Violet Bells

hosta flowers
Violet Bells

I apparently never paid too much attention to hosta growing up. I thought of it just as a lush green groundcover, which it does well, but I didn’t remember the flowers, only the peonies and daylilies and lilies of the valley that bloomed around it.

I moved the plants from my mother’s yard years ago when I sold her house and added them around my peonies, just as she had done, because they seemed to go well together. They do, and after the peonies are done they start blooming with the most beautiful little violet bells that I never appreciated, long stems with buds from the ground up.

This year has been difficult for them. Mine have grown to huge clumps, but a frost in May surprisingly frostbit the leaves of several entire clumps, which didn’t bloom as much. Then the ones that weren’t frostbitten were nearly eaten down to the ground by our deer. I thought hosta were deer proof! Apparently this year they found them pretty appetizing.

So these flowers are very welcome this year.

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