I appreciate your making comments about newer varieties.
We try to bring several new varieties into the lab each year. Some are
hits, others are dogs. The trouble is that I go on a few people's opinion
about what is good (you might note that we fell for silver penny).
If the Robin is looking for a new topic after political
exhaustion (I notice the lemmings are running into the sea), I think this is a
good one. It helps me know what you all want in new Hosta (which also
helps keep the price down), and it shows others what different Hosta lovers find
interesting. I realize the other labs are probably lurking, but so be
Now what are your five new favorites (or fewer if that is all
there were) that will still be here after a couple of years,
and what are the five (or fewer) that are potential shovel
Thanks for the help,
The jury is still out on which hosta we
bought this year that will turn out to be our favorite. H. Wolverine is the
early front runner. For last year the hands down winner is H. Warwick
Curtsey. It is absolutely as beautiful today as it was early this spring and
not many of our plants can make that claim after 2 1/2 months of drought
with temps constantly in the 90s (or over 100). H. Lunar Orbit gets an
honorable mention. Both are great plants. While Clyde didn't ask for it I
like to give equal credit to the we wish we would have saved our money
award. For 98 we have a tie between H. Shiny Penny and H. Sweet Tater Pie.
What we don't like is the fact they turn a sickly chartreuse color early and
stay that way. The winner so far this year is Pineapple Upside Down Cake,
also an early viridescent.
Tom Moore Bardstown, KY