I agree with Chick 100% and it hurts. Usually his
arguments are not nearly so well thought out....
I've learned the best and safest way to get one
over on Chick....is to agree with him.......I burns him up.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 10:25 AM
Subject: 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
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,
It 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 evening.