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Re: Pink Flowers


Thanks Chick for cheering me up on one of those in between
days...............Happy New Year to you and your readers!
Tim
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chick" <chick@bridgewoodgardens.com>
To: <hosta-open@mallorn.com>
Sent: 30 December 2001 16:50
Subject: Re: Pink Flowers


> I see pink flowers on hostas all the time.  Pink?  Well, maybe
lavender-pink,
> or very pale pink, or near-pink.  The problem is, what is pink?  You
certainly
> aren't going to see "pink Cadillac" pink on a hosta, but I can see where
people
> would certainly see shades of close to pink in some flowers on some hostas
at
> certain times on a few days each year if you squint your eyes, especially
if
> you're wearing rose colored glasses, which I frequently do.  And of
course, if
> you write a catalog, if you remember that you think a flower looked kind
of
> near-pink one day last summer, that's good enough.  Let's name that sucker
> 'Pink Flowered Beauty' and send it to the lab.
>
> An un-natural color story that has nothing to do with hostas:
>
> Years ago, we went to ACC basketball tournament in North Carolina.
> Unfortunately, we didn't have tickets and found when we got there that you
> couldn't even get tickets from scalpers and there was no chance of getting
in.
> So what do you do in the middle of winter in North Carolina when you can't
go
> the the basketball game?  You visit gardens, of course.
>
> Somebody told us that we had to see the ornamental grasses at NC State
> Arboretum, Tony's old stomping grounds.  A lady who's name I can't recall
had
> colored them with spray paint to add some winter interest to the garden.
It
> sounded so obscene that we had to go look.  Darned if it wasn't cute. I
guess
> there would be many who disagree, but I thought it was pretty clever.
>
> So, since we have a fairly good stand of grasses along the road here, next
> Christmas I went to the hardware and bought me some spray paint, silver,
red,
> green, gold, etc.  As gaudy as it sounds, the colors actually come out
muted
> and semi-natural looking, even the red, and I thought it looked pretty
> festive.  Then, in the spring, people started coming in to the garden
center
> asking for those grasses that turn red and silver and gold in the winter.
I
> thought it was kind of strange that many of the same people who wanted to
buy
> the grasses because of the winter color, thought we were weird when we
told
> them we painted our plants.
>
> Chick
>
>
>
> Glen Williams wrote:
>
> > As I was looking at Dutch Garden's catalogue the other day, but probably
> > not from as great a  need as the folks in Buffalo have at the moment, I
> > came to a halt on page 125. There was a photo of H.' Patriot' which had
> > suspiciously pink blossoms.I was reminded of the MYTHOLOGY of pink
blooms
> > on hostas that seems to make the rounds every few years. I was also
talking
> > to Mildred Seaver this morning who added to the fuel by saying that she
had
> > a photo which she would share with me showing something similar.  She
also
> > speculated, that  for there to be even a hint of pink in  any hosta
flower,
> > the plant needed a lot of sun.  I guess I grumblingly agree that
sometimes,
> > as a flower ages, there is almost a fugitive pink tint  that happens in
> > some plants. I do mean fugitive.
> >
> >  Any experiences or apparitions of pink out there these days? Please
don't
> > mention H. 'Roy's Pink'. Any hybridization in secret corners of the
garden
> > that  promise such a flower? Can anyone name the " reddest" purple bud
on a
> > hosta?  Not the seed pod , but the bud itself. The winner will get a
foot
> > of snow.
> >
> > The following is from Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary: Edible,
adj.
> > Good to eat, and wholesome to digest as worm to a toad, a toad to a
snake,
> > a snake to a pig, a pig to a man,and a man to a worm.
> > Glen Williams
> > 20 Dewey St.
> > Springfield , Vermont
> > 05156
> > Tel: 802-885-2839
> >
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