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Re: Swan Lane

  • Subject: Re: Swan Lane
  • From: Pat Mora patmora@comcast.net
  • Date: Sat, 01 Mar 2003 16:30:04 -0600

    Thank you for simplifying another issue of look-a-like's. It is so
disappointing to put good money toward a Hosta purchase only to find it
already exists in my garden.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Meyer" <njhosta@hotmail.com>
To: <hosta-open@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, March 01, 2003 3:27 PM
Subject: Re: Swan Lane

> Hi Kirsten,
>      Hate to disappoint you, but "Swan Lane" looks like another one of
> crappy marketing gimmicks that disreputable nurseries sometimes pull. Van
> Zyverden is a Dutch nursery with a branch in Washington state. The plant
> the box appears to be 'Fortunei Albopicta' and the name would of course be
> invalid for you databasers if it is. 'Fortunei Albopicta' is very common
> Europe and the UK, so they may just be looking to unload an overstock of
>      There is a possibility that it is a new sport with a similar
> to FA, but my guess is someone would have heard about it by now if it was.
> Since it's showing up as vast numbers of cheap field-grown plants in it's
> debut, my guess is it's a fake. There is plenty of FA over there for them
> buy cheap enough to sell at those prices. Building that much stock of a
> plant would have taken years.
>      They were discussing this on the Hallson forum last week and someone
> sent a picture of the box. It looked a lot like 'Fortunei Albopicta' and
> general opinion was that that was what it was. The boxed hostas turning up
> as 'Shadeseeker' are also just common old 'Fortunei' types with a new fake
> name.
>                                                    .......Bill Meyer
> > Hi everyone.
> >
> > My husband, bless him, bought a box of dormant hostas for me! He didn't
> > recognize the name so he thought I didn't have it. Well he was right!
> I
> > can't see where anyone else has talked about it either! It is Swan Lane
> (not
> > Lake) from Van Zyverden out of Meridian MS. I am not sure on the height,
> > maybe less than 18 inches. It has a light green irregular margin with a
> pale
> > cream center. Judging from the picture on the box the leaves look fairly
> > substantial. Does anyone have any idea what the story is on this hosta?
> > There are 12 of them in the box, I guess I could give one as a prize to
> the
> > one who identifies it! Any takers! Thanks everyone.
> >
> > Kirsten
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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