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Fw: Crosses

  • Subject: Fw: Crosses
  • From: "Bill Nash" raffi@sympatico.ca
  • Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2003 20:34:18 -0400

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Nash" <raffi@sympatico.ca>
To: <hosta-open@hort.net>
Sent: 16 October, 2003 8:22 PM
Subject: Re: Crosses


> Glen Williams wrote: "I was wondering what other intentional crosses might
> be considered in the
> > same light. Not the endless open pollinations or mystery crosses , but
> > crosses where both parents are named and held responsible for their
> > offspring."
>
> Firstly GLEN'bo Williams: I would like to concur on your accessment that
the
> *Tardiana seedlings*, which the late Eric Smith of England grew from
> crossing tardiflora with sieboldiana Elegans: are truly a famous
hybridizing
> accomplishment!  The most amazing aspect of Smith's seedling-growing, was
> the fact that every seedling was given an official name later.  Even
> seedlings which were passed to other countries, were named there thereafter
> e.g. the German tardianas.
>
> If we look at other hybrids, which deserve Tardiana-comparative-attention
as
> breeding marvels; the first, which comes to mind off the top of my head: is
> the late Robert Savory's TIARA series of hostas.  I am also very fond of
> Savory's "Lemon Lime hosta" which is ideal for edging large beds, in that,
> it is a very rapid grower per it's clumping habits, has beautful lime green
> colored leaves; provides a short growth height; and even performs well in
> direct sunlight, whereby it's florets even appear reddish in colour
> (depending on how the sun's rays hit and reflect from same eh?).  If we
> could read, Mr. Savory's notebooks, of his works, I'm sure we would be
> amazed, and most particularly considering the fact, that he began his
> hosta-growing at the age of 12, thanks to his grandma's gift of a hosta?
>
> I think, I would like to ask a question here, pertaining to a Paul Aden
> hosta, named *Fragrant Bouquet* --ie..-- How does one arrive at such a
> variegated-fragrant-masterpiece of hybridizing?  This is in consideration
of
> the facts: that the pollen-parent and fragrant-factor came from H.
> plantaginea hosta, which is late season blooming and not very fertile on
top
> of that.  Then the next question which arises is: how did Mr. Aden use this
> pollen on a striated leaf pod-parent (mother-plant?) to arrive at a
> variegated multi-colored hosta seedling, when most (if not all?) of the
> streaky mothers to be used to do this -- are finished blooming -- when
> plantaginea comes into flower?  Did he store pollen from plantaginea, into
> the next growing season, like keeping it viable from one blooming season
> into the next?  I would like to suggest that this is the only way Fragrant
> Bouquet could have been created, considering the earlier bloom habit of
> streaky breeders and the variegated stable hosta seedling known as Fragrant
> Bouquet, which Paul Aden provided?  I would like to also suggest, that this
> Fragrant Bouquet breeding accomplishment by Mr.Paul Aden, is comparable to
> the kind of pollination done by the late Eric Smith in Great Britain.
>
> Of course there are many other hybridizing breeding-marvels out there, done
> by many others -- too numerous to mention here -- so I won't go any further
> eh?.
>
> B>)) *laugh*
>                    and be happy *PEACE IN OUR TIME*
> /bill nash guelph ontario canada raffi@sympatico.ca
> and regarding below>>>----- Original Message -----
> From: "Glen Williams" <gw1944@vermontel.net>
> To: <hosta-open@hort.net>; <PHOENIX_HOSTA_ROBIN@HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM>
> Sent: 15 October, 2003 11:33 AM
> Subject: Crosses
>
>
> > Arguably one of the most famous efforts in hybridization was made by
Eric
> > Smith: H.'Tardiflora X H. sieboldiana, resulting in the H. Tardiana grex
> > series.Certainly many in this series are visually stunning, clearly
making
> > the cross a classic one.
> >
> > I was wondering what other intentional crosses might be considered in the
> > same light. Not the endless open pollinations or mystery crosses , but
> > crosses where both parents are named and held responsible for their
> > offspring.
> >
> > Anybody have any such crosses they can name?
> >
> > Hebdomad  n: a week; seven days
> > Glen Williams
> > 20 Dewey St.
> > Springfield , Vermont
> > 05156
> > Tel: 802-885-2839
>
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