Our yard is very shady, so when we look for plants we have to find ones that can tolerate a lot of shade. Early last spring, Costco had various packages of plant roots for sale. One package was full of “shade-loving” plants. It had 5 ferns, 5 hostas, and some other plant with a long name, that was supposed to have a flower on it.
I love ferns and hostas, so I would have bought the package anyway, but I was very intrigued by the flowering plant, which I didn’t know anything about. There was no photo on the package, so I imagined big vibrant blooms giving colorful accent to the shady areas beside our house.
I bought the package, and planted the roots in pots in the green house. They all grew and when it was warm enough outside, I transplanted the plants into some of the shady garden spots next to the house. Time passed.
Well, the shade-loving flowering plant has finally presented to the world, it’s bloom, and what a disappointment. I must admit it is a whole lot less than I expected. It is that washed out pinkish spot in the photo. I guess anyone who has done any gardening knows the feeling when reality finally replaces imagination.
You can see my paintings of hostas and a fern on my website: