I pride myself on keeping good garden records. Every time I come home with a new plant or order one online, I make an index card for it. The front of the card lists the plant's Botanical Latin name, culture information including size and USDA zone, as well as the name of the nursery where I bought the plant, the purchase date and price. On the back of the card I write the location where I planted it. I am pretty good at updating that info if I move a plant or divide it.
But this week I faced a dilemma. For the last few years I've been growing Hosta 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd' in a pair of pots on the deck. In the fall I temporarily plant them in the Tea House garden because it is the only place with space. But last year I made a big push to finish designing and planting the Tea House garden, adding in particular a number of Hostas. You guessed it; I totally forgot I did that until Hostas started coming up all over that garden and I hadn't a clue which were the ones I was supposed to dig out for the deck pots.
I've been watching and waiting and trying to identify each Hosta as it appears. But I am afraid it's much more of a guessing game than it should be given my notecard system. I finally dug out two Hostas that were right next to each other and weren't variegated or unusually colored. I potted them up and added pine cone mulch and now I have to wait to see if I guessed right. One thing's for sure; I won't make the mistake of planting these Hostas without a clear way to find them again come Spring!