When you take over a garden – along with a house – in winter as we did back in 2015, then the first Spring is always going to be a surprise. Bare twigs sprout leaves and then flowers, and bare earth erupts. I remember walking round the garden regularly in that first Spring as I worked to clear weeds and prepare ground for new shrubs to be planted. On one particular day I noted a circle of small black spikes piercing the soil. What could that be? Fungi of some sort?
The spikes grew longer – they looked rather un-wordly: they looked a bit like charred asparagus tips. And then the spikes grew taller and started to unfurl into leaves and finally it dawned – we had Hostas!
So far they look in good shape, but slugs like Hostas and over time these leaves will be nibbled and become ‘holed’ and like all things horticultural, the freshness will be lost.
Hostas look good in colour but I rather liked the monochromic version of them.