I have to admit that I've generally ignored the hosta flowers, beyond noticing the many white spikes along the fencerow at this time of year. But hostas are actually the backbone of our garden, planted along 200 feet of an old stone fencerow. We have easily 400 plants of 300 different varieties, so I thought it was high time I should take a closer look. I was pleasantly surprised at the results.
Hostas are best known for the leaves, which do well in shade, and come in a variety of greens, sometimes with some white, and with varying textures. The leaves range in size from 1 inch to more than a foot, forming plants from 6 inches wide to 6 or more feet wide! And we have a lot of them! The flowers are actually all very similar, but this was one of the most striking when I took the macro lens and tried to get some close-ups.
Viewed from the side, individual hosta blooms on the spike of flowers are quite beautiful, and they come in a range of colours from mostly white through to purple (above) or blue (below). And looking closely you can see that the stamens also vary in colour, from yellowy above through reddish brown here, to blue below.
You almost have to look up inside the blooms to really see them, and have to get down on the ground with your camera to get a picture. Perhaps someday I'll post some pictures of the varied leaves too.
Only in some varieties do the stamens and pistil seem to unfold like this, while the petals bend backwards, giving this sort of an open view of the flower. I have a whole new appreciation of hosta flowers now.
Apparently deer appreciate hosta flowers too, because we've lost a large number of the flower spikes (before they really bloomed) to the deer who come for a succulent snack in the dark!
This is the view you usually see walking by the fencerow, with about 15 different hosta plants in this picture. This is just a tiny corner of our hosta collection, so I guess I should be paying more attention to them. At one point I knew a great many of them by name, because I transplanted all these from another garden when we moved here. The profusion of blooms does catch your attention, but they have always seemed rather nondescript to me (in comparison with other flowers in our garden). Looking closely gives an entirely different impression.