Anyone up for having fun at the hosta library auctions?

flower_frenzy(8a)September 18, 2013

I know I am! Naylor Creek is doing an end of year special through September 27th, if anyone's interested. Similar to their Labor Day special, for those of you who missed it. Knowing this group, I'm sure many of you are already there! Lol

Here is a link that might be useful: Hosta Library Auction

This post was edited by flower-frenzy on Wed, Sep 18, 13 at 14:59

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don_in_colorado

I'd love to, but...

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 7:51PM
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jan_on zone 5b

Finally a picture - we'll all recognize you when next we meet!
Jan

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 8:07PM
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don_in_colorado

LOL I'm not nearly that handsome, Jan!

Don B.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 8:10PM
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jadie88(7 MD)

I'm so with you Don. With my first hosta shopping season coming to a close, I'm cash poor, but hosta RICH. Wa-hoo!

Thanks for the heads up anyway, FF. I didn't know about the Labor Day auction event, and thanks to you I'll watch for any hostas I can't resist...

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 9:11PM
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jadie88(7 MD)

Come to think of it, I do have a general question about the auction...

Naylor's sale specifies that if you buy 4 auctions, you get free shipping, etc. What time frame are they talking about? Do you just keep shopping for a few days and then ask Naylor to "ring you up?" when you're done (aka broke)?

I have wondered this about combined shipping before as well...is it typical to win auctions over a multi-day period and have them shipped together? Otherwise it seems shipping fees would really kill the auction's value.

Sorry to tack this question on to your thread, FF, but I figured it was on-topic...?

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 9:20PM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

Don-so glad to finally put a face with the name! Lol

Jadie-Naylor Creek lets you keep shopping through the 27th and you pay for everything in one payment. Nice of them....but for us "hostaholics" pretty dangerous! One can rack up quite a bill unless everything is kept track of VERY carefully!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 10:55PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Oh me, I wish I could, but there are some fragrant hosta given top priority. And I am in the midst of planning winter dormancy right now. I want to consolidate my "collection" (I hate to say that because I'm just a gardener, not a collector) and make sure I know every hosta I own before I take on more.

Too much too soon, and I blew my mind....the day I received 4 very large orders, I heard little screws falling off the gears in my brain, and I haven't been right since. But I've browsed the auction right enough. Just with my DH counting pots, it has hampered my free nature. :) The man is a marvel with big numbers, don't cha know.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 11:53PM
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jadie88(7 MD)

Thank you FlowerFrenzy!

    Bookmark   September 20, 2013 at 11:10AM
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funnthsun z7A - Southern VA

Just with my DH counting pots, it has hampered my free nature. :) The man is a marvel with big numbers, don't cha know

Mocc, that is soooo funny! My hubby would be the exact same way, but, lucky for me, he never gets around to actually counting!

I've been doing a little auction surfing/shopping myself. I think I'm up to 7 of Naylors now. I find it very hard to resist the new ones, I seem to want to try them all out! I am apparently the opposite of those that want only the tried and true. I just love trialing them myself, I'm messed up like that. Excited to get them, we shall see if they find any new friends before the week is out!

    Bookmark   September 20, 2013 at 9:56PM
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funnthsun z7A - Southern VA

Oh, crud, apparently I'm up to 8. Forgot about one and just got an email. Man, I've got to stay off of that site!

    Bookmark   September 20, 2013 at 10:01PM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

Tell me about it! I've got to stay off of there as well...I'm up to 10! Though, if you buy 10, they give you free shipping plus 20% off your order. It's a good deal because it only works out to be about $10 more than when I had 8 because they only give you 10% off of 4-9 plants.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2013 at 10:40PM
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smithstudios71(5)

Ohhhh...I can't stop! I am up to 7 for the 10%! I am glad I have a birthday coming up! I am hoping to trade these in so I won't feel so bad(plus the other 50 varieties I have gained this year!)

Funnthsun-how many are you up to now?

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 10:11PM
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don_in_colorado

Go, Smithstudios, go!!

Don B.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 10:42PM
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jadie88(7 MD)

I'd love to know what you bid on! We're there any that "got away?" :)

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 12:55AM
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smithstudios71(5)

I bought
Key West
Frozen Margarita
Regal Supreme
Rockets Red Glare
Smash Hit
Stephen King
and am currently bidding on Ben Vernooij

I lost on Riviera Sunset

I would like to have bought
Roseanne Walters
Heat Wave
Afterglow
Olympic Edger
Battle Star
Laura Lanier
and a few others I don't remember the names of off the top of my head.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 3:15AM
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jadie88(7 MD)

Oh, it's still going on then? I thought the 27th was the end of the event.

I had to look up Smash Hit...it looks like a great one! A wider margined sport of Orange Marmalade. It's tetraploid, 'Forbidden Fruit' has been on my list. They seem similar...

Also, Ben Vernooij is so dramatically beautiful in photos! I ordered 'Autumn Frost,' its look-alike. I read in some thread that BV has thicker leaves than AF. Very cool!

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 6:19AM
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funnthsun z7A - Southern VA

Smithstudios,

Uhhh, can I plead the 5th on this one? LOL, last count was 22 (wanted the 30% discount!) and I have a bid on one that hasn't closed yet. Here's my list:

Paradise Joyce
Smokey Mountains
Monsoon
Alligator Alley
Tea Time
Sherborne Swift
Touch of Frost
Smash Hit
Alvatine Taylor
Sacramento
Waukon Water
Heat Wave
Silver Serenity
Dream Queen
Cold Heart
Velvet Moon
High Tide
Snow Boy
Riviera Sunset
Lakeside Cupcake
Smokey Bear
Smoke Signals

Lots of potting up coming soon!

Ahhhh, so YOU were the one bidding against me on Riviera Sunset, Smith! :)

This post was edited by funnthsun on Sat, Sep 28, 13 at 8:46

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 8:41AM
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funnthsun z7A - Southern VA

Forgot to say, I wanted Snow Boy but lost the bid on that one. Bidders were going crazy on that and actually exceeded the posted website price, so I dropped a line to Naylor and asked if they had an extra for me. They said Yes! Happy that I got that one.

Blarney Stone got away. Didn't love it enough to bid out 2 other people. Wanted Afterglow, but it looks like the bidding is getting fierce on that one, as well.

That's my one that almost got away, my one that definately did and my one that I'm still undecided on whether I want to compete or not.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 8:56AM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Well, I got my After Glow last year at FirstLook12. It arrived late in May. I think it was Walters which donated it as a TC plant to the auction which I then won. This is the latest portrait taken in August this year.

There is an Afterglow in the Hosta Library which is not the same as this After Glow. I was confused about that originally, because sometimes the word separation is confused, and speaking it, of course sounds the same too.
My After Glow is from Climax. I think the auction is for the same hosta too.

And here is its parent, Climax, in June this year in bloom.

Good substance, good slug resistance, and a vigorous style.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 11:01AM
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funnthsun z7A - Southern VA

yep, the one in the auction is from Climax. I didn't realize there were two different ones, though!

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 12:02PM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

I guess this is the place to come and confess my latest hosta sins! I bought duplicates of some that I'm already growing because I'm an impatient gardener and wanted bigger looking plants next year. My grand total is 12 hostas. They are:

3 'Justine'
1 'Dream Weaver'
1 'Tickle Me Pink'
1 'Sunset Grooves'
1 'Cold Heart'
1 ' Kiwi Full Monty'
1 'Moon Dance'
1 'Hippodrome'
1 'Liberty'
1 'Sunshine Glory'

I'm already growing ''Dream Weaver', 'Cold Heart' and 'Liberty' so those are duplicates for me. The 3 'Justine' are going into a hosta border in the front of the house. Believe it or not, I don't grow any of the 'Striptease' family of hostas, so I'm especially excited about 'Kiwi Full Monty'. I ordered 'White Bikini' from Hallson's this year, so that'll make 2 hostas from that family. I foresee lots of digging, planting and sweating in my near future!

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 2:24PM
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hostahosta

I'm ashamed to admit that I have you all beat. I bought a total of 41 Naylor Creek plants off the auction. (6 before they announced the special). a few were for my Mom, but the rest for me. I've been planting some new beds this year, so had lots of space for new ones. I also went crazy at local nurseries and garden centers this year. On the auction I tried not to bid if someone else already had a bid on a particular plant. Thankfully, many I wanted there were multiple plants on auction.

I'm really curious about one though: before Labor Day there was one Lime Smoothie on the auction. Beautiful with wide creamy/gold margins. Price rose quickly and I stepped out. Did anyone get that one? I'd love to see pictures of it.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 3:23PM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

Hostahosta-Wow...41!!!!! That's a lot! I have to admit it, though. If I had the space I'd be right in there with you. I like to think that I "controlled" myself, but the truth is I just don't have anywhere to put them. I'm going to have to start renting space at the neighbor's house if I don't stop soon!

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 4:17PM
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don_in_colorado

Nothing to be ashamed of; You wanted some more hosta before the end of the growing season, and you got some.

Please feel free to confess your sins in detail: Which ones did you get, Hostahosta?

Don B.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 5:43PM
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smithstudios71(5)

funnthsun, yeah it was me, but once I seen you wanted it I stopped bidding

I would love to order more, Laura Lanier, Battle Star, but I have a marriage to consider! :)

Looks like they went crazy for Afterglow!

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 6:10PM
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funnthsun z7A - Southern VA

OK, auction just closed on Ben Vernooij, so added that one to my list. That gets me to 23 and I am done!

Jadie, did you get the other Ben Vernooij? I am excited about that one, very cool hosta!

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 7:08PM
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bernd ny zone5

It is dangerous to read a thread like this and look at the Library Auction. Last winter I figured all spaces in my garden were taken, but I still ordered around 25. Now it starts again. Now I just removed wild bushes and trees and have another 50x3 ft area to plant at the back fence - I should have never done that. Even a month ago I had decided to simplify my garden to help my back and knee. In one month I will sow hosta seeds in the basement to do winter gardening - but then there will be all those hosta seedlings.
I have to be strong and say "NO". But I understand how some people here got into 1000 different cultivars.
Have a good one!
Bernd

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 7:29PM
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hostahosta

Sounds like everyone had a lot of fun with the auction special. Thanks to Naylor Creek.

I can't list all that I got but here are a few:

Sweet Innocence
Blue Maui
Irish Luck
Seducer
Lakeside Midnight Miss
Waukon Water and Glass and Thin Ice
Gone with the Wind
Smokey Bear
Sunset Grooves
Heatwave
Bamm Bamm Blue
Sunshine Glory
Lily Blue Eyes
Her Eyes Were Blue
Dark Shadows
Kiwi Full Monty
Summer Breeze
Pewterware
Humpbacked Whale

How many was that? Can't wait to see them next year. I'd post some pics, but for some reason can't upload pics to the forum right now. Hate computers when they don't do what I want!

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 7:45PM
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smithstudios71(5)

Here is my list from Naylor Creek

Key West
Frozen Margarita
Regal Supreme
Rockets Red Glare
Smash Hit
Stephen King
Ben Vernooij

I was going to say I can't wait to see BV, SK and SH in person, but who am I kidding, I can't wait to see them all! Wednesday won't get here soon enough.

and here is my list for the damage to the wallet for the year and also to my wife's distaste for Hostas, some I brought with me from the house and there is also another dozen NOIDs.

American Halo
August Moon
Barbara Ann
Blue Angel
Blue Flame
Blue Mouse Ears
Brother Stephan
Cathedral Windows
Cherry Berry
Dream Queen
Earth Angel
Elvis Lives
Fire & Ice
First Frost
Fortunei Hyacinthina
Fragrant Dream
Francee
Frances Williams
Fried Bananas
Fried Green Tomatoes
Ginko Craig
Gold Standard
Golden Tiara
Great Expectatoins
Guacamole
Hadspen Blue
Halcyon
Honeybells
June
Krossa Regal
Lakeside Cupcake
Lancifolia
Liberty
Minuteman
montana Aureomarginata
Night Before Christmas
Olive Branch
Orange Marmalade
Paradigm
Patriot
Paul's Glory
Pilgrim
Praying Hands
Rainforest Sunrise
Regal Splendor
Revolution
Royal Standard
Sagae
Seducer
Shirley Vaughn
Sieboldiana Elegans
So Sweet
Stained Glass
Striptease
Sum & Substance
Summer Fragrance
Sun Power
Tokudama
Twighlight
Undulata Albomarginata
Undulata Unitada
Undulata Variegata
Wheee
Whirlwind
Wide Brim
Winter Snow
Wolverine
Yellow River

There is one I wish I would have been able to get this year though, Avocado. It is first on my list for next year, which goes something like this, so far.

Avacado
Fragrant Queen
Rainbow's End
Pot of Gold
Tattoo
Ruffed Up
Mojito
Cervesa
Summer Lovin
Theo's Blue
Neptune
Capt. Kirk
Vulcan
Leading Lady
Gin and Tonic
Athena
Abba Dabba Do
Abana
Abba Dabba Darling
Garden Party
Victory

Sorry for the hijack!

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 10:21PM
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funnthsun z7A - Southern VA

Smith, I have Tattoo, Summer Lovin' and also Mourning Dove on my list for next year. Tattoo is just so expensive at Plant Delights, which is who registered it and also local to me. I'm gonna wait and try to get it next year at a better price!

    Bookmark   September 29, 2013 at 9:08AM
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jadie88(7 MD)

Fun, I didn't get the other BV, but I did get Autumn Frost. I'd love to see them side by side! I would have held out for BV, but I thought Friday was the last day for the sale, so I wrapped it up.

Thanks to my generous and enabling Mother in Love, I ended up with ten exciting additions:

Cold Heart
Sleeping Star
Clear Fork River Valley
Waukon Water
Blue Jay
Smash Hit
June Spirit
Her Eyes Were Blue
High Tide

Can't wait!

    Bookmark   September 29, 2013 at 3:23PM
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don_in_colorado

If you got 'Autumn Frost', you're still doin' OK. 'Autumn Frost' and 'Ben Vernooij' may be the same plant.

Don B.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2013 at 4:32PM
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funnthsun z7A - Southern VA

They say that ben vernooij has much thicker leaves and is a slower grower than Autumn Frost. I have AF, so I'll be able to compare the two soon.

I see that several of us bagged Cold Heart, I'm pretty excited about that one. It seems very unique.

One of The Boys said that they are expecting pretty bad weather this weekend, high winds and heavy rains but they're still working hard packing up all of our orders. He said they would probably lose power and it takes forever to get it back on b/c they are so rural. Poor guys!

    Bookmark   September 29, 2013 at 5:07PM
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jadie88(7 MD)

I received my auction order today! It was my first time buying from Naylor, and I am super impressed. Nice heavy roots, multiple divisions...even the leaves are looking way better than they have any right to look in October. :) I was planting and potting past sundown, so I will have some tweaking to do tomorrow morning. I will try to post photos tomorrow (though I guess they've already been up on the auction...) I am especially loving Sleeping Star (I could gaze at her for hours!), Autumn Frost, June Spirit, Cold Heart, and CFRV.

Don, as I have been googling around for pictures of some of my new additions, your sad, penniless hostaholic photo keeps popping up on the search results. Makes me chuckle every time!

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 11:38PM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

I got my order today as well. It's always so exciting getting packages in the mail, especially ones full of hostas! I'll try to post pics tomorrow, too. I've got some in the ground already and 6 more to pot up mañana.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2013 at 12:34AM
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funnthsun z7A - Southern VA

Got mine yesterday, too. Headed out now to do some heavy potting (LOL! Am I the only one that finds that phrase funny?)

    Bookmark   October 3, 2013 at 9:14AM
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smithstudios71(5)

I got mine yesterday, also. The box looked like someone had sat on it, but the Hostas looked great. I was prepared and waiting. I had buckets for soaking, soil mixed and pots ready to go. I actually met the mailman at the road.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2013 at 9:53AM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

Waaaaaa, wailing here in despair because I can't join in!
Aside from waiting for Bruce's Aphrodite to bloom, this is the most anticipated thread for me since it involves some serious hosta shopping, lol.

You all scored BIG ... I'm so looking forward to pics, please?

Jamie...how lucky for you to get a Sleeping Star..I kind of remember a post about it...have it on my want list. I also have a new June Spirit...it'll be nice to compare growing notes. :-)

FF...you said you were already growing Cold Heart...I missed out on it this year as it was sold out..."lime colour with corrugation" got my heart racing...is it doing well in your garden? I would really love to see a pic of it if at all possible, please?

All of you on this thread sound like the "A Team" of Acquisitions!!!

I really got caught up in your excitement...thanks for sharing. :-)

Jo

    Bookmark   October 3, 2013 at 11:01AM
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flower_frenzy(8a)

Jo-yes, I'm already growing 'Cold Heart', but I bought another plant from the auction as well. The one Naylor sent had 4 eyes, so I should have a decent show next year. I can't tell if it's a good grower yet. The one I had didn't put on any new growth, hence the reason I bought an extra plant. I'll take pics today and post them.

Sorry you didn't get to participate this year. There's always next year, though!

    Bookmark   October 3, 2013 at 12:33PM
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growlove(zone4 Ia.)

Interesting thread. I was unaware of an auction so interested to learn how it works and if the price you folks pay is more or less than what you would pay in the Spring. Sometimes in an auction, folks who are bidding against each other end up bidding the item out of sight. Having said that, must admit I am a little envious as I see the long lists of purchased hostas. So many I have never seen or heard of. Wow! Have a list made for Spring. Glad to see I am not alone in my addiction. Mary

    Bookmark   October 5, 2013 at 8:23PM
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