Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

"Mice" in the Garden


There are mice in the garden at Linderhof . . . not the furry little creatures nor concrete ones either . . .

But these adorable hostas.


These are not in Linderhof's garden but were a display at the Chelsea Garden Show last year where I fell in love with the "mice"!    Miniature hostas -- displayed in a hypertufa planter.

I'm not a hosta fan -- I've never been a hosta fan.    I did buy three last year to replace some stella d'oro day lilies because they were planted in too shady a location on one side of the pergola and performed poorly.   Hostas, I felt would do better (and so far they have!)

But these little ones got to me . . . but at 60 pound for five of them (which was almost $100 at our exchange rate) I couldn't afford them even if I could have brought them home with me!

But then at the Overland Park Arboretum Plant Sale . . . "mice" were listed for sale!

And I brought home three.    I did know that one of the English mice was "Blue Mouse Ears" but I wasn't sure of the others and I fell in love with the other two . . . Imagine my surprise to find that they were part of the English collection!


All ready to be planted . . .

May I introduce . . .
from left to right . . .

Frosted Mouse Ears, Blue Mouse Ears, Holy Mouse Ears


In a hypertufa planter in a shady area of the garden.    Surrounded by day lilies and some lemon balm.   They're close to the breakfast room door so I'll keep my eye on these little guys!

I must admit that I'm happy to have these "mice" in the garden --

I did think they were pricey little plants at the Arboretum sale -- $9.00 each but when I got home and checked what the price was last year at Chelsea . . . I thought I got a real bargain!    Price, I guess, is relative!

I am celebrating my fourth anniversary with a give-away -- a box of one of my favorite teas -- Harney's Hot Cinnamon Spice -- good hot or added to regular black tea when you brew iced tea.


Leave a comment and you're in for the drawing -- each time your comment I'll put your name in again!

I will draw on Wednesday, May 9 . .

And thank you again for visiting Linderhof -- your comments always make my day!

14 comments:

Deb said...

Never heard of these! So cute...

On Crooked Creek said...

Martha,
These are perfect for'fairy gardens' and children's gardens...and Linderhof's garden, indeed! Love the new header!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Deb said...

I like these little plants but have never bought one. You know I love my tea and would love for you to throw my name in the pot. Thanks Martha. Deb

podso said...

I've also never heard of these but they are really cute! It would be nice to keep one's eye on them to watch them grow!

Southerncook said...

I have never heard of these either and never seen them in our nurseries. They make a perfect plant for your planter.

Carolyn

Teri said...

I love hosta... and so do all the deer who sleep in our yard! :-( Those minis sure are cute!

Pondside said...

They are adorable little hostas. I will have to look for them, here, as they'd be just right in a shady spot close to the edge of the veranda where we could see them easily.

A Haus to Call Home said...

I have never heard of these little guys until now, but would sure like to add them to a shady area by my deck! Thanks for sharing the names of each variety! Very pretty.

lemonverbenalady said...

I was out looking at my hostas this morning, Martha. I was also going to loan you one of my feral cats, but the mice hostas are adorable. I hate going to England because you can never bring plants back! Thanks for sharing your 'mice' with us. xxoo Nancy

Allison said...

I love Hostas and they grow so easily!! Very cute little plants!

megan said...

Such cute names for cute plants!!

Rose H (UK) said...

Such cute little hostas, sadly they wouldn't last a night in my garden with all the snails and slugs that abound here :o( I do have real fieldmice nesting in the drystone wall though! (They make me smile when I catch site of them).

marilyn r said...

Hosta gardens look lush and beautiful. But, of course, they need shade, which is in short supplyin my yard. Thanks for giving us a look at your gardens, so we can all enhoy them1

Erica (Irene) said...

Never heard of this name before...but they sure are cute plants. I for a minute thought you really had lil' mice all over your garden :-)