There is nothing like misplacing a metaphor.
I never thought that hosta could get pushed around. We have myrtle growing around our hosta patches, but not in them because the hosta blocks all the light. That and I bury it in sweet peet every year. Last year we had a couple ferns and ligularia find their way into the hosta. That was fine. Both plants added a little height and color variance to the hosta beds. I never thought they could muscle any of our hosta. I figured it would be a fight to see who unfurled first. I was confident that the hosta would prevail.
Yesterday we had a break in the weather from a week of rain, so garden maintenance was in order. Pat and I dug ferns and ligularia out of the hosta patches. So much for letting the plants fight it out, survival of the strongest stuff. That just was not going to happen. We, well actually I, wanted to insure garden hegemony for the hosta. I still like ligularia and ferns and they will always have a place in our garden. Pat throws around the term “invasive” and “that’s what you get” a lot when talking about ferns and ligularia.
All the plants we dug up aren’t going to waste. A friend of ours is starting a new household and needs a shade garden. And as everyone knows, you always need hosta, ferns, and ligularia. She gets some irises for her sunny area.
I left a few ferns and ligularia because I'm really weak kneed and sentimental for them. You can remind me about it next year.