I stumbled on this memory from 10 years ago—a posting i had posted, when we had lived in Burnaby… something that taught me about impermanence…
“I’m kind of sad to see our grand hosta heading off to sleep for the long winter... We have sooo enjoyed their strong presence in our humble garden.... Good night dear hosta—see you again in the spring... have fun hanging with our dear mother, during this dark half…”
When we lived in Burnaby over 10 years ago, we had a shade garden where, we had many hosta plants that flourished—the photo above shows just one of them.
When we first rented this home, it came with a garden that had many plants that weren’t doing well because the canopy of the tall cedar trees had grown so high that they now shaded the garden. So, over the eight years we lived there, we slowly transitioned the garden over to more shade and native plants that would grow and thrive in lower light. Hostas are one great plant that do well in shade gardens!
When we moved off the lower mainland to a small gulf island, we moved our many hostas with us… it was quite a job—as many of them were in large ceramic pots and they were heavy to move. However, they did survive the move—where they lived and thrived on our ‘shade deck’ in the forest, for six years.
Last January, we had to move once again—this time to a much smaller home… where we had to downsize considerably thus, giving away most of our beloved hosta plants to a dear friend. They now live and thrive in her beloved garden.
We truly miss them in many ways… We did keep a couple of hosta plants that live in pots outside our door—however, the local deer tend to nibble away at them and they (the hostas) never did get a chance to fully leaf out this year. I think we’ll attempt to cage them in somehow, in the spring, so the deer can’t get at them—as they, the deer, seem to think that our hostas are sweet candy!
Nothing ever stays the same… x (((💚)))
below, a fun video by John Denver on the Muppet Show, ‘The Garden Song’…
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