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Re: Auctions

I really don't want to upset anybody with this statement, so I sincerely hope I don't. Laura and I have just over 1000 different named, but few labeled, (don't know about registered) hostas growing in our hosta beds in the western North Carolina mountains ( about 30 miles north of Asheville, NC. Asheville bills itself as "Land of the Sky", but is truly low country compared to where we are. About the only problem growing hostas here, though, is that about every third year the hostas are up and inch or two when the last hard freeze reduces them to mush; truly a sad, sad sight, since we have waited all winter to see their beauty again. This is why I would have to vote for Minnesota as the ideal hosta growing area. Oh my, please forgive this rambling off the subject. Back to the subject: even with all the plants we have, it is rare to come across a plant that is truly "different". We have found this to be the case, not from going out and buying new plants, because we haven't done that in quite a few years, but rather from the appearance of many new, and somethimes older, plants sent to us for TC. We have had two for TC year that are truly stunning; not large planst or clumps, but medium to quite small, border type plants; one with bright red petioles, and almost gold, lance shaped leaves. This plant makes 'Red October' look almost ordinary. Another stunning hosta we recently TC'd is a 'Blue Cadet' sport, appropriately named 'Blue Mouse Ears'. This plants flower scapes and flowers are perfectly proportional to the plant. 'Blue Mouse Ears' has been on the market, but not from us.Many people, of course, just want a plant TC'd because they like it, and want more of them, and for other reasons. I think I may have just insulted some (hopefully not all) of the people who send us plants for TC. I believe the real test of the true value of any plant is the attention it gets from ordinary people. We don't get many hosta lovers or collectors at our place because it is so remote, and with no signs, few people; (neighbors do, but then we have given all of them so many plants) know we are even here. It's just amazing to see people walk right by a very expensive hosta, and never even notice it. Having said all that, I may as well say that my personal favorites of them all are those with fragrance, such as Plantaginea, and 'Summer Fragrance'. Just at dusk, their odor drifting across the yard is so nice, though not in the same league with that of a large (wild) honeysuckle vine growing over a big rock. Sorry about this folks; I won't let it happen again!!

MissVitro Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory
John and Laura Lanier
81 Summer Trees Lane
Burnsville NC  28714
Ph. (828) 682-4174

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      • From: Chick <chick@bridgewoodgardens.com>
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      • From: "Bill Meyer" <njhosta@hotmail.com>

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