I consider myself a collector. I have over a 150 varieties still adding each year. As Handyman, my husband Todd puts it…..It’s all about the hunt for me. He’s right, I’m always on the lookout for a new and exciting variety.
Back in the 90’s when I had my landscaping business, I couldn’t give them away. Every time I put them into a design people would turn their nose saying how ugly they were. They wanted perennials that flowered all the time. Not just a leaf. I couldn’t get them to see their beauty.
And now, everyone wants them! So much so, there are 1000’s of varieties for shade and sun.
I’d explain many reason why they’d work in their design such as the leaf pattern, size- large to small, shape-pointed or round, color- green, blue, yellow, yellow-white, green and white, texture- ripples or smooth, flower- white or purple with smell and without. How the plant grew- mound shape, upright extra large large medium small or tiny, and they still wouldn’t have any of it.
So much variety. So many differences and contrasts. So much excitement!
What they taught me has been even more exciting!
At the time no one wanted a shade garden. Only sun with flowering perennials continuously. Which there is no such plant. Everything needs a break from peak performance.
Hostas teach sometimes what’s not popular is still fascinating.
If you feel unpopular think of yourself like a Hosta.
No matter what other people think, you’re still beautiful since you possess so much more than they have capacity to appreciate.
You are Exciting even if other people don’t see that excitement.
It’s not always a good idea to follow the crowd.
If you don’t devote time to what makes you happy, you won’t be flowering for very long. Even popular sun flowering perennials can become boring. When they stop blooming people lose interest in them. People tend to lose interest in things that are always the same. So don’t be afraid to stand out. Nothing, not even flowering perennials are consistent in life. Be prepared to go with the flow following your heart so you bloom daily.
Hostas taught me to appreciate differences.
As I mentioned before large leaves all the way down to textured or smooth, white green yellow, yellow turning green mid to late summer, everything about them is amazing. Those differences transfer over to humans as well.
White black olive tan short or tall, when we appreciate differences and variety in the world there is more excitement placing emphasis on happiness and creativity.
Where they’re positioned to grow is important.
Some need extreme shade, like the blue ones. They cannot tolerate sun at all. Others, like green and white’s handle more morning sun and even a little hot sun. Most appreciate the in between, a little morning sun along with some afternoon shade. I find I’m moving hostas around all the time to fit their needs.
If you’re struggling look at where you’re located. You might need to move. Maybe it’s just to a different house in the same vicinity. Or you may need to consider moving to a different city, state or even country to live peacefully, creatively, and successfully.
All of them need water to survive.
Humans do too. This one thing is so taken for granted. Water goes a—l—–o—-n—-g way to keep you happy, healthy, and successful. Did you know 90% of the population suffers from some form of dehydration? When the body is dehydrated your thinking process is impaired. The kidneys, adrenal and thyroid malfunction not to mention other organs not working optimally. Just imagine how well you’d grow, look and feel if you drank enough Clean water.
They thrive on attention.
People always ask what my secret is to growing beautiful hostas.
The most important thing I do is pay attention to them. I’m in the garden as much as I can. Sometimes just sitting on the love seat swinging away as I take in their beauty. Most of the time I’m pulling weeds that spring up, or cutting off wounded leaves, dried flower stems and watering.
I make it a practice to give them my attention. 🙂
If you think about it we’re not that much different. Everyone wants to be noticed even when we try to hide.
Our deepest desire is always to be seen.
And then, there are those times we find ourselves in the wrong place getting the wrong attention. Like in a bad marriage, or a relationship which does nothing to nurture your soul.
Most importantly, we don’t give ourselves the attention we need. Maybe you need time off. Or a hot bath, read a good book or cook a fabulous meal. We’re always trying to do better to help others but we forget, we need that much attention and more from ourselves first to fill up so that energy can spill over to help. Otherwise you’re just a raggedy Anne doll left with no strength to stand on your own.
When you feel lonely you might need to reach out to others as hostas do.
Hostas tend to spread out growing into each other. Co-mingling I guess you’d say.
They live quite happily when this happens.
You might decide to be social wanting people around you all the time. Or instead, choose to give yourself enough space getting and giving attention from afar.
All in all, what Hostas have taught me most is-
Do what you love no matter what!
I loved them in the 90’s and still love working with them today.
I’d be a pretty sad girl if I’d have let everyone convince me they were ugly and not necessary.
When now you can clearly see by people’s reactions what is important now, was back then, it just didn’t catch on for some people till now.