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Re: Summer Joy

Hi Bill

Surely the originating nursery would know if the plants are true to form
or not?  Did not several of these come from the originator?


> Bill Meyer wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
>          The following story was sent to me by Sally Murphy, who is
> not on hosta-open:
>      "The first picture in the Hosta Library was taken in my garden by
> me
> (with my son's digital camera, since I don't have one yet.)  I
> purchased this
> plant from Klehm at the Peoria convention (too busy at our Indy
> convention to
> have time to brouse the sales area!)  We grow several 'Great
> Expectations'
> (in fact, won the Ala-Ho-So garden award for our GE at the Indy
> convention).
> Our SJ plant is nothing like our GE plants.  The growth pattern is
> different,
> colors are different, but it is a thoroughly delightful plant.
> Smaller and
> grows very well in almost full sun."
>   " The story, as I heard it, was that one TC lab made the mistake
> that
> resulted in so many GE plants being sold as SJ.  I didn't think Klehm
> had
> anything to do with it until I read that you had bought your plant
> from them
> at Indianapolis.  Last summer I pointed out to a hosta vendor that the
> plants she was selling looked like GE and she contacted the TC lab
> they came
> from, where someone admitted that their plants were indeed GE.  My
> friend says her plants grow better and faster than GE, but agrees that
> they
> resemble it. I asked her if the TC lab had offered replacements and
> she said
> no."                     --------from Sally Murphy  reprinted with
> permission
>      I think she may indeed have a real one there, and if so it's the
> first I've heard of. What's really strange about this situation is
> that the "hoax" plant is one of the best, but the plant it's
> masquerading as looks to be pretty good too. Any retailers who got
> caught in the mix-up have perfectly saleable 'Great Expectations' , so
> they won't lose any money. Does anyone else have any stories to share?
> We don't need to use the names of the specific nurseries involved, so
> we don't imply that anyone is deliberately perpetuating this hoax. It
> seems to have taken on a life of its own.
> .....Bill Meyer
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