Daylily and Miniature Hosta Sale August 7 – Bismarck

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Hello again North Dakota residents, and everyone else!  We dug and divided one last time this season and found many lovely daylilies for you to take home to your garden.  Below are photos from previous blooms of these beauties blooming in my garden.  They are hardy to zone 4 and most likely zone 3. Northern hybridizers from Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota have produced most of the daylilies I grow in my garden, so you can be assured they are sturdy and can take our heat, abundant rain, lack of rain and ND winters.

H. Bodega Bay

BODEGA BAY – 28″ – 5.5 ” BLOOM Fragrant Tet, Pink Pearl polychrome with pronounced ruffled edge. Gorgeous

ALL AMERICAN CHIEF. 32" Bloom 9" Red with yellow star throat. A star in the garden

All American Chief. Red with yellow star throat. A star in the garden

Bubbly - Double Apricot self.

Bubbly – Double Apricot self.

Cheese Weasel. 17" with 3" bloom. Mini. Adorable yellow with maroon brown eye, gold throat.

Cheese Weasel. 17″ with 3″ bloom. Mini. Adorable yellow with maroon brown eye, gold throat.

GETTING AIRBORNE. Crispate Cascade. 56 " 10.5 bloom. Purple self green throat

GETTING AIRBORNE. Crispate Cascade. 56 ” 10.5 bloom. Purple self green throat

 King of the Ages Emmerich. One large, mature plant in huge pot. $ 20.00

King of the Ages Emmerich. One large, mature plant in huge pot. $ 20.00

Malachite Prism. 36" bloom 4.5Striking lavender with purple eye zone above large green eye

Malachite Prism. 36″ bloom 4.5Striking lavender with purple eye zone above large green eye

My Yoke is Easy. Emmerich. Lavender with dark lavender eye and pale yellow edge above yellow to green throat. Excellent form. Fragrant 38" with 5.5 bloom.

My Yoke is Easy. Emmerich. Lavender with dark lavender eye and pale yellow edge above yellow to green throat. Excellent form. Fragrant 38″ with 5.5 bloom.

Storm Shelter - Karol Emmerich.

Storm Shelter – Karol Emmerich.

This is just a small sampling of what is available.  Do come over Sunday, August 7 anytime between 3 and 7 pm. Susan and Erik Holland

Cute as can be – miniature Hosta win the day

Miniature hosta are not well known in the gardening world, especially here in Bismarck, North Dakota. I have grown these adorable plants for over 10 years. They are dependable, easy to care for, and are perfect for fairy or small planter gardens. Saturday, May 30, from 3-7 pm I will have a FEW  of two different miniature hosta available for sale – Blue Mouse Ears, and Cracker Crumbs. Here are some details.The other images are to show what you can do with these lovely plants.

Blue Mouse Ears Miniature Hosta

Blue Mouse Ears Mini Hosta

Blue Mouse Ears Mini Hosta. soft blue-green color with hints of gold at base. The leaves curl gently, are rounded in shape, and the tiny blossoms in a soft lavender. The leaves are thicker than most, and prove difficult, though not impossible, for slugs to take a nibble. This plants is about 7 years old, and the leaves only reach 6″ high. This little gem tolerates full to partial shade and is very hardy to zone 3.

cracker crumbs mini hosta

cracker crumbs mini hosta

blue mouse ears mini hosta

blue mouse ears mini hosta

Cat and Mouse Mini Hosta (2)

Cat and Mouse Mini Hosta

yellow vase with mini hosta

yellow vase with mini hosta

mini hosta

mini hosta. I grow my miniature hosta surrounded by gravel.  I find it makes it difficult for slugs to traverse, and it makes spring clean up very easy.

mini hosta in white pot

mini hosta in white pot

hosta bed

hosta bed. Notice all the different colors of hosta. Here the spring addition of new gravel covers the hoses.

Hosta Bed

Hosta Bed

Hosta Bed with companion plants

Hosta Bed with companion plants. This is very early in the season, and I have not covered the soaker hoses with fresh pea gravel yet. Companion plants such as lilies, sambucus (a lovely soft gray elderberry), heuchera and potted plants help highlight the little hosta.

Hosta Bed

Hosta Bed

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Larger Hosta

Larger Hosta

Daylilies and miniature Hosta Available May 30, 3-7.

May 30th, 2015

May 30th, 2015

Here is the (almost) final list of daylilies that will be available for purchase this Saturday, May 30. Further details on size, special characteristics, and color will be posted before Saturday at 3.00. There are only a handful of each daylily, so do not delay! See earlier postings for images and further details.

  • A Green Desire
    Bold One
    Brookwood Red Royal
    Bridgetown Fireworks
    Brown Witch
    Caribbean Whipped Cream
    Dreamlight
    Eenie Weenie
    Emilies Red Leather
    Gloucester Calling
    Glowing Gypsy Jewel
    Happy Returns
    Ivory Edges
    Karen’s Curls
    Little Boy Bob
    Little Grapette
    Ode to Faith
    Painted Pink
    Pandora’s Box
    Peas and Thank you
    Penny Earned
    Penny’s Worth
    Phyllis Cantani
    Purple Rabbits
    Rainbow Candy
    Ribbon Candy
    Roswitha
    Stella’s ruffled fingers
    Sunshine and Lollipops
    Susan Berger
    Tiki Torch
    Two to Tango
    Wee Folk

Miniature Heuchera – ‘Little Cuties’ to brighten your garden

I remain passionate about miniature plants.  I tuck them in many places in my garden, and use miniature heuchera to add color, texture and early spring flowers to my miniature hosta bed.  There is a new line of tiny heuchera (foam flowers) coming out in 2013 from one of my favorite hybridizers, Dan Heim’s of Terra Nova Nurseries, Oregon. Terra Nova is wholesale only, but do ask your neighborhood garden center to obtain these plants for you.

A new series called “Little Cuties”, features miniature heuchera in a rainbow of colors. They prefer mostly shade, but can tolerate some sun.They are everblooming –  in other words – they do not just bloom in the spring as most heuchera do, these little ones keep on sending up blooms most of the season! They are perfect for fairy, container or rock gardens, and most remarkably of all, they can work as house plants!

These new friends for our gardens are called ‘Peppermint’, ‘Coca’, ‘Frost’, ‘Ginger Snap’, ‘Sweet Tart’, and ‘Sugar Berry’.  I think someone was hungry when the created these little gems!  Lets have a look.

Photo(s) courtesy of Terra Nova® Nurseries, Inc.
www.terranovanurseries.com

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Heuchera Sweet Tart

Heuchera Sweet Tart

Sweet Tart has very unusual bicolored cerise and hot pink flowers against lime leaves. Stunning!

Heuchera Sugar Berry

Heuchera Sugar Berry

Sugar Berry is 6″ inches tall, and 9″ wide. It features berry-violet leaves with darker veins, and the flowers are soft pink.  Ohhh!

Heuchera Sugar Berry

Heuchera Sugar Berry

Look how the color of the leaves changes throughout the season, and how it is berry delicious against the green/white surrounding leaves.

Heuchera Sugar Berry

Heuchera Sugar Berry

Heuchera Peppermint

Heuchera Peppermint

Peppermint glows green, softened by a shadow of silver white. And this one has pink flowers. Oh joy.

Heuchera Peppermint

Heuchera Peppermint

Heuchera Ginger Snap

Heuchera Ginger Snap

Ginger Snap will provide a rosy gleam to lighten dark corners, and it turns tan later in the season, topped by pink flowers.

Heuchera Ginger Snap

Heuchera Ginger Snap

Heuchera Frost

Heuchera Frost

Frost merges from dark burgundy to violet, and features pink flowers.

Heuchera Frost

Heuchera Frost

I am sure these miniature heuchera will delight you in your garden.  Give them a chance in 2013.  Ask your local garden center to order them from Terra Nova Nursery (wholesale only). See you in the garden, where my Little Cuties will be greeting their first spring.

Stoned Love

Ah ha!  Caught you with that title, didn’t I!  Well, at our house, stoned love means my dearest partner has created yet another wonder – this 4th of July it is a stone creek bed meandering through the back garden, pulling rain water away from the house and taking it to the needy perennial plants, especially those under the huge, thirsty cottonwood tree.

Every fourth of July season, a major project takes place at our house.  Several years ago, in another life and locale, a lovely raised bed for miniature plants made its appearance.  Here is a little bit of what we created.

Setting the largest stones for the new rock bed

Setting the largest stones for the new rock bed

Stepping stones within the bed for access

Stepping stones within the bed for access

Watering down the first days planting

Watering down the first days planting

Happy Gardener

Happy Gardener

One year later and the Dickson's Gold Campanula blooms

One year later and the Dickson’s Gold Campanula blooms

The most current creation – in 2012 – involved 3 trailer loads of glacial erratics, river boulders, and 1.5 yards of small river rock, size 1 1/4-2″.  Here is the before image, followed by the creative conclusion of a lot of heavy lifting. As a trained archaeologist, husband has an uncanny knack for “seeing” the soil surface as it is, and as it can be.  What a skill.  Before he begins he sees the entire project, and as the son of a geologist/paleontologist he knows how much material it will take. He talks about how this rock will work perfectly here, buried just so, and I nod enthusiastically, eager only to see the finished placement.

Stone supply arrives

Stone supply arrives

Progress from above

Progress from above

Work continues

Work continues

Nice curve toward the cottonwood tree

Nice curve toward the cottonwood tree

Another view from above
Another view from above
Garden visitor - Swallowtail butterfly feeding on martagon lily

Garden visitor – Swallowtail butterfly feeding on martagon lily

Creekbed and garden path finished

Creek bed and garden path finished

I am overjoyed when in the midst of sculpting the soil for the traverse of water, the hauling of stone, the clouds of stone dust, and numerous glasses of iced lemon tea, locations are found and little beds are created for my beloved miniature plants.  Filled with a mix of potting soil, peat moss, manure/compost mix and perlite, these beds emerge simultaneously with the winding dry creek bed, providing the excitement of future plant placement.  One can not give a better gift to a plant “geek” than a new, virgin place to put plants.  Oh, what joy to contemplate what will go there, and how it will look in the months yet remaining of the ever so short North Dakota growing season.

As if to say “Thank You”, during the night yesterday we had a ‘million dollar’ rain, and the garden has never been more glorious.  The daylilies are bursting open, the lilies enticing aroma blend with the wafts of white alyssum, and the still, cool clear air has made for one of those incredible days of summer you remember all winter long.

H. American Chief

H. American Chief

Lilium 'Eric'

Lilium ‘Eric’

Cottage garden

Cottage garden

I have spent ten months researching for a book I am sculpting, and now the time has come to set the joyous task of research aside, and get growing.  Letting out my writing persona, I will create solid written form from the vast, inspiring data I have amassed, so I can share it all with you. It is a story so international in scope, endearing in personality, enlightening in relevance, rich in “take your breath away” artistic quality – a riveting story for all of us, especially every woman who endeavours to follow her own dream.

My writing helper 'Lily'

My writing helper ‘Lily’

I am longing to talk about this project with you, but a very wise publishing agent needs to contact me (or I them!) before I can. I think this calls for taking the laptop out to the garden, don’t you?  I imagine that is where you will find me, surrounded by the inspiring glories of stoned love.

 

Theo Art School Garden Tour

Sunday, July 22 was the Theo Art School Garden Tour in Bismarck, ND, and the garden of Erik and Susan Holland was one of the open gardens within the historic Cathedral District.  The guests kept flowing into the garden in a steady stream from 11 am to 3 pm.  They were all so cheerful, appreciative and engaged in viewing all of the colorful daylily and lily blooms in the Holland garden.

It was so fun to welcome everyone, answer questions and visit.  We saw friends from all over North Dakota, and neighbors new to us. A great day was enjoyed by over 700  happy people, strolling through the historic district, and supporting the awesome Theo Art School.  Great event, and we were please to be a part of it.  Here are some images of what visitors saw, followed by some images of earlier blooming flowers visitors did NOT see this year.

Mousey Business – the charm of miniature hosta

Miniature hosta are endlessly fascinating.  They are small, sturdier than they appear, bloom with short, stiff stalks and most often, purple/lavender flowers.  Taking great care when weeding around them is wise, because you can chop their heads off before you realize they are there!  Caution!  I use a small , razor-sharp Japanese angled blade, and move slowly and carefully when weeding.

H. Chi Town Classic

H. Chi Town Classic

H. 'Lakeside Fruit Loops'
H. ‘Lakeside Fruit Loops’

AHS Hosta Ratings#1 – June#2 – Sagae#3 – Liberty

#4 – Guacamole

#5 – Blue Angel

#6 – Striptease

#7 – Paul’s Glory

#8 – Stained Glass

#9 – Gold Standard

#10 – Halcyon

#11 – Sum and Substance

#12 – montana Aureomarginata

#13 – Paradigm

#14 – Orange Marmalade

#15 – Regal Splendor

#16 – Whirlwind

#17 – Spilt Milk

#18 – Abiqua Drinking Gourd

#19 – Guardian Angel

#20 – Patriot

#21 – On Stage

#22 – Niagara Falls

#23 – Great Expectations

#24 – Praying Hands

#25 – First Frost

AHS Mini Hosta Ratings#1 – Pandora’s Box#2 – Blue Mouse Ears#3 – Baby Bunting

#4 – Tiny Tears

#5 – Popo

#6 – venusta

#7 – Cracker Crumbs

#8 – Lemon Lime

#9 – Cookie Crumbs

#10 – Twist of Lime

H.M. – Cameo

H.M. – Country Mouse

AHGA Hosta of the Year2012 – Liberty2011 – Praying Hands2010 – First Frost

2009 – Earth Angel

2008 – Blue Mouse Ears

2007 – Paradigm

2006 – Stained Glass

2005 – Striptease

2004 – Sum and Substance

2003 – Regal Splendor

2002 – Guacamole

2001 – June

2000 – Sagae

1999 – Paul’s Glory

1998 – Fragrant Bouquet

1997 – Patriot

1996 – So Sweet

The tree seedlings have been incredibly abundant this year, and I am constantly bending to pull them while they are smaller than the hosta.  If left alone, the weeds would soon overtake the little hosta, and you would have a real mess on your hands.  So, if venturing into the wild and wonderful world of miniature hosta, here are a few of my guidelines to help you along your way.

  1. Select the location carefully.  Most hosta will not tolerate full sun, so a partially shaded spot, out of traffic pathways, is imperative.
  2. Amend the soil.  Hosta prefer soil that will retain some moisture, rather than soil that will dry hard in the heat of the day.  I started my mini hosta bed topped with hardwood  mulch, but found it floated away, buried tiny emerging plants, and distracted from the hosta.  Now I prefer small pea gravel, which is more difficult for the slugs to travel on, highlights the small plants, and holds the soil and moisture in place. First thing in the spring, when you are eagerly waiting for the tiny hosta to make their first appearance, the gravel helps to define planting places, and debris and weeds are easier to remove. It really is best to place miniature hosta with other plants of their size, and to raise them closer to eye level with raised beds, or mounded soil.
  3. Make a pathway in the bed, and around the bed, so you can get low down near the plants.  I have a small scooter on wheels that I love, and I can “drive” it through the bed, and around the outside edge of the bed.  This way, I can sit, easily see and appreciate the plants, have close access to them to pull stray damaged leaves, pluck the wandering slugs, and enjoy the up close changes in the plants that occur every day.
  4. Label.  I am searching for a tiny label that is suitable for miniature plants, but knowing what the hosta name is becomes a big part of the fun for me.  Their names are charming – Imp, Little Devil, Alakazaam, Curly Fries, Cherish. Below, let’s take a look at a series of miniature and small hosta that have been named in the “Mouse” family over the past several years.  Collecting specific named varieties, such as these mousey bits, is fun, and adds to the humor and delight in your garden.  You could pick names of your family members, or locations dear to you, or what ever else you choose.  You can view all the registered names of hosta on the national hosta website. http://www.hostaregistrar.org
Hosta 'Green Mouse Ears'

Hosta ‘Green Mouse Ears’

Hosta ‘Green Mouse Ears’ is a sport of the original Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’, which was granted the honor of ‘Hosta of the Year’ in 2008. Green Mouse Ears will grow in size to be about 5 inches by 9 inches wide.  It was hybridized by Deckert in 2004.

H. 'Snow Mouse'

H. ‘Snow Mouse’

H. 'Country Mouse'

H. ‘Country Mouse’

H. 'Mouse Ears'

H. ‘Mouse Ears’

H. 'Cat & Mouse'

H. ‘Cat & Mouse’

Several of the Mouse Ears Hosta not yet in my collection are Ruffled Mouse Ears, Royal Mouse Ears, and Desert Mouse.  I am sure there will be more by the time I get around to adding to the mouse pack.  Next time I will share my favorite suppliers of miniature Hosta.  Happy Gardening!

Miniature Hosta

Hosta 'Arlene Mae Savory' purchased from the incredible Savory Gardens, MN

Hosta ‘Arlene Mae Savory’ purchased from the incredible Savory Gardens, MN

One of the most delightful parts of my ever-increasing plant collection are the miniature hosta.  I have gathered these over the years, and now they have been settled in their “bed” for three winters. Here in North Dakota, we often count the seasons by how many plants make it through the winter, and come up smiling in spring.  The mini hosta have won that contest hands down.  They all survive, and reappear to delight and create smiles on all who view them.  They are so hardy and sturdy, despite their diminutive size and presence. Now that they have survived and thrived for three winters, the little hosta are fuller, stronger, and make a more substantial statement of their style and personality,

One of the principal places where I purchase my miniature hosta is Savory’s Gardens in the Twin Cities.  http://www.savorysgardens.com/  They have an excellent selection, and mail out hosta bare root in the spring.  Check out the website!

H. 'June'

H. ‘June’

H. 'Lakeside Fruit Loops'

H. ‘Lakeside Fruit Loops’

H. 'Hawkeye'

H. ‘Hawkeye’

H. 'Imp'

H. ‘Imp’

H. 'Blueberry Tart'

H. ‘Blueberry Tart’

Sheltered in the shade of a meadow rue, miniature hosta, daylilies, heuchera and thyme enjoy the summer

Sheltered in the shade of a meadow rue, miniature hosta, daylilies, heuchera and thyme enjoy the summer

A lovely grouping of miniature and small plants, delightful companions to miniature hosta

A lovely grouping of miniature and small plants, delightful companions to miniature hosta

Species martagon bordered by sweet smelling white alysum

Species martagon bordered by sweet smelling white alysum

These miniature hosta will add joy and beauty to your garden.

Miniature Plants

Articles and images about miniature plants

Welcome to Digging Dakota Gardens

Welcome to Digging Dakota Gardens, located at a pink stucco "Storybook" 1935 cottage, listed on the National Register of Historic Places

A website I love because of the creative methods of growing small plants in small pots, and the quality of the photography which showcases these plants so beautifully is http://www.yamadori-bonsai.info/Putz_Beistell_Engl.html.  The site, created by Wolfgang Putz is in German, but you can, I hope, change your version to English.  It is well worth some time to view the tiny hosta, and the lovely small pots that they are grown in.  Wolfgang is interested in bonsai, and this interest spills over into growing miniature plants. His luscious photographs really show us what we could accomplish with close attention to the little treasurers in our gardens.

This link http://artofbonsai.org/galleries/bonsai_putz.php takes you to a lovely website featuring “The Art of Bonsai Project”, featuring Austrian Wolfgang Putz.  Here you will find stunning images of bonsai, and this link will take you to more of his images of miniature hosta.  Enjoy. http://artofbonsai.org/galleries/hosta_putz.php