspired me. :)


Hosta Hosta everywhere
Weeds abound
but they don’t care

We stop to stare,
admire and share . . .

What’s that over there ?

Oh despair
a maple looms
With roots of doom
and thoughts of gloom

Catch me quick I fear I’ll swoon !!!

. . . . . . .

But despite his best tries
the shade he provides
only helps them bloom

Purple, Lavender, White
All to our delight

RE: Feeling poetic?

Thanks, Hostanista. When I saw there really was a hosta 'Nantucket', I couldn't resist. Cleaned up for family viewing, of course.


RE: Feeling poetic?

Roses are red
Hosta are green and blue
Except for Midas Touch
Which is kinda yellow

RE: Feeling poetic?

This thread brought me back to Grade 7 & 8 where every once in a while the teacher expected us to write a poem. I hated doing it then, so I figured I wouldn't do it now. But then I changed my mind! So I put my thinking cap on and had a good laugh while creating it. I said to my daughter that I didn't know why I found it so funny. She answered "because it is so true."

Digging, weeding,
This is daily what I do,
Almost anything for my hosta,
This is absolutely true.

I have my favorites,
Let me see,
There's Atlantis, June,
First Frost and GE.

I love the colors,
Their texture and size,
They look so darned lovely,
All could win a grand prize.

I am a hostaholic,
My family knows it well,
They say this hosta madness,
Has put me under a spell.

Secretly, I wonder too,
what is happening to me,
This obsession is creating,
a stranger, don't you see?

But all in all the hosta world,
Is a wonder to behold,
For today, tomorrow and always,
I'll never be too old!

RE: Feeling poetic?

To the Hosta

Slugs, bugs, and nematodes,
Certainly can't defeat them.
Throw 'em on the driveway,
Leave 'em in a ditch,
Back they come
Without a hitch.

The gardens are full, the DH yelled
It's everywhere hostas-
In front and behind
To my right and my left
In the ground and in pots
And he cried out aloud,
You've left me no grass
Not a patch not a sliver
And then he collapsed
Atop Lazy River.

RE: Feeling poetic?

LOL cyn! That's awesome!!

Don B.

RE: Feeling poetic?

Pointy leaf, broad, or twisted,
Solid, striped, or misted,
Green or gold or bluish
Mini, medium or huge,
Rising toward the sky unbound
Or growing rather near the ground
It is the plant o’er which we grow silly,
That everlovin’ plantain lily.

RE: Feeling poetic?

Nice one, Esther. I'm thinking Everlovin' would make a great name for a hosta.....

....and then offspring from Teaspoon or Blue Cadet, how about Loving Spoonful? My poetic tendencies run toward naming things. Like houses, studios, walkways, arbors, gardens...and sometimes hostas.....although someone who knows the history of a particular hosta can do a much better job connecting it to the family tree.

RE: Feeling poetic?

H. 'Everlovin'...Yes, has a nice ring to it. : )

Don B.

RE: Feeling poetic?

Thanks, Moc <>

Everlovin' is a very cute name for a hosta. I think it would be best for a mini, a real little cutie of a hosta.

I just like writing verse. Give me a topic, I write.

RE: Feeling poetic?

No-ID the unknown hosta
had some very shiny pets.
And if you ever saw them
You might even call them red.

Olive (OBL) the other hosta
Used to laugh and call him names,
She never let poor No-Id
join in any hosta games.

Then one soggy Springtime eve
Gardner Dave came to say
No-Id with your pets so bright
Won't you be my garden delight?.

Then how the hosta loved him.
And OBL shouted out with glee,
No-Id the red pet hosta
I'm glad you're in the garden with me!

dave *might put that to song*

This post was edited by bragu on Tue, Dec 24, 13 at 5:03

RE: Feeling poetic?

I will arise and go now
And go to the woodland glade.
And a small garden build there
Of Oak and stone and shade
Hosta will I have there of green and gold and blue,
Interplanted with ferns and moss
Perhaps a heuchera or two.
When winter winds howl bitterly and sing,
Still I see my garden in Spring.

Apologies to mountainy man.

Happy Christmas to all.


RE: Feeling poetic?

HVX, many plants it wrecks,
See it locally all the time.
Until we have a 'cure' for it,
I'll buy my hostas online.

Sung to the tune of 'Jingle Bells'

Don B.

RE: Feeling poetic?

Oh my, what a lot of creative people---and not just poets, but song lyricists too! I'm lovin' it! Thanks for sharing your lines.

RE: Feeling poetic?

Gee, now my mind is racing with the possibilities of non-family-friendly versions of Nantucket . . . . snicker, snicker.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Hosta Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here