Interesting Plant: Hosta ‘Remember Me’

Interesting Plant: Hosta ‘Remember Me’

Hosta remember me

Discovered via Pinterest User, Be B

Maybe is was all the host I saw on our trip back to Ohio, but I love the lemon yellow color of this host. In my garden, here in Los Angeles, I would definitely have to set up a special, high moisture, area with separate watering system for host. It simply gets to dry in my garden to support them naturally, I think.

From Bluestone Perennials:

“Emerging leaves are bright yellow with a smoky green edge. Early in summer, the foliage transforms to an angelic snow white with a narrow edge of blue-green. Perfect for a garden of remembrance. Pale lilac flowers in mid summer. Hosta Remember Me is on the small side, but makes a big impression in the garden.”

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Interesting Plant is a series from A Gardener’s Notebook blog and podcast that highlights the most interesting plants I find in my Internet and real-world travels — Douglas

Photo: “In the meadow…” – Strongsville, Ohio

Photo from our recent trip back to Ohio. This “meadow” was actually a field at the local park and adjoining school property near our cousins house. It was surround by narrow fencerows that were left quite natural and contained many wild currants and grapes. The natural look of the meadow, though, was enough to get me to lie down, among all the bees buzzing in the clover, and snap this shot.

“In the meadow…”


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Video: Container Garden Update 36: Container Garden Update 36: Rebuilding, repotting and replanting part of the container garden

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I rebuild one of the containers, removing some basil plants into other pots, remixing the soil with worm castings and some organic fertilizer and planting it up with carrots and radish seeds.

* See what was happening in the container garden last year at this time: Container Garden Update 3 

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Video: In the neighborhood…Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) – A Photo Montage

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A photo montage of the Crape Myrtle blooming in the neighborhood this week.

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Garden Alphabet: Clematis

Garden Alphabet: Clematis

Clematis seemed to be blooming everywhere on our recent visit back to our home state of Ohio. They were very popular wrapped around porches, mailboxes and almost any other trellis structure you could find. There was a tremendous amount of variety in the clematis, too. These purple flowers struck my eye, but I also saw white, pink and red — striped and plain and all different sorts of bloom forms.

Garden Alphabet: Clematis | A Gardener's Notebook with Douglas E. Welch


“Clematis (KLEma-tis)[2] is a genus of about 300 species[3] within the buttercup family Ranunculaceae. Their garden hybrids have been popular among gardeners,[4] beginning with Clematis × jackmanii, a garden standby since 1862; more hybrid cultivars are being produced constantly. They are mainly of Chinese and Japanese origin. Most species are known as clematis in English, while some are also known astraveller’s joy, a name invented for the sole British native, C. vitalba, by the herbalist John Gerardvirgin’s bower for C. viticellaold man’s beard, applied to several with prominent seedheads; and leather flower or vase vine for the North American Clematis viorna. —

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Garden History: Painting with plants, Miramar, Newport, Rhode Island, 1930

The titles of many of my blog posts are often the first thoughts that pop into my mind when I see a picture or read something online. Painting with Plants was exactly the words I heard in my head as I came across this picture in the Flickr commons. It is hard to believe, in this day and age, that this is someone’s personal garden. Granted, it is a family that lived in high style in Newport, Rhode Island, but still, it looks more like a public park than a back garden.

That said, the effect is very painterly. There was obviously a lot of thought put into colors chosen and the light background (I would guess decomposed granite or other light colored stone material), which makes the colors “pop” all the more, especially in what looks to be bright, mid-day sun.

The garden might seem a little intimidating in the hot sun, but the cool shade of the tress beyond, along with the large fountain beckon from the house.

Painting with plants, Miramar, Newport, Rhode Island, 1930

Miramar [slide]

Creator: (former owners) Widener, George D
       Rice, Alexander Hamilton

Colorist: Van Altena, Edward

Landscape Architect: Jacques Gréber

Type: Projected media

Date: 1930

Topic: Summer
     Flower beds
     Annuals (Plants)

Local number: RI021003

Physical description: 1 slide: glass lantern, col.; 3 x 5 in

Notes: The slides were commissioned by Mrs. Hugh D. Auchincloss Sr. Phelps, Harriet Jackson. Newport in Flower. Newport, RI: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1979, p. 50-56. Griswold, Mac and Weller, Eleanor. Golden Age of American Gardens. N. Y., N. Y.: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. in association with the Garden Club of America, 1991, p. 31

Place: Rhode Island

Persistent URL: rce=~!siarchives&uri=full=3100001~!182587~!0#focus

Repository:Archives of American Gardens

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Free Kousa Dogwood Computer and Smartphone Wallpapers for August 2013

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My Favorite Garden Things for June/July 2013 – Douglas E. Welch

My Favorite Things

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Video Rewind: July 2013 – All videos from Douglas E. Welch

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