Saturday, March 15, 2014

2014 Garden Basics: About The Hosta In This Garden

This collection is based on the theme of:
Chaos and Destruction
Here is the reasoning for each of the plants.
Later in the season I will add information about each of these hostas aesthetic value in this garden.


About the Theme:
It is said that T-Rexes were probably some of the most ferocious, aggressive creatures to live on earth.  Just remember that the plant was actually named for Tom Rex.

Sum and Substance

About the Theme:
This reference is for writing.  For an author to express the essence of chaos and destruction they must use the right words to convey the sum and substance of the scene they are writhing about.

Dancing Queen

About the Theme:
A queen may have center stage at a ball, but if she has no skill in dancing things may become less than orderly,

Blue Mammoth

About the Theme:
A predecessor to the modern day Elephant.  Mammoths had both great size and impressive ivory tusks.   I can't say they were blue but maybe some were sad; just avoid those stampedes.

Emerald Tiara and Golden Tiara

About the Theme:
These two plants represent conflict between nations, cultures, and societies.  Some leaders have a history of being chaotic and disruptive.   Regardless to the nation, or group, the effects are the same.


About the Theme:
Starts the hottest part of the summer.  This plant considers the effects of temperature that for some can be chaotic and destructive.


About the Theme:
[Star Trek reference]  Sometimes simple logic can be the most destructive thing known.
[Trogan Mythology]  Deity of Metallurgy; creator of tools and implements; and now apparently computers!
[Astronomical reference]  The debunked planet that was said to have been between the Sun and Mercury, also sometimes known as Nemesis.


About the Theme:
This hosta considers the pop, bang, boom, and even kabooms in our world.

Holy Mouse Ears and  Frosted Mouse Ears

About the Theme:
Regardless if it was sent by divine guilt (Movie: Mouse Hunt), or found in frozen in the snow (Cartoon reference: Tom and Jerry); or as a plague (Biblical reference) mice can be chaotic and at times very destructive.


About the Theme:
These medical images can bring chaos and destruction if not taken with correct precautions, or when they are bearers of bad news.

Dragon Tails

About the Theme:
Imagine, if you will,  a exceedingly happy dragon sitting on the ground wagging its tail uncontrollably - much like a dog would.

Little Devil

About the Theme:
Watch out what you wish for!  Devils, imps, jinn, and demons from mythology and religion have been portrayed as chaotic and destructive.

Little Sunspot

About the Theme:
Here is the acknowledgement of our suns chaotic and destructive power.  Sunspots have a cycle of 22 years and effect the weather here on earth.  There is now evidence that there is a second more longer cycle as well of about 300 years.

And if that is not enough for you, it will be the Sun that will most likely destroy the Earth in 3 to 4 billion years! 

Itsy Bity Spider

About the Theme:
This hosta reminds us that there are phobias, fears, and anxieties in the world that for some can be very disabling.

Lemon Lime

About the Theme:
This reference reminds us of the bad and good sides of genetic engineering.  The hosta plant was produced by Savory Nursery and has been a rousing success.  The collector also takes note of the Nicolas A. Turmes, Juniors hybrid known as the variegated lemon-lime tree named Lemonine which had much less success.

Dixie Chickadee

About the Theme:
This takes a little adapting or stretching to understand.

Lets start with Dixie.  That is what you might expect as the geographic region south of a civil engineering line known as the Mason-Dixion Line.  

Chickadee is a small seed eating bird that comes in 6 subspecies.  In this case were not talking about 'those birds'.

In this case were talking about the slang of how the word chickadee might be used.  We know that a Dixie Chick might be known is an immature southern bell with attitude.  So … a Dixie Chickadee might be is a immature Dixie Chick with even more attitude.  IF we can accept that interpretation of the name then one might fathom the chaos and destruction that a Dixie Chickadee might cause.


About the Theme:
This plant has a latin name.  The latin is said to mean Venus; the goddess of love.  I think we all know how chaotic and sometimes destructive love can be.  A few examples might be:  Cleopatra and Mark Antony; Romeo and Juliet, Lancelot and Guinevere,  Orpheus and Eurydice, and Paris and Helena to name a just a few.


About the Theme:
This is one of the lessor known Greek mythologies.  The Gorgon were three sisters.  The best known being Medusa.  Dependent on the version of the story you read the Gorgon were all fated to turn men to stone; while in other stories they were fated to be exceptionally, terribly ugly beings.  Irregardless of the version of the story; mythology suggests that each sister eventually had a penchant to kill humans.  This is one case where you can look a Gorgon in the eye and survive!

Xanadu Empress Wu

About the Theme:
Asians do not infer gender in their language.  When Europeans first heard about 'EMPEROR' Wu they were confused with how the a Chinese female leader could have a ‘male’ designation.  Based on historic accounts, when ‘Emperor’ Wu assumed power it probably raised eyebrows.  The reputation of her infers that she may have held similar paranoias of another famous leader, Hitler.

When the Hosta was registered the Western feminine “Empress” was applied.  Xanadu is the trade name used by the Nursery, thus causing a collision of Chinese and Greek identities, and probably why it is sold just as Empress Wu.

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