What's your hosta story?
How did you get into hosta? When did you realize that you have an addiction?
Over twenty years ago when I was in my mid twenties I liked to garden. I believed that you needed lots of direct sunlight so I cut down as many trees as I could to grow sun loving annuals and perennials. I had one dark shady spot under two mammoth Pin Oak tree that I wasn't allowed to touch. Nothing would grow there. I was introduced to hosta and bought a dozen varieties. I memorized their names since I did that with all of the common and Latin names of my perennials.
Over the next two decades I lived in a couple other places and I always took my hosta with me but I never bought anymore. After living in this current house for 10 years it allowed the original hosta I bought long ago time to mature, my Samual Blue became enormous. Grass wouldn't grow here so I decided to go look at some hosta in the summer of 2009. I bought 40 new varieties from a local trusted hosta nursery. I didn't know what HVX was until I got on this forum. I learned about it very quickly. I am kind of grateful that I missed the coming of HVX and the whole process where no one knew what was happening. There is still much they don't know about it but at least there is enough known now that a person can take precautions and change their gardening habits to reduce the risk of infection.
I went from 12 varieties in the Spring of 2009 up to 260 varieties now. I bought 20 new ones a month ago and have 8 more on order. I realized after the first 40 new ones in two decades that I was in trouble. Hi, my name is Frank and I am a hostaholic!