Hosta Stick Garden

by grace on July 20, 2019

Last Saturday morning, the 14th, i finished transplanting every single last hosta from all over the yard into the fenced yard. Whew.

As i wrote previously, i first dug them up, piled them in the wagon and pulled the wagon into the bedroom front door and out the back into the fenced yard. because, of course, there’s no way to actually open the back gate because then Lester would immediately find out a new way to escape.

this was a lot of work because the wagon full of hosta sticks was quite heavy.

the next time i tried it, i instead hurled the hostas over the fence. i had been meaning to ask kevin to lower them in a buck over the fence to me, but i decided this other way wasn’t bad. the hostas survived my hurtling, and it way better than the wagon.

but then i decided that the perfect solution was to pile some into a bucket and carry it back to the yard. the ones i’d flung over the fence had left piles of dirt in the yard, which annoyed me.

so last saturday morning i dug up the remaining hostas down at the bottom of the deck and then dug up a giant hosta right in front of the porch; last year the deer hadn’t touched it, but this year, anything goes.

i finally dug up the few remaining hosta sticks in the circle out front – this was the last part of the giant hosta circle that dad had been proud of. i’d transplanted some of the hostas from there to other places before, and there were only six or seven little hosta sticks left. it’s a little sad that the hosta circle is gone, but at least many of those hostas are going to live a happy life in the fenced yard.

kevin had tossed seven bags of mulch over the fence for me, and he’d also helped dig a few holes, and i got it all done and was exhausted but happy.

my Hosta Stick Garden

I took these pictures on saturday after i finished, and they’re already looking better.

this one even bloomed! i’m pretty sure this is one i’d transplanted a few days earlier.

I’ve been watering them and have high hopes.

and then, i have about eight or 10 daylilies that need to be transplanted, plus some big hydrangea, all at the side of the house. every bud has been eaten off the lilies plus the deer are eating the stems, and they’re making their way through the hydrangea.

right now there’s no place to put all these flowers until kevin does more tilling in the fenced yard. so that’ll wait a while. which is fine by me.

plus i want to plant some roses of sharon in most of the empty places where the hostas had been, but that can also wait.

last friday night, amy, mom and i took a lovely boat ride.

the motor was making such a spectacular wake, but there was no way to get a good photo – maybe somebody with a better camera could get one that’s not so blurry.

and one final funny thing – i wasn’t home last saturday afternoon, and kevin decided to take les for a walk. lester walked under the deck and sat there, waiting for unsuspecting birds to appear. soon kevin realized that les was not going coming out; he wouldn’t even look at kevin who was trying to get him to emerge.

kevin texted me, telling me of his quandary and i suggested shaking a treat container at him.

he tried, and later told me that les did finally turn to look at the sound, then he poked his head out a litttle, and then one paw, and finally came out enough for kevin to pick him up. funny kitty!

ok then,

mrs. july hughes.


darling demons…

by grace on June 23, 2019

rain rain rain, that’s mostly what we’ve had around here.

besides the fact that the weeds are sprouting up too fast for me to keep up with them, the rain also washes away the deer spray.

yesterday a deer was happily munching on some of amy’s flowers and then wandered across to my side yard to start in on mine. luckily amy chased her away and then sprayed my flowers for me. THANKS, AMY!

i spent three days weeding weeding weeding and finally munching the entire side of the house. mom helped one of the days which was awesome.

here’s the section with the lilies and the hydrangea in back; the hydrangea are doing fantastic this year, but if left untreated the deer will eat them in addition to the delectable lily buds and flowers.

the other day i realized the deer had eaten half of the tops of these spiky purple flowers in the front; they look a little bit like thistles, and people always think they’re weeds, and they keep spreading like crazy.

the little spiky tops which eventually get big and purple when in bloom are spiky to the touch and what kind of deer would eat them?

this girl.

yesterday i was sitting in the fenced yard and heard a little sound and it was this deer eating a bunch of honeysuckle. why can’t she be satisfied with that, the honeysuckle has sweet blooms and it spreads like crazy and i have to pull it all the time?!

when i took the photo she trotted around to the back and i had to yell at her to get away from the hostas.

that was all well and good, but then, this morning…

these are the hostas at the back of the fenced yard. it took me a long time to individually pull and also use the shovel to dig the tall grasses that had sprung up inside and around the hostas. they’d looked so bad for such a long time, and i spent over three hours yesterday weeding like mad and spreading some mulch.


and last night i know that deer said to herself,”how nice of them to get rid of the really not tasty weeds, plus the sweet and delicious hostas are now framed with the lovely red mulch!”

she ate half of the hostas outside the side of the fence. these are closest to the house; she clearly doesn’t give a damn about proximity to us. she’ll probably be moving in soon!


and finally…sometimes they’ve nibbled on these hostas at the bottom of the deck, but nobody has ever ravaged them like this.

you have to be kidding me!!!

maybe the deer are somehow attracted because of the mulch? because i think that i’ve run out of mulch and energy instead of mulching in these areas, plus the hostas have been so huge that you couldn’t see the mulch anyway.

so anyway, that’s the problem here in paradise. i’ll keep spraying, but i sprayed today and it started raining abou 10 minutes later, and it’s gonna rain again at 4:00, and then later, and then tomorrow…

maybe there’s some kind of thing that would be a deterrent? something like the fake owls that are supposed to scare away the woodpeckers.

i must look into that…

i have lots of photos of our sweet kitties, but right now i must get back outside because it’s fairly lovely out at the moment.

ok then,

mrs. sunday afternoon hughes.

p.s. have you seen “rocketman?” it’s AWESOME!