Not the same old feelings…

Hosta
Hosta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Funny how our minds work. Just a photo of a hosta plant in another blog got me thinking. Yikes!

Here goes:

When I was a kid, we were very fortunate to have a family cottage on a lake. Along the side of the cottage was a patch of hosta plants. They grew every year even when mowed down to make a better path. I thought that they were homely, good for nothing, weeds. I’d trip over them while playing twilight games of hide-n-seek. But…there they grew with a tenacity that I could not appreciate in childhood.

I now have my own piece of outdoor heaven in a wooded area. There were barren, shady spots where nothing would grow. I discovered hostas in a new light. Their name even “put me off”. I had already decided, years ago, that I did not like hostas. At the local greenhouse, there was a larger variety of them than I had ever realized.

The happy ending is a lovely, much appreciated shady garden. Hosta does not mean the same to me now, although I can “drum up” a shudder, still, when reminiscing.

If I were to return to life as a plant, I think I would like to be a hosta. Rather plain…shade loving… and tenacious.

6 thoughts on “Not the same old feelings…

  1. suzicate 06/14/2012 / 8:07 am

    I felt similar about petunias and swore I’d never grow them. Lo and behold, this year I needed a simple colorful annual and you guessed it I planted petunias…mainly because the hummingbirds and butterflies like them!

    • Susan 06/14/2012 / 8:35 am

      I too was unsure about petunias until I realized that they do better when you neglect them (except for pinching off dead blossoms). In the garden, neglecting is my middle name. 🙂 Aren’t their colors dandy?

  2. lifengaged 06/14/2012 / 8:27 am

    My plant that fits the theme is Nasturtiums

    • Susan 06/14/2012 / 8:37 am

      Yes, Nasturtiums fit the unwanted category in my world, still. Maybe you could change that and convince me about their significance in your garden?

  3. Jamie Dedes 06/15/2012 / 11:14 am

    Ah, isn’t it so with many things in life … the person, the book, the place … that we once distained but suddenly realize has value.

    Re plants: I adore them all. Homely or beautiful. Like people, they seem each to have a place and a job to do.

    • Susan 06/18/2012 / 7:11 am

      Yes, you are very wise and this post seems to recommend revisiting our opinions often. 🙂

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