Re: color blue in June
I'm not saying that such plants should be registered, although I see no
harm in it because I see the registrations as simply a list of "variants"
to one degree or another. Whether you want to name or introduce it
is up to you. All I'm saying is that a Francee variant that is visibly
different from Francee, is not, in my opinion, Francee. It should
either be identified as not being the same as the "real" Francee, or it
should be kept out of circulation.
This year I got a message from a customer who said that the Northern
Halo I sent her was not NH because she had a NH in her garden already and
mine was not the same. There are a number of NH "variants" on the
market and unless you get your plants from Walters, which we do, and assume
that there are no variants in their stock, I don't see how you can know
what plant you are going to receive when you order one. Unfortunately,
when plants are sold as small as tc liners, there is often no way anyone
can know that there is some variation among plants. And sometimes
the people who get the finished plants do not know that what they receive
is not exactly like the "real" one. Because hostas vary the way they
do, even if everyone plays by the rules, and even if there was total agreement
on what is and is not a sport, and even if all of us knew what we were
doing, we will still have these problems. We can only do the best
we can not to screw things up any more than they are. I still agree
with the policy that it is better to have 10 different names in the registration
than to have 10 different plants with the same name.
In this particular instance, anyone who wants to have a different opinion
is free to do so.
In a message
dated 07/02/2001 10:29:27 PM US Eastern Standard Time,
seems to me that you have made your own determination of what is and is
not a sport.
Yes, I have and will continue
to do so. Just because a plant has a slightly
different size margin or
a slightly darker / lighter shade center is no
cause for a new name. I
got one of those Francee's also that has a light
yellow center that changes
to all green. I would never sell it as Francee,
probably throw it on the
compost pile. But whatever, give them all a name
for all I care. I only have
control over myself when it comes to the wanton
naming and introducing of
hosta. Sure, I got a few good ones that I truly
call sports but as for the
variants I just don't see the point.
Have a good day and a better