2014 Hosta of the Year Abiqua Drinking Gourd

hostamanphilNovember 1, 2012

The last hosta of the year entry. Thanks to everyone who posted pics and for the nice comments. ADG sets the standard for cupping along with it's blue green corrugated leaves. Last one so let's see all your pics. Phil

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Gesila(MI Z5)

3rd Year hosta:

    Bookmark   November 1, 2012 at 8:45AM
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Jon 6a SE MA

I am surprised that the 2014 HOTY is already chosen.

One year old; from my minor contribution to hh's leaf thread. I look forward to seeing it reach its potential in a few years.


    Bookmark   November 1, 2012 at 8:46AM
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Beautiful. I didn't know this was the one for 2014. How far ahead do they pick anyway? Mine is from 2007. It's been slow as compared to Love Pat but I do love the color.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2012 at 12:45PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

The American Hosta Growers Assoc needs to be a couple years ahead in their selections so that they can make sure that the HOTY will be widely available for about $15.


    Bookmark   November 1, 2012 at 12:54PM
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Not 100% certain and need a little help from the pros to determine if this is, in fact, Abiqua Drinking Gourd. It was never labelled. What do you think, Experts?

    Bookmark   November 1, 2012 at 9:13PM
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ADG is one of my favorites. Here's a pic of mine from 2011. It was planted in 2007 and I moved the hostas around it this Fall to give it a bit more room.


    Bookmark   November 1, 2012 at 9:59PM
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MadPlanter1 zone 5

Finally, one I have a picture of! I'll have to get out and take more pictures next year, never have anything to contribute. This ABG has been planted quite a while and is fully mature. It should probably be moved; it's under an ash tree, and the leaves are always full of twigs and ash seeds. ABG is a lovely hosta, but it does collect dirt and gunk.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 10:15AM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

Babka takes photos about the first of May every year. That way, she had a yearly progression as they mature. I followed her example this year and had plenty of photos to post. May is when they look their best, so the photos are pretty good. Previously, I only seemed to take photos when I had a problem. So, now I have some nice photos.


    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 11:57AM
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MadPlanter1 zone 5

Ah - GREAT idea. I just got a 2013 calendar, will put a "take hosta photos" note on May 1. I do photograph the garden, but usually shots of the beds, not individual hostas.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 8:51PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

I cannot take credit for taking individual hosta photos at the same time every year. Hank Zumach did it (he took his in June when they were at their peak in his neck of the woods) years ago and that is what inspired me, and Papou, and many others. It doesn't always happen here in California that first week in May, but I aim for just taking photos one day during that month. I don't necessarily go for "beauty shots", just have the featured hosta in the center of the photo to document them. If one looks spectacular (to me) during the year I take a "beauty shot" then.

MadPlanter1- Your fully leafed out first flush is probably later...like June?????


    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 10:31PM
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