2012 Top 100 Hosta - An Analysis?
First of all, I too thank you Paul very much for doing the 2012 Top 100 Hosta Poll! I enjoyed seeing the hosta list that others made, and I very much had looked forward to the results! They did not disappoint!
I was wondering whether anyone would like to comment on the results, that is, comparing the new poll with the 2008 one?
Looking at only the top 30 or so, here is what I noticed:
(1) June, Liberty and Sagae remained at the top of the list.
(2) There were a few that took a large drop in popularity and they were: Thunderbolt, Great Expectations, Gold Standard and Sun Power.
(3) There were many hostas that drastically rose in popularity and they were: Regal Splendor, Earth Angel, Dream Queen, Queen of the Seas, Cathedral Windows, Journey's End, Stained Glass, Rainforest Sunrise, Olive Bailey Langdon, and First Frost.
(4) I believe Atlantis, Golden Meadows and Dancing Queen were now newly added to the list.
Now I may have made some errors, so if I did, please correct me.
Because I am new to hostas, I don't have enough experience to really comment on changes in the poll. I do know that there have been a lot of new introductions. Also, I suspect that marketing plays an important role. The HOTY hostas are certainly made available (perhaps more so than others). I am one of the ones who is able to grow GE and feel that its drastic drop is due to the fact that it is a slow grower and many have not had success with it. I feel that if more people could grow it, they would, and it would rank higher on the poll. Also the look-a-likes (Dream Queen and Dream Weaver) have put less demand on GE.
Anyone else want to add their observations?