These hostas came with the house. They have unusually tall, deep purple (photo does not show this) scapes and very glossy leaves. They’re very common throughout my part of Buffalo, but I’ve no idea which cultivar they are.
According to this article, people in Chautauqua County, New York were getting messages via Facebook that they must register their lawnmowers, asserting—in part—the following:
Any automotive service station currently licensed for motorcycle, car & truck safety inspections can inspect your mower. The NYS inspection fee is $10.00. The mower must meet a list of criteria, including being rust-free, not bent or wobbly and operating at “less than 85db. sound level.” It also says whoever is pushing or riding the machine “must wear all OSHA approved safety gear (safety glasses, hearing protection, and proper steel toe safety shoes).
It’s a ridiculous spoof, but when you have people using their rider mowers as transportation in the hopes that they won’t get a DWI, maybe regulation of some type is in order.
So we hate these? Really?
I’ve posted on these before, and I get their unhelpfulness to pollinators, but they’re a type of lily and I’m a lily collector. I like them. By the way, are any of you suffering from the lily beetle? I have not seen any yet.
Thanks to the expertise of my neighbor Bob Fink, an expert basement seed grower, I have many annuals grown from seed, including zinnias, tall ageratums, petunias, tall marigolds, and more. I use the leftovers from the street planter program that I oversee. When I plant the seedlings in late May, I often get grumblings from local businesses—“Can’t we afford bigger plants?”—but the seedlings (as well as cannas that are wintered over by another neighbor) always perform splendidly. I don’t recommend seed starting for all gardeners; some have the knack, some don’t. Bob does.