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Hostas turn golden yellow


Usually at this time of year all the colour is in the trees.

On this misty mid-October morning, the hostas are turning golden yellow, and in the strange, overcast lighting they appear to glow. Bright golden patches around the otherwise dull looking garden.

Some plants are now totally yellow.

Those that are all golden yellow really stand out!

Individual leaves take on new and interesting colours.

This is not a ‘hosta garden’, as I mainly collect hardy geraniums, but I do have hostas scattered throughout for their all-year interest.

We probably have about 45 named varieties and many other no-names. They are among 75 daylily varieties and about 200 hardy geranium cultivars, plus assorted other perennials on our one acre property. USDA zone 4

Light hosta leaves contrast with other colourful perennials.

Geranium ‘Dilys’ contrasts with the yellow leaves.

The dark seed heads of Geranium sibericum also contrast with the golden leaves.

Geranium thunbergii scrambles across a hosta.

You can see why the beaks give geraniums the common name of cranesbills.

Little hosta ‘Peanut’ has not turned yet.

Another tiny one, ‘Mouse Trap’ looks like it is flowering, but those are flowers of Geranium ‘Dreamland’

Hosta ‘Red October’ is only now blooming.

Most have produced their seed.

Soon the colour will all shift to brown.

My daylilies look like variegated spiderplants.

The ferns are already brown.

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Thank you for sharing your wonderful autumn colours.

17 Oct, 2014


Your hostas are positively glowing and looking great and I just love the delicate little flowers of the hardy geranium "Dreamland".

17 Oct, 2014


That's so beautiful! What are the blue flowers under the Dreamland picture please?

17 Oct, 2014


That is a set of lovely photo's, I love the combinations you have growing together, thankyou for showing the glorious autumn colours in your garden...

17 Oct, 2014


Steragram, those are blooms of Hosta 'Red October'. This was a plant new to me this year... It has red stems and I figured that was the source for the name. Perhaps it also is supposed to bloom in October? I thought this mid-october blooming was a result of our strange weather (cool summer, and warmer late Sept./Oct.), but I don't know?

17 Oct, 2014


Thank goodness for October. It can be one of the most colourful month in our place as well.
Nice photos and nice garden you have there Bowl.

17 Oct, 2014

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