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Re: 2004 Hosta registrations

Obviously there are differing opinions as to whether and when hostas need to be registered. I've registered some, and have many, many others that I haven't. I think that the fact that nobody can agree and the rules and recommendations keep changing is an indication that things are going just fine without more rules and regulations. Whenever you decide to deal with this problem for the benefit of all, I hope you'll make sure you have the agreement of all for what you propose as a solution. That way we can be sure that nothing will happen, again.

I think Dan might have been a little more diplomatic, but we all know that that's never going to happen. I pretty much agree with Dan about silly names, but I decided not to say anything about it because I want everyone to love me. The thing is, it's your daylily and if you want to give it a name about moose fishing, that's ok by me. And if I don't want to register a hosta, now or ever, I think that we should just agree that it's not a problem that really needs to be dealt with. My hosta, my decision.
I'm not sure why anyone would, as Dan so eloquently puts it, "steal" a name. It's not like there's a big shortage. Maybe they just don't have any imagination. C. H. wrote an article in the Journal a short time ago, essentially (in my opinion) recommending that hostas be registered as soon as they received a second look in the garden. What he actually said was that plants should be registered before they were "discussed, open for viewing, shared or sold." With all due respect to C.H., and as diplomatically as I can say it, that's the silliest thing I've ever heard. Register a plant before you talk about it or let anyone else see it?
Every time this crusade for registration comes up, which it does about every other year, I suggest that a reserved name list might be a reasonable solution. Apparently somebody thinks it's a bad idea, because after about 8 years, nothing has been done. That's fine too. But if you don't like that one, here's another possibily. When a name is submitted to the registrar, how about he or she does a google search on it. It's not exactly a time consuming operaton. If it comes up, whether from the library, a vendor's web site, or anywhere else, then the registrar says "Hey there, I know you have every right to take this name because so and so talked about it before registering it, but I just want you to know that the name is already in use." Then the person can say, "Oh, I didn't know that, I'll find another name" or "Tough luck, he or she should have registered it first." If you can't find a name on the internet, then I don't think it has gone far enough to be considered used. And if you find it, the person trying to register it just has to decide whether he or she wants to be a jerk or not. And since the same information is available to all of us, if the person decides to be a jerk, we'll all know about it and Dan won't have to beat around the bush.
How about 'Moose Beating Aound the Bush on Memorial Day."?


Alttara Scheer wrote:

My son was three when he named one of my hosta seedlings 'Calling After Dinosaurs', but that doesn't mean I needed to register a seedling with such a nonsequitor of a name...

It's a generic seedling, and will never leave my garden. It does have some sentimental value. I suppose you think I ought to register it???

On May 30, 2005, at 7:41 AM, Bobby Baxter - Wake Forest, NC wrote:

Dan, why are you so bitter? My son was 5 years old when he selected that name for my first daylily registration. I wish I knew the exact number of children that are growing this daylily and are learning to appreciate gardening and know how to keep it fun.

Upon visiting your web site I noticed you are into fairies and that you live "where the fairies roam." You have wonderful instructions on your web site about how to construct a fairy garden using hostas. Dan, you need to stop hanging out with those grumpy fairies and find yourself a happy fairy.

Bobby Baxter

----- Original Message ----- From: "Lu & Dan Nelson" <hostanut@bellsouth.net>
To: <hosta-open@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, May 30, 2005 6:53 AM
Subject: Re: 2004 Hosta registrations

I think I get it now.


is probably a seedling or sport of:



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