Picked up a package of Elegans Hostas ( thanks to Bill's recommendations for
Picked a nice place in the yard.... the first two hostas went in nice and
neat. Dug the
holes, amended the soil...it was. loam/ clay to mostly clay further down.
Hole number three... nicely spaced apart from the other two... shovel went in
hit something hard, moved a few inches, shovel went in and hit something
tried this again and again and again. No luck.... finally decided to
There is a boulder, about 3 feet x 2 1/2 feet by xxx feet located about 5
- 6" down.
Made a few half hearted attempts to dig around it... wayyyy beyond my capability.
So the monster is right in the area where the hosta should be planted..... a
left or right will disrupt the pattern of hostas and intrude into another part
garden.... Not a good option.
Removing the boulder is NOT going to happen... not by hand anyway.... the thing
is kinda large sized and heavy. I'm not.
So, question is... Will a giant hosta be able to grow in 6" of soil......
most of my
other hostas are within the top 4 - 6" of soil. Anyone have direct experience
this?? Planting in this location is preferable, right amount of sun, right
shade, right amount of moisture.
Or I can move the hosta to another location and forget trying to get a
pattern in this location....
Your thoughts are welcome
All mine are about 5-6 inches. You can always add an inch or two if
you want more room for insurance. A large rock may give you a moisture
retention problem though.
Don't forget Hosta like to be split apart and moved about. Large one
in a great spot was eaten from below last year. New one in same spot
will be behind an in ground fence. Not guaranteed but it makes me feel
Bill death to voles....
Garden in shade zone 5 S Jersey USA
Not all who wander are lost.
On Apr 13, 10:20 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Yes, forget symmetrical and go for a naturalistic look. Not being a
fan of symmetry I would love
to have a nice big natural boulder in my garden!
I would uncover the whole top of the boulder and put the remaining
hostas in a random natural
way around the edges of the boulder, not all the same distance apart.
Add some other woodsy
type plants and what a beautiful spot it will be. (Oh I am drooling at
the thought of a boulder
to play with....just let it display all its lovely rockiness.)
Alas, you will discover that even with a big stone, when one reaches a
certain age, it is difficult, if not impossible to get it up...
I covered it back up.. may it rest in peace.
The hosta will go elsewhere !!
On 4/13/09 1:20 PM, in article email@example.com,
You've gotten good advice. And leaving the boulder exactly were it is and
putting the hosta somewhere else is what I would do and have done many times
In my younger, more energetic days, I would move that rock, it wasn't were I
wanted it and I put it were it would do me some good. But not any more
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