And, Now, a Bit of Green

Let us harken back to the early days of the 2013 growing season, long before the riotous appearance of purple and orange and pink and yellow and red that currently, i.e., early July, festoons the gardens at Buckingham Road. Presented here, one newly emerging hosta, a plant that has many, many varieties, all named after the Austrian botanist Nicolaus Host and described as “any of a genus (Hosta) of Asian perennial herbaceous plants of the lily family with densely growing basal leaves and tall racemes of white or violet flowers – called also funkia, plantain lily.” Funkia, I didn’t know that! What a wonderful name. Thank you, as always, Merriam-Webster’s.

The Green Unfurls (Image 2797) © Catherine Rutgers 2013The hosta definition is from the 11th edition of
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary © 2005.
The photo is by Catherine Rutgers © 2013.

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6 Responses to And, Now, a Bit of Green

  1. Tom Burnett says:

    thats more then a bit. Thats an eyeful of green.

    • It is, Tom, isn’t it? And it makes a slammin’ desktop background. I’m not always thorough at documenting the gardens, but this year I’ve got quite a few photos and am percolating a full post: Garden Like a Punk-Rock Star. Thanks for the comment and have a terrific Tuesday!

  2. Thank you for the like, Matt George (of the fabulous http://rosephotographs.com/ among other photography sites).

  3. Karen Deschere says:

    My mother called them funkia, and it was years before I knew other people called them hostas. I love them and had what seemed like thousands of them at my little cottage in Highland. I remember my hands aching after cutting the stems off after the flowers bloomed. Ciao bella!

  4. Thanks for the likes, oneanna65 and orchardplanting!!

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