Pic of the Day--A Many-splendored Thing

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Pic of the Day--A Many-splendored Thing

Postby Hank Zumach » Jul 19, 2007 10:33 am

Hi All--In the titanic struggle among hosta pros to come up with the variety name that would be first in catalog lists, the originator of 'Aardvark' must have felt proudly smug. But creativity apparently knows no bounds in the world of hosta pros. How else can we explain the name 'A Many-splendored Thing'? Who would have thought that most computers consider a blank space to come before an 'A' in the alphabet? A hosta pro, that's who. BUT WAIT! An even more ingenious hosta pro came along with 'A B-10 Bomber' to move to the top of the catalog list! BUT WAIT! Who but a real pro amongst hosta pros would know that most computers put numbers before the letters of the alphabet? And so......"A 10 Hut' has found its way to the coveted top of the list of hosta varieties.


Even though it has fallen to third on the list 'A Manysplendored Thing' has behaved like a pretty darned good variety since I got it in 2002. Its attractive foliage even lives up to its name, at least in the first half of the season before its yellow coloring fades to a creamy white. Growing in a spot that gets little direct sun, it has had a steady, dependable growth rate. Its measurements have been 12x5, 19x7, 32x11, 35x14, 42x15 and 43x17. Lemke's Data Base, which gives the registration information, lists it at 43x24. The pix are from 2002, 2004 and 2007.

Registry - http://www.hostaregistrar.org/detail.ph ... ed%20Thing
MyHostas - http://myhostas.be/db/hostas/A+Many-splendored+Thing
Hosta Library - http://www.hostalibrary.org/a/amany.html

A Many-splendored Thing 6-24-02c 117.jpg

A Many-splendored Thing 7-8-04c.JPG

A Many-splendored Thing 6-25-07c 059.jpg
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Postby wishiwere » Jul 19, 2007 11:07 am

Very nice!

Hank? What is the light green cover around this? It doesn't fight with the hosta for room? IS this a ground cover, I assume? How do you keep it from enveloping your hosta?
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Postby Tigger » Jul 19, 2007 11:47 am

Hank,

The late Ed Elslager is responsible for the first seven (alphabetically) registered hosta names. (see hostaregistrar.org) A Many-Splendored Thing is #6 on that list. (not all are shown at hostalibrary)

He is also responsible for the last two registered names, 'Zydeco' (at least that's a real word) and 'ZZZZ, A Sleeping Beauty'. Ugh. Can you say obsessive? And can you believe that the registrar allowed such foolishness?

I'd wager A Many-Splendored Thing is the best of the lot.
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Postby Jaspersail » Jul 19, 2007 4:42 pm

Tigger wrote:He is also responsible for the last two registered names, 'Zydeco' (at least that's a real word) and 'ZZZZ, A Sleeping Beauty'. Ugh. Can you say obsessive? And can you believe that the registrar allowed such foolishness?


Actually, I believe it's "Zzzz" with initial caps--the registrar refused the name until Ed showed him the word in a dictionary.

Also, he didn't think "A 10-Hut" was registerable as a bastardization of "Atten", a military call to attention.

Ed did all of this with a big smile--he thought it was silly that people took naming so seriously.

Lastly, I'd take 'A B-1 Bomber' over any of 'em any day! Here are three plants I got from Ed's yard sale in June, including 'A B-1 Bomber'.

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Postby Hank Zumach » Jul 19, 2007 6:33 pm

Jane--That ground cover is sedum 'Acre'. As a ground cover it is OK but rather aggressive. It has a low enough profile that it does not override any hostas except minis or very small ones. The shade canopy of most hosta varieties keeps the sedum from encroaching onto the hosta crown area.

Dave--Thanks for the correction. If I'm still doing the POTD a year from now, I'll use your information.
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Postby newtohosta-no more » Jul 19, 2007 10:38 pm

Interesting info about the names and your AMST is beautiful, Hank! I've always liked this one too, but everytime I go out and weed around it I find myself humming "Love is a Many Splendored thing"! :lol:
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Postby Hank Zumach » Jul 20, 2007 9:30 am

Joan--Just wait for about 10 days when I do the plant "Satisfaction". You'll probalby find yourself doing a Mick Jagger imitation. :lol:
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Postby Tigger » Jul 20, 2007 4:42 pm

On 'Zzzz, A Sleeping Beauty':
The hosta 'Sleeping Beauty' was at our local nursery today. I don't think I'd ever seen it. Turns out it was registered by Walters Gardens in 1997, five years before Ed's 'Zzzz…' Now I'm really puzzled as to why the registrar allowed the name; you wouldn't call that confusing?

'Sleeping Beauty' looks nice; similar to 'Turnabout' that we bought recently.
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