Sunday, June 14, 2009

Saving the Best Memento for Last

In my last post I showed a picture of the plants and pots I purchased as mementos of the Spring Fling. I am sure you noticed at the left edge of the photo a plant not exactly potted up. No, that was a healthy division of the Hosta 'Kossa Regal' that I received from Mr McGregors Daughter whom I now know as Barbara.

This all began after a wild dash for the train when we, Frances, Gail, Tena and I, headed out to Barbara's house to join some others for a tour and dinner to kick off the Spring Fling. Barbara's dear husband came to the station to give us a ride to their home. Since we caught the last express train out to Barbara's house we were some of the last to arrive. Shortly after we arrived Barbara conducted a mini tour of Squirrelhaven. There was so much to see.I was a little disappointed that we had such a short time to try to take in all of her lovely garden.
In the deepest shade of her garden grew a huge tall hosta named 'Krossa Regal'. I was so enamored of it in Barbara's garden as it stood up to be noticed and looked so healthy. I mentioned this to Barbara and she said I could have a piece of it. I thought it was forgotten in the mad dash to the restaurant where we had a delightful dinner. So many ladies, so much talk.
Then we departed from the restaurant with Rose, Beckie for the ride back to town, which I want to thank Rose and Beckie for the comfortable ride back to town. But no, Barbara didn't forget. The next event that we attended she came waltzing into the crowd with a huge hunk of the 'Krossa Regal' for me. In my minds eye I could see her dashing for the train hefting along this huge hunk of hosta brushing by passengers. I am sure the train passengers had a good story to tell about the little lady with the huge plant galloping onto the train, hosta flying as the train was about to pull away.
As you can see I also got this precious hosta into the ground as I was potting up all the purchased plants. This pass along plant from Barbara is the true memento of the Spring Fling. It illustrates how kind and generous is the spirit of all the participants. I can't thank you enough Barbara.

14 comments:

beckie said...

Looks like this hosta has found a wonderful new home. I know you will always think of MMD when you see it. It was a great time at Spring Fling-lots of friends, laughing, food and of course gardens. I'm so glad we had a chance to go. Btw-all plants from you are growing great guns here. All have new growth on them and I am soooo excited.

Layanee said...

A pass along plant is the best as it does always remind one of its' owner or origin. Now you have a 'Chicago Krossa Regal'. It is settling in nicely isn't it.

Diana said...

Lisa -- what a wonderful memento of the trip and it looks so perfect in your garden. I'm sure you will treasure your Krossa-Barbara!

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

Krossa is a great Hosta and what a lovely memento! I think I saw MMD with that Hosta in a bag and thought what is that girl doing!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Sniff, sniff, I'm so touched. I also have tears in my eyes from laughing at your image of me on the train with the Hosta. I have to disappoint you, as I brought the Hosta to Chicago in Ramble on Rose's car. I did look funny wandering around the Loop carrying the clump like Miss America's Rose bouquet while trying to finding the hotel. I love where you planted it. I hope someday to visit it in person.

Marvin said...

What a great memento. I'm sure the hosta will enjoy life in its new home.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

MrMcD, I would be delighted to have you visit, anytime.

Roses and Lilacs said...

What a nice story. It was very kind of Barbara to dig that hosta for you. I love the huge ones.
Marnie

Pam/Digging said...

That's the best souvenir yet, Gail.

Pam/Digging said...

Oops! Lisa, I mean. Sorry, Lisa, I was just over at Gail's blog. :-)

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
It is the pass-a-longs that make our gardens special.
Wonderful hosta. Wonderful memories.
Sherry

Frances said...

Hi Lisa, what a friend that MMD is, to drag that plant on the train for you! A treasured memento indeed. And thanks for the link and photo of Gail and me, we look almost as tickled to be there as you and Tena did. Our visit at Squirrelhaven was way too short, I agree Krossa Regal is one of the hostas we grow here that has not died in the drought. I'll vouch for its toughness.
Frances

Frances said...

Oops, should read the comments first, to drag the plant looking for the hotel.

SandyCarlson said...

Hosta is a gem of a plant. These are wonderful shots and this is a wonderful story.