How a Giant does things
I've been in the world of hosta people for only a few years now, but I'd observed the interaction of the nursery folks and the hostaphiles who frequented them, and the way the AHS was entwined through the ranks of both. This week, I was on the receiving end of an act of generosity and kindness that left me speechless--and that does not happen too often. Since Tuesday I have held this act of generosity close to savor it privately, in the heart of my garden.
Who would not want a Dorothy Benedict? Who would not treasure a Sally And Bob? Well, both are HERE. They are HERE! Because a Giant sent them to me out of the blue!
Jeff Miller of Land Of The Giants sent them overnight express and they came Tuesday morning. When he called to make sure I'd be home, he said he was sending a "present" .... never saying more than that....so when my DH brought the box to me, imagine my surprise to remove the protective wrapping and have standing before me a giant sized Sally And Bob, multi eyed, with three scapes emerging from the leaves, ready to go to work making streaked babies in south Alabama.
Okay? That was amazing. Then the smaller bundle yielded an even greater surprise. A DOROTHY BENEDICT? Oh you have to be sitting down for that one! Such an amazing gift, such a significant hosta. There she was, in my hand, mine to grow, mine to hug if I want to.
That was Tuesday morning. The two star hosta immediately went into pots and each sits on a bistro chair in the heart of the garden....where normally my DH and I take our Saturday evening champagne. They were surprised to be immersed in a humid world of spanish moss and camellias and blooming jasmine, but like royalty they dealt with it.
Here they are, first public appearance. Treasured symbols of the kindness and generosity of true Giants of the hosta world.
(Ms.) Dorothy Benedict
Sally And Bob