Make your case for Top 100.....

paul_in_mn(4b)July 21, 2012

So you reviewed the results and think how did this wonderful hosta not make the Top 100. I mean it only takes 3 votes to make top 100.... you only have to convince 1 or 2 more people....

Make your case for top 100 (or Top 25), what did you see that everyone else missed. Let's have a little fun with this....be a little over the top.

I have one I'll campaign for...I just have to stir the creative juices a bit first.

Paul

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paul_in_mn(4b)


I present for your consideration the amazing - 'Ginsu Knife, it can cut thru a vole, yet still sharp enough to slice a slug paper thin. "How much would you pay? Don't answer!" You also get the ginsu pot and ginsu soil. "But wait there's more" - split it in two and you get two for the price of one. They would have named it the Amazing flowing cascading mound of goodness but it was too long for the form. "But wait there's more", put it with Teaspoon, Clear Fork River Valley, Abiqua Drinking Gourd and Blue Plate Special to create the Amazing Grace theme garden. Looks great in a pot. It's what Pineapple Upsidedown Cake hopes to be when it grows up.

"Call now! Operators are standing by!"

Paul

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 4:06PM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Interesting choice. I like Ginsu Knife, but I wonder how much substance it has with the leaves that drape in that manner. Tell me how it does when you take it away from the safety of your deck and put it in your garden.

A much better choice would be Stingray. It will stick a spike right in the heart of Ginsu Knife. Here is your picture of it in the Larsen Garden.

Notice how roomy it is. Allowing you to plant underneath the arching rippled leaves.

Here's mine in only its second year in my garden.

Notice the montana shaped leaves that arch, ripple and have a leaf tip curl. Oh and you want flowers? Look at this flower bracht.

The only reason this was not a top 100 Hosta is that it has never been marketed. I don't even know if it has been TC'd. You have to work hard to find one and thus unlike a lot of the carp that ended up in the top 100, it doesn't get mentioned. Find it. It's worth it.

Steve

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 5:48PM
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evermore_gw z 4/5 NB

This is a great idea, Paul. I had been thinking for some time that people need to pay more attention to H. Paradise Joyce. The most popular hosta this year was June, but what about her sister? Paradise Joyce, like June, is a sport of Halcyon, the mighty parent of so many great hostas. June is English; Joyce is Dutch. Otherwise they share a lot in common. I particularly like the pale yellow phase, with the Halcyon-type blue edge. As with many here, June is among my top twenty, but I like Joyce just as much. She deserves more attention!

Paradise Joyce (4th year)

Steve

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 6:56PM
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coll_123(5)

I must admit- I have a bias towards hosta with more substance. The thin ones just don't stand a chance in my sluggy yard so they'd never make my tops list.

Ok, I will make the case for Manhattan, which wasn't on the top 100 list but is easily in the top three of my garden. It has lots of texture, good enough substance, pie crust edges, and lovely reddish purple flowers. Oh, and I've been quite happy with the growth rate to boot.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 9:50PM
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paul_in_mn(4b)

I think color contrast of bloom to leaves on Manhattan is one of my favorite.

Paul

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 9:54PM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Coll,

How much sun for your Manhattan? The growth rate on mine is slow, but I love the leaves and flowers. That big one that Paul took a picture of in one of the Midwest Convention gardens, was stunning. I should have voted for this one.

This is mine in year 2. I consider this slow.

Steve

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 9:03AM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Aw, c'mon, be fair, Alvatine Taylor coulda been a contender.

Close up...

Whole plant...

As it plays with others...

tj

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 8:08PM
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coll_123(5)

Steve, my Manhattan is in what I would call bright shade...a few bits of direct sun mid day. I think your two year old looks great- the puckering is starting. I bet it will start to impress you next year. Mine is four years old and was about the same size as yours at that age.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 10:54PM
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hostahillbilly(4)

What? Manhattan didn't make the top 100? Skews the accuracy of the results!

hh

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 11:41PM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

What could be prettier on your deck than a nice pot of So Sweet? She comes up with apple green leaves and a golden edge. She rises early, so she's in full leaf by mid March. Not only is she early, but, She's vibrant as she emerges. She has that look of "class" that draws your eye, like Jackie Kennedy. She's not flashy, but perfectly symmetrical and crisply defined while the other hosta are struggling to put out their leaves.

Within a few weeks, she's has made her metamorphous from golden beauty into a perfect, tight, rich, vibrant. green hosta with white edges. It stands tall, tight and beautiful - week after week. It never hiccups. It is this lovely cascading mound of green and white with perfect symmetry.

By midsummer, she's sending up scapes. The scapes never droop, but always stand at attention. The near white flowers open up into a perfect star shape. She's generous with her flowers, too. The fragrance is almost citrusy and especially lovely in the evening.


As the season winds down, and the other hosta start looking raggedy, she still looks good. She holds her shape and color well into the fall. And best of all.....she doesn't mind the sun or the heat.

Everyone should have a So Sweet. If Aden really bred this one, he did well.

bkay

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 7:26PM
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