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Re: a great hosta

Well, first of all my reply wasn't meant to be all that serious, and I didn't mean to start another crisis in hostadom.  Never thought I'd have to do this but let me restate my comment.

Flowers? On hostas? Oh come now.  <vbg>

Never being one to know when to shut up and leave well enough alone, here goes:

There are a couple of hostas that have reasonable flowers.  Obviously plantaginea and a number of its hybrids, I also like Raspberry Sorbet, and maybe a few others.  What's wrong with hosta flowers?  God help me for disparaging a hosta, but even the most fabulous flower you can think of on a hosta doesn't hold a candle to the plainest daylily, or to hundreds of other perennials, annual, and tropicals I can think of.   If they were truly beautiful, there wouldn't be so many hosta growers who cut them off.  Now I know that not all hosta growers cut off the flowers, but have you ever heard of a daylily grower doing that?

Now, I agree that we should breed hostas for improved flowers.  That's because hosta flowers need improving.  I don't think it disproves my original premise.  Now please, don't anybody else get mad at me cause I think hosta flowers are less than thrilling.  I'm really not a bad person.

Love, Chick

ECPep@aol.com wrote:

In a message dated 10/15/98 4:15:57 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
bridgewd@annap.infi.net writes:

<< Flowers?  On hostas?  Oh come now.

 Chick (who for some reason won't shut up today)
  bridgewoodgardens.com >>

I don't understand this remark.  What is wrong with flowers on hosta?  I
routinely pot hostas for decks and stonework and I value the flowers.  The
seedlings grown on here are selected for flowering form only.  Did you know
there are some of us out here.  That original post was a fantasy description,
if the flowers on hosta are to be trashed I have missed the boat.  After
working on some serious stuff all evening when I look at the hosta robin I
don't want to need all my defenses.  I'm with Dr. Z. here.  It may remain
really hard to talk to you guys so in time who will try.

Claire Peplowski
East Nassau, NY
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