First try trough

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First try trough

Postby Tigger » Oct 30, 2006 10:40 am

We found this discounted cement planter (probably meant to go on a stand) this summer and thought it would be great for some mini hostas and such. It's sitting over a nursery container buried in the ground and filled with rock, for drainage. So far, so good.

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H. 'Dragon Tails' is the gold one in the center. I'm also trying some moss and some native wintergreen. If you look closely, there's a cute stone face in the back that we picked up from a craft gallery in Chicago (local artist).

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Postby nanny_56 » Oct 30, 2006 3:15 pm

Neat idea!

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Postby maidofshade » Oct 30, 2006 8:03 pm

Very nice looking :cool:
Can you put names to the rest of them??
I just love the little ones
Thanks!!
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Postby maidofshade » Oct 30, 2006 8:04 pm

Very nice looking :cool:
Can you put names to the rest of them??
I just love the little ones
Thanks!!
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Postby Tigger » Oct 31, 2006 9:57 am

I'll try.

There's a tatting fern (always slow to emerge, but eventually too big for this trough) and some gold acorus I took from the bog garden.

Hostas are:
Dragon Tails
Cheatin' Heart
Pandora's Box
Kifukurin Ko Mame
seedling gracillima (the wavy green one)
a single division of Hadspen Heron (to baby it along)
the remnants of Cascade, which will surely be too big for this but had been choked almost to death by tree roots.
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Postby tsneal » Oct 31, 2006 3:33 pm

Looks great!

I asked my dh to make me a concrete planter...he does some concrete work a couple times a year - we'll see.

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Postby maidofshade » Oct 31, 2006 6:49 pm

Thanks for the names. That is a great idea to place it over the rocks for drainage!! :cool:
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Postby Tigger » Mar 12, 2007 9:46 am

Flagging this post so I can ID these when they come up! (no labels in such a small container) I had covered the whole thing with christmas tree boughs when it (finally) got cold in January. Checked them yesterday and everybody seemed good: no significant heaving. I guess I'll keep uncovering and covering until night temps stay in mid-40s.
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Postby Libby » Mar 12, 2007 2:41 pm

Aren't those cute! I'm giving the mini hostas a try this year and hope I can find a nice container like that.
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Postby thy » Mar 28, 2007 5:24 pm

Nice "set off "

I'm waiting to see mine come back this year - gave them a new pot last year and who know, they might even grow :lol:

Do not expect to see Pandoras Box again, it was down to 2 extremly tiny leaves last year :roll:

But Tortifrons and Little Jay did grow last year- so there are still hope for me :wink:
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Postby Tigger » May 08, 2007 9:49 am

Update: This fared only o.k. when left out over winter, covered with discarded Christmas tree boughs. (the tree must have been chemically treated out the wazoo, as the entire tree—not bought by me but rescued from curbside—stayed incredibly green all winter) Nothing increased, nothing died, but so far everything is a little smaller than it was in fall. Gracillima in particular. So next winter it will live in the shed!
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