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Scrumptious Or Elegant?
Saturday, June 21, 2014



Hosta 'Hirao Majesty'


Quite a few years ago two writers (Les Wiseman and John Lekich) and I were sitting at a table at the Austin Hotel (now a Comfort Inn or something like that) strip bar. We were discussing who our all-time favourite beautiful movie stars were. We were oblivious to the action on the stage but we still noticed that the place was getting full and the extra chair at our table was whisked away. At on point Mr. Wiseman said, “Most of the actresses on your list are all dead.” We had not noticed but indeed that was the case. 


Hosta 'Hirao Majesty'

The place was now full and we noticed two women on stage with kitchen knives and all matter of vegetables in their hands, particularly cucumbers and zucchini. Whatever it was that they were doing with the knives and vegetables was short-lived because policeman arrived and rapidly took the two women away. We found out that the pair were notorious. They were called the Chiclets.

I have no recollection if we went back to our lists or if we left. But I do remember that our selection was divided between women who were well shaped and the more sophisticated ones like Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and in my case, my fave Eva Marie Saint.


Rosa 'Duchess of Rohan' & Hosta 'Hirao Majesty'


When I look at the plants in my garden I think I make the same distinction. I separate my gorgeous, multi petalled, quartered old roses (over the top, perhaps?) with stately elegant plants like some of my hostas and in particular their yet-to-open flowers on the stalks that we hosta growers call scapes. 


Rosa 'Duchess of Rohan'




     

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4/30/17 - 5/7/17

5/7/17 - 5/14/17

5/14/17 - 5/21/17

5/21/17 - 5/28/17

5/28/17 - 6/4/17

6/4/17 - 6/11/17

6/11/17 - 6/18/17

6/18/17 - 6/25/17

6/25/17 - 7/2/17

7/2/17 - 7/9/17

7/9/17 - 7/16/17

7/16/17 - 7/23/17

7/23/17 - 7/30/17

7/30/17 - 8/6/17

8/6/17 - 8/13/17

8/13/17 - 8/20/17

8/20/17 - 8/27/17

8/27/17 - 9/3/17

9/3/17 - 9/10/17

9/10/17 - 9/17/17

9/17/17 - 9/24/17