A Nest for All Seasons A Nest for All Seasons: A Bleeding Heart and A Bachelor

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03 August 2011

A Bleeding Heart and A Bachelor

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Do you remember when I beat up my hostas moving them around and splitting them and generally just being not nice as I propagated them? Some of you were a little worried (and I say worried is a very loose sense) that they might not survive that kind of treatment. Well, here is proof that hostas are TOUGH babies and can take some abuse. They are all putting on new growth and looking so much better as smaller, new specimens as opposed to the overgrown masses they were.

Remember the big 'Sum and Substance' hostas that were left with a stalk and a bit of one leaf instead of their normal 4' wide cluster of huge leaves?  Here they are doing well...starting all over again.  I ended up with 4 plants from the one I had.

Variegated Hosta Variety
(anybody know the exact name?!)

The bleeding heart transplants are doing well as well.  

OK, so maybe they don't look so good in this picture...the bugs are starting to take their toll 
and dicentra naturally starts to fade this time of year because it is an ephemeral plant.   
Um, what??  Ephemeral???

Yes, I know, I know...gardeners use too many words like that.   
Let's just compare them to stars of the Bachelor.  
In the news today, broken up tomorrow and out of your mind forever.  A true bleeding heart, yes?

These photos were taken a couple weeks ago and the bleeding heart has literally shriveled up and left a blank hole in the garden.  Last year when we moved in, I had no idea that I had a massive bleeding heart plant because there was no evidence at all until this spring when it started to explode out of the ground.  Yet another good reason not to start digging in a new place until you watch everything bloom for a year (yeah...like I've followed that rule this year ;)

Anyway, in the spirit of renaming Ephemeral, who can name at least 10 previous contestants from the Bachelorette?  NOT this season...  NOT the main girl...  NOT the guy that won...

Wait nevermind...why don't you just hold onto your brain cells and learn the word ephemeral - it literally means to last one day, but in the plant world means a beautiful plant for one brief season and then it is gone...like a rainbow on a foggy afternoon...


SocialStudiesSoubrette Wednesday, August 03, 2011  

Hostas are very tough. I am so sad I had to kill off my bleeding hearts. The poison ivy was overtaking everything and starting to kill the tree that the bleeding hearts were planted around. I tried pulling up the poison but it finally just won the battle so I had to do the unthinkable and poison all of it. I really hate using chemicals but I didn't want to loose my beautiful shade tree.

allenaim photography and design Wednesday, August 03, 2011  

I totally, TOTALLY feel your pain. We inherited a lot of poison ivy...one batch in particular is attacking a huge 60 ft tree, and we've been dumping poison on it to kill it, but it keeps coming back. Luckily there is nothing else there to kill, but I am kind of worried about the giant tree actually. Is it possible to kill the tree and NOT the ivy?! Oh heavens...

Love at First Blush Wednesday, August 03, 2011  

Thanks for the visit! I actually learned how to really use my DSLR only after I came back from my Asia trip!! I kick myself for not learning it sooner!

You have beautiful photos! I would love to grow my own herbs one day! Looks like your hostas are flourishing beautifully.

Becky Jane Wednesday, August 03, 2011  

I can't seem to get bleeding hearts to do well. My aunt lives about 20 miles away and hers are magnificent. As far as hostas...they do well here but are picky about where I plant them.

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