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Water Pearls


Courtesy of daddy, we recently came home with a large, sumptuous hosta in a bucket that now sits on the front door step giving the entrance a bit more of lush jungle feel. I plan to add a male king fern on the other side that should take the look back to a more Jurassic era. The hosta and its bucket gave me the perfect excuse to head to the garden centre to look for pots. I do like shopping for a new pot.

Anyway, it was a few days later, during a period of yet more rain that I managed to catch this image of the water droplets gathered on the hosta leaves. You can really see how the leaf is like a bed quilt and cradles the pearls of water between the folds and creases.

Water on Hosta

Look closer and you can see the reflection of the houses and trees in the street. Look even closer and you’ll only succeeded in getting cold rain down the back of your neck, at which point you’ll probably want to go inside, like I did.

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Casa Mariposa 19/05/2013 - 5:06 am

Beautiful! How awesome that you’re going for a prehistoric vibe. 🙂

Sunil 19/05/2013 - 8:01 pm

Hi Tammy, I don’t know why, but it just seems to suit. The entrance is a north-facing rain shadow and we have a a dense Osmanthus that flings out new arching branches and below it are bergenias and arums, the whole picture is that of a pre-historic forest floor.

Claire 19/05/2013 - 10:54 am

Lovely. I have quite a bit of shade in our garden and have crammed in a fair few hostas and ferns including a very large one which I think corresponds to the one you are thinking of buying (can’t be bothered to go and pull out the label!). I think it’s a great combination. Strange things happen with the slugs though – some hostas seem to be completely resistant and others have been munched to death.

Sunil 19/05/2013 - 8:03 pm

Hi Claire, I’ll be using the blue mulch to keep the slugs at bay. I have several shady plants such as Sarcococca, Solomons Seal and Bleeding Hearts that are among my favourites.

gardeninacity 19/05/2013 - 2:40 pm

Big ferns can definitely do that. I like ostrich ferns myself, though I don’t see what they have to do with ostriches.

Sunil 19/05/2013 - 8:04 pm

Hi Jason, we don’t have that kind of fern, but a group of those would give exactly the kind of feel I am going for – thanks for the idea.

Jayne On Weed Street 20/05/2013 - 12:23 pm

I love the hosta! And the way the water catches on the leaves! Lady’s mantle also catches the rain drops like that! I saw someone with your name quoted in our NY newspaper yesterday – wondered if that could be our garden blogger too?

Sunil 20/05/2013 - 9:14 pm

Hi Jayne, thanks, though that wont be me in NY they’re referring to, I’m in the back reaches of the Fens, a far less glamorous and altogether more rural location.


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