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Re: Hosta Flowers

Chick wrote:
> OK, OK,  I give up.  Hosta flowers are beautiful.  What could I have
> been thinking?
> There is a noisy crowd outside right now with torches threatening to
> drag me from my house and burn me at the stake for hosta heresy.  I have
> insulted the glory of the hosta and a fatwa has been issued calling for
> my head.
> Come on guys, you don't scare me.  The fact remains, regardless of your
> protestations, my beloved genus hosta has a very ordinary flower at
> best.
> I'm not saying that they are ugly.  Very few flowers are ugly.  I'm just
> saying to anyone who tells me that hosta flowers are beautiful, have you
> ever seen a dahlia? A hibiscus? Ever looked closely at a snapdragon?
> Come on guys, if hosta flowers aren't ordinary, what is.  Even petunias
> have ten times the character of a hosta flower.
> Yes, a mass of lancifolia is beautiful.  So is a mass of dandelions.
> Name me one significant flower that isn't beautiful in mass.  Yes, there
> are some hostas that have interesting flowers - when compared to other
> hostas.  Except for hosta collectors, not one person in a million would
> choose a hosta flower over a daylily.  OK,  maybe if you choose the best
> hosta flower and put it up against the worst daylily flower, people
> would choose the hosta, but if that's the best argument you can come up
> with, I win.
> For those of you who are not yet convinced, and I'm sure there are many,
> I offer this challenge.  Make a list of the qualities you would like to
> see bred into hosta flowers, what are the goals that hosta breeders
> should be striving for to make hosta flowers more beautiful.  Then take
> that list and show it to daylily breeder, or a dahlia breeder, even a
> chrysanthemum breeder and compare it to what they are striving for.  And
> it's not just that their goals make ours seem rather humble, its that
> they will probably reach theirs, and I see no evidence of significant,
> and I emphasize significant, improvement in hosta flowers short of
> genetic manipulation.
> I rest my case and await your next volley.
> Chick
> Oh God, the mob is growing angrier and they're throwing their torches on
> my roof!
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This is what you get for so much honest opnion.  Last year I said thet 
Here , in the north east,  Golden Tiara, was a lot less than the best 
Hosta!!  Boy  I still have the rope marks on my neck !!  By the way 
-----------I just love many Hosta flowers.
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