I know that I post this same shot year after year, but please do not deny me the pleasure. Of all the plants I have ever planted, tended, cut back, divided, transplanted, pruned or nutured, this one is my lifetime favorite.
It's a big blue called "Big Daddy". It is one of the decendants of the original H. sieboldiana 'Elegans' from which all blue hosta are derived. This one has leaves that are heart-shaped, corrugated and huge. Click for closeup of this 12" wide leaf.
I waited too long in the season to take this photo. The leaf color is fading and the short stalk of white flowers are already done. I was trying to resist the temptation to talk about this plant year after year, but now that you have seen it, do you blame me for showing it again?
Long time readers here know that I like to take photos of objects next to a corgi for size comparison, but I'm afraid those days are almost over, my friends. The corgi in question has decided that he's put in his time and will no longer cooperate for these early morning photo sessions. He's a good looking animal when he's upright, but when he lays around like a big furry baloney, not so much.
Now I'm beginning to understand why Mr. Sam refers to him as a fat bastard with no legs.
BONUS! Saturday Morning Special: Click here to see the full extent of the dog's Goin' Limp Sixties Style protest technique, complete with tragic canine facial expression. My heart breaks over this betrayal.