Hosta By Kelley

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It Was My Parents Who First Introduced Me to Hosta Growing ...

I think it was 1996 when my parents arrived on my door step and said, "We have something for you."  What they had were the Hosta Blue Cadet, Golden Tiara, Ginko Graig, and sieboldiana Elegans.  In hindsight Elegens was probably givin to me because my mother had been introduced to Hosta from my Uncle Rod(ney) with this variety years before.  Before she knew the proper name of this hosta she would refer to it as 'sieboldiana Rod'.

My first response was: "What do I do with them?" As I knew plants could either be vegetables or landscaping medium.

My father's response was (as he did not realize what I was thinking), "YOU PLANT them."

We did get them planted that summer day and they grew.  At that time I didn't realize there were hundreds of varieties available.  Over the years everyone who knows me knows I grow them with passion.  Here it is 21 years later; I'm still have hosta in the same raised bed; they still keep doing interesting things; and every spring I have to stop and think that it was my parents who started all of this.  My parents are still alive and nearing their 90's.  And so ... I say ... "Thank you for starting me on this wondrous journey with plants.  Happy Spring to the both of you!"


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Photo taken March 2017 on my mother's 83rd birthday.  Father turned 90 during April.  Photo taken by my sister, Anne Kelley Twiss.


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Plant Name Menu Codes:

In Gardner's collection:  green.

In Collection but is an unregistered sport: BLUE.

Past Plants that are no longer in the collection: Brown.