----- Original Message -----
Sent: 03 July 2001 15:25
Subject: Re: color blue in June
I'm not saying that such plants should be registered, although
I see no harm in it because I see the registrations as simply a list of
"variants" to one degree or another. Whether you want to name or
introduce it is up to you. All I'm saying is that a Francee variant that
is visibly different from Francee, is not, in my opinion, Francee. It
should either be identified as not being the same as the "real" Francee, or it
should be kept out of circulation.
This year I got a message from a customer who said that the Northern Halo I
sent her was not NH because she had a NH in her garden already and mine was
not the same. There are a number of NH "variants" on the market and
unless you get your plants from Walters, which we do, and assume that there
are no variants in their stock, I don't see how you can know what plant you
are going to receive when you order one. Unfortunately, when plants are
sold as small as tc liners, there is often no way anyone can know that there
is some variation among plants. And sometimes the people who get the
finished plants do not know that what they receive is not exactly like the
"real" one. Because hostas vary the way they do, even if everyone plays
by the rules, and even if there was total agreement on what is and is not a
sport, and even if all of us knew what we were doing, we will still have these
problems. We can only do the best we can not to screw things up any more
than they are. I still agree with the policy that it is better to have
10 different names in the registration than to have 10 different plants with
the same name.
In this particular instance, anyone who wants to have a different opinion
is free to do so.
message dated 07/02/2001 10:29:27 PM US Eastern Standard Time,
It seems to me that
you have made your own determination of what is and is
not a sport.
Yes, I have and will continue
to do so. Just because a plant has a slightly
different size margin or a slightly
darker / lighter shade center is no
cause for a new name. I got one of
those Francee's also that has a light
yellow center that changes to all
green. I would never sell it as Francee,
probably throw it on the compost pile.
But whatever, give them all a name
for all I care. I only have control
over myself when it comes to the wanton
naming and introducing of hosta. Sure,
I got a few good ones that I truly
call sports but as for the variants I
just don't see the point.
Have a good day and a better