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Stories Behind the Names of Hostas

Many would naturally think that Abiqua Drinking Gourd was named such because 
of the cupped leaves. Chuck Purtymun gave me this account. He was in his 
garden after a rain. His hounddog was with him and he noticed that his pet 
was drinking from one of the leaves where rain water had collected.

Neat and Tidy. Lucy Simpers gave me this account. She had planted a number of 
seeds from Golden Circles and wrote to one of the mavens, "The seedlings are 
neat and tidy." In many catalogs one finds that it was named such because it 
is NOT neat and tidy.Not so.

Do you all have some similar accounts to share? I am sure the archvist of the 
AHS should like to have them.

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