2019 Big Bid Items

These were the items that brought the highest bids ($150+) at the
2019 AHS On-Line Auction.

2019 AHS Online Auction Results & Summary

 

H. 'Marshfield Harbormaster' OS (R. Goodenough) H. 'Marshfield Harbormaster'

The winning bidder will receive a mature division of Rick Goodenough’s recent introduction, H. ‘Marshfield Harbormaster’.

Marshfield Harbormaster is a looker. It is a streaked blue leafed, lavender/red petioled medium sized hosta which commands attention in the garden. The red goes from the petioles up into the leaf base and into the leaf back. Testing for breeding is underway and it is proven fertile both ways. Rick hopes to see greater quantities of viable seed produced as the plant matures. Seedlings from 2018 are currently growing under lights.

‘Marshfield Harbormaster’ is a beautiful garden plant and was selected as the best seedling out of Rick’s 2013 cross of ‘Painted Desert’ x ‘Poseidon’s Chariot’. Photos of Painted Desert are on the Hosta Library and ‘Poseidon’s Chariot’ is Rick’s blue crimped edged hosta out of his cross of (‘Neptune’ x ‘Fleet Week’).

‘Marshfield harbormaster’ is a one of a kind and this is the first piece to leave Rick's garden.

H. 'Big Hobber' OS (K. Sission) H. 'Big Hobber'

Hosta ‘Big Hobber' (OS NR) is a seldom-seen, very narrow sport of popular 'Sagae' that has a wide bright pale-yellow-margin. Found by Kathie Sission of Avon, Connecticut, whose superior, extensive hosta collection has been featured on tours by many horticultural societies. 'Big Hobber' (not registered) grows well due to the large mass of chlorophyll-making green tissue in the leaves.

A two-eye or better division is donated by Viktoria Serafin of Glenbrook Farm in Fultonville, New York. This hosta has never been sold but Kathy may have shared it with other friends besides Viktoria in the Northeast. The successful bidder must agree not to propagate, sell or share the plant without permission.

Whites’ Start Up Seedling Hybridizing Kit Whites’ Start Up Seedling Hybridizing Kit

You cannot go wrong with this offer of an 8 pack of 1st yr seedlings from Jeff and Marie. What to expect in the Kit are 4 nicely streaked and good growing streaked OP seedlings. They will be from 4 different pod parents.

The next 4 will be solid colored seedlings from hand crosses. They will choose 4 good growing seedlings from 4 different crosses. Possible choices that they are growing now are...

‘Neptune’ x ‘Violet Tarantula’, these are sibling seedlings to the very frosty blue one in the pic. They are seeds that Jeff had in the freezer and are growing well now. That seedling won Best in Class in last year’s HSG’s Seedling Competition for 1st Year Seedlings. I saw this seedling in the competition and was immediately captivated by the intensity of color, a high quality seedling! You might have heard that they lost ‘Violet Tarantula’ last winter to voles. Thank goodness for freezers and seed last years in them as ‘Violet Tarantula’ genetics would have been lost. They have several of those seeds growing and should be a good possibility that one similar to the pic will be sent.

You will have your choice of seedlings based upon photos that Jeff sends the winner as selection time arrives. That is an offer one rarely gets an opportunity to enjoy. ‘Joyride’ x ‘Maya Kingsnake’, ‘Giantland Banana Tree’ x ‘Skylight’, ‘Maya Kingsnake’ x ‘Designer Genes’, ‘Komodo Dragon’ x ‘Purple Verticulated Elf’, ‘Purple Boots’ x ‘Blue Dogwood’, ‘Joyride’ x ‘Designer Genes’, ‘Empress Wu’ x ‘Hotel California’, ‘Mantis’ x ‘Maya Kingsnake’, ‘High Tide’ x ‘Skylight’, and ‘Blue Dogwood’ x ‘Smokey Bear’ are examples of what you might expect.

H. 'Frilly Frolic' (D. Dean - 2015) H. 'Frilly Frolic'

H. ‘Frilly Frolic’ is a 2015 registration. It forms a flared mound 25 x 59” here when grown in heavy shade (more compact in ½ day or better sun) of leaves measuring 11 x 15”. A blue-green in spring that holds reasonably in heavier shade but gives out to green in more direct sun by mid-season.

Besides a beautiful clump it is an outstanding breeder for pie-crusted edges in blue, green and gold depending upon partner. By doubling up parents that both relay pie-crusted edges, parents are Sea Frolic x kiyosumiensis, you can take this one in several directions. Sea Frolic lends its blue breeding potential especially when crossed with better blues. It is fertile both directions, used primarily as a pollen parent thus far.

H. ‘Frilly Frolic’ is not in production and there are no plans to place it into production so supplies are very limited. This is the FOURTH piece to ever be offered and is obviously OS, drawing up to $300+. In order to allow me to continue to use this as a fundraiser for our plant societies the successful bidder must agree not to propagate, sell or share the plant without permission. A double or better division of field grown mature plant will be sent in the spring from Don Dean.

H. 'Crickett's Mountain Mist' (C. Bailey - 2017) H. 'Crickett's Mountain Mist'

Nearly round, blue-green leaves are handsomely misted and streaked with creamy white . Leaf edges roll up. Petioles are red spotted. Pale lavender flowers. Leaves are about 11 inches long by 10 inches wide. Mature clump size is about 24 inches high by 46 inches wide.

This new hosta is a sport of the highly acclaimed blue-green leaved H. 'Nancy Gill' (Kevin Vaughn - 2009) that was registered by Crickett Bailey of Jeffersonville, Vermont, in 2017. [Yeap! That's where the hosta's cultivar name comes from.]

H. 'Nancy Gill' is a seedling from H. 'Sum and Substance' x H. pycnophylla'. Hybridizing with S&S is difficult because S &S is a triploid (3-3-3) and H. pycnopylla is diploid. Successfully crossing a triploid with a diploid is usually very iffy.

H. 'Nancy Gill' was flow cytometric measured and found to be "almost triploid." It's an "aneuploid"; ploidy is 2.7-2.7-2.7 or 2.8-2.8-2.8. Nevertheless, 'Nancy Gill' acts like triploid S&S. Most likely 'Crickett's Mouintain Mist' has the same ploidy and acts similarly.

'Crickett's Mountain Mist' is a collector's hosta. There are few in gardens. The winner of this sport has full bragging rights to its very rare and unusual ploidy character.

A strong, mature, single division is being donated by the Giantland Team at Land of the Giants Hosta Farm in Milton, Wisconsin: Jeff Miller, Kathleen and newest member Danielle.

H. 'After Midnight' OS (R. Solberg - 2009) H. 'After Midnight'

There is a shaggy-dog story involved with this choice hosta.

It starts with the late Mildred Seaver's old, highly regarded, large gold-leaved 'High Noon' of unknown parentage, which wasn't registered until 2004. Its cultivar name comes from the title of the Oscar(R) Academy Award winning movie "High Noon" staring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly.

H. 'High Noon' was tissue-culture propagated by Bob Solberg's Green Hill Nursery and a green-margined sport was found. Very aptly and cleverly, Bob named it 'Five O'Clock Shadow': "shadow" of course referring to its margin. He registered it in 2000.

H. 'Five O'Clock Shadow' was TCed and 'Five O'Clock Somewhere' (there's an apt story about this name, too) sported with green margin and thick leaves. Bob registered it in 2004.

H. 'Five O'Clock Somewhere' sported (not in TC) 'After Midnight', which Bob registered in 2009.

H. 'After Midnight' makes a tall upright clump having heavily-substanced leaves with very wide, deep yellow margin and narrow blue-green center. Variegation is unusual, perhaps unique. Leaves have tetraploid-like characteristics (but are not partial or total tetraploid). Check out the leaf

Bob says: "It is a very striking plant in a large container."

H. 'After Midnight' is rarely available in the marketplace. It is found only in a few keen collectors' gardens.

Steve and Ruth Greene of Sudbury, Mass., are offering an OS double division. This has only been rarely offered.

H. 'Cathy's Clown' OS (C. Wasitis - 2011) H. 'Cathy's Clown'

We love seeing yet one more first time donor return to this auction for another time to give back to the group, a provider as well as a consumer; we do indeed! Chick Wasitis, Maryland, is another of our new donors last year that is back. Chick had been a long-time donor to another entity and joins us here this year. Retired from years as owner of Bridgewood Gardens, home of his hosta introductions that typically have a 70’s song reference in the name. His plants will get you humming for the plant as you enjoy it and each time you think of its name.

'Cathy's Clown', C. Wasitis, 2011. A large, upright plant. Leaves are heart-shaped, green with a creamy-yellow to white margin that often streaks toward the center. This variety has been shared with a few friends but is not available for sale. The successful bidder must agree not to propagate, sell or share the plant without permission.

You simply will not be finding this one available nor is it predictable when it will be available again! This plant has grown on in a one gallon pot to be shipped bareroot at appropriate time in the spring.

H. 'Miss American Pie' OS (C. Wasitis - 2008) H. 'Miss American Pie'

Chick Wasitis, Maryland, is another of our returning donors this year. Retired from years as owner of Bridgewood Gardens, home of his hosta introductions that typically have a 70’s song reference in the name. Get humming, “Drove my Chevy to the levee but …”

'Miss American Pie', C. Wasitis, 2008. ('Uncle Albert' X unknown). Forms a large mound of long, shiny green leaves, sharply pointed, with rippled edges Leaves are often turned up sharply at the margin, revealing a white reverse.

This is an OS plant, grown on in a one gallon pot to be shipped bareroot at appropriate time in the spring. You will NOT easily find this one available nor is it predictable when it will be available again!

Dean #3 Your Choice of One Very Recent Intros OS Dean #3 Your Choice of One Very Recent Intros OS

Well, bidders seem to like the “Your Choice” option. Here is another. You win the bid and you choose (bidders have show that they like this idea so here is another!) which one of the following three to have sent in the spring when the plants emerge in Minnesota. Mature, field grown DOUBLE or better. Select from...

‘Deep Waters’ a very upright, vase shaped clump of good blue and leaf texture that seems carved or sculpted, setting up a widely varied number of patterns on different leaves.

OR

H. ‘Crinkled Leather’ which is upright, densely compact in clump form with intensely corrugated (rugose) slightly blue-green foliage that becomes green. Performs northern sun very well. Registered so size details, etc. are available in the registry.

OR

H. ‘Sapphire Pillows’, new for 2018. One of those special blues that, like others, really glows in early and late daylight. Yes, this one has HOLDING power of its rich color. This one has been a long time coming as it was being used as a breeder on and off for years. An upright, vase shaped mound can be expected and countess little “bumps’ (pillows) cover these domed, curled, and/or cupped leaves.

H. 'Garnet Spires' OS (D. Dean - 2005) H. 'Garnet Spires'

Only released five times before and not in nor any plans to put into production, this plant was held back primarily due to its importance in breeding. A willing parent when it comes to setting pods and powerful pollen for bringing red into the flower scapes and great vigor. Its heritage is complex with at least four species buried in it and allows you to go in many directions, [Liberty Bell x (Urajiro Hachijo x pycnophylla)] x Mikawa-no-Yuki … the last is a white backed longipies x kikutti Japanese import. This plant is in the heritage future introductions. Leaves are a medium green with undulating edge, flare upwards and out, and are of heavy substance. A well known hosta enthusiast from Minnesota (on the AHS tour in 2010) that out bids many of us at auctions was stopped in her tracks when she happened to walk past this beauty when at peak bloom, “What’s that!” was all she could say. A 5 year old mound grown in average conditions grows 22” high by 38” wide. This is obviously OS. It will be used to help raise funds for the AHS. In order to allow me to continue to use this as a fundraiser for our plant societies the successful bidder must agree not to propagate, sell or share the plant without permission. This is the SIXTH piece to be released. A double or better division of field grown mature plant will be sent in the spring from Don Dean.

Treehouse Get Away Treehouse Get Away

This is a special offer in hosta paradise, a Treehouse with a (Hosta Garden) View.

Two Nights for Two Guests in Lewes, Delaware.

Jim states it well. “We designed and built our treehouse from scratch in 2004, and though friends have suggested we add it to Airbnb, we prefer to keep it private. For this auction, though, we are offering a two-night stay to the highest bidder. The 12’x20’ structure includes a wraparound deck, sitting room, and sleeping area with a queen size bed and memory foam.

The stay would include full access to the main house bathrooms and kitchen, as well as use of a screened outdoor dining pavilion and outdoor shower. In the event of a lightning storm, the guest bedroom in the main house will be available.

Dates will be arranged directly with the highest bidder. Summers are the best time to visit, although early fall and late spring are great times for the treehouse, too.

H. 'Good Golly Miss Molly' (S. Asch - 2004) H. 'Good Golly Miss Molly'

A sport of the popular H. 'Seducer' (Asch - 2004) that Stuart Asch of Clawson, Michigan, discovered and registered in 2004. Asch is a founding member of FOoSF (Fraternal Order of the Seedy Fellows), the very productive group of hosta hybridizers and sport finders.

'Good Golly Miss Molly' is a spectacular hosta that he named after his daughter. Wavy deep green leaves are streaked with varying shades of yellow and white. "Each change in variegation," Asch says, "has only become better through the years. Highly prized; not many have left my garden."

Leaves are about 12 inches long by 9 inches wide. Mature clump is about 26 inches high by 36 inches across. Flowers are near white.

A strong, mature, single division is being donated by the Giantland Team at Land of the Giants Hosta Farm in Milton, Wisconsin: Jeff Miller, Kathleen and newest member Danielle.

H. 'Lachman Legacy' OS (W. & E. Lachman - 2014) H. 'Lachman Legacy'

Donated by Steve and Ruth Greene, Sudbury, Massachusetts. SCARCE. VERY LIMITED IN THE MARKETPLACE. ONLY IN A FEW GARDENS IN THE NORTHEAST.

H. ‘Lachman Legacy’ is a William and Eleanor Lachman seedling, perhaps the last plant directly from their extensive breeding program.

Bill Lachman was professor of plant and soil sciences at University of Massachusetts in Amherst (1936-1976). His field of study involved corn and tomato genetics. Eleanor was a horticulture degree student at UMass and worked in the lab. There she caught Bill’s eye; they married. Both have passed away: Bill in 1998 at 88, Eleanor in 2004 at 89.

Bill and Eleanor began hybridizing daylilies as a hobby. Their interest in hostas started after a visit to their garden in the 1970s by Kevin Vaughn, who was crossing hosta cultivars and studying hosta genetics. They lived only 15 miles from where Kevin’s folks lived.

The Lachmans began breeding hostas in 1978 and continued for nearly 20 years. Their first registration was in 1986. There are 68 W. & E. Lachman hybrids and sports in the AHS Registry.

H. ‘Lachman Legacy’ traces to the 2009 AHS National Convention in Lansing, Michigan. There, the 2009 Eunice Fisher Hybridizer Award was presented to William and Eleanor Lachman posthumously. Their daughter, Elizabeth, flew in from Berlin, Germany, where she was living, to accept the award for her parents and give the acceptance speech.

Doug Beilstein, then AHS VP Honors and Awards and future AHS President (2011-2013), brought a special rare Lachman breeding hosta that he had in his garden in Ohio to the convention’s auction to coincide with the Fisher award. It was labeled “Lachman Guest Seedling.” The buyer had naming rights.

Steve Greene, compiler of the popular Hosta Finder (now no longer published after 22 editions) and prodigious advocate and supporter of New England hosta hybridizers and their introductions, purchased it. “I wanted to bring a Lachman plant unknown in the trade back to New England,” he explained. The plant sold for $2,400 after a fierce bidding war.

Steve worked with Elizabeth Lachman to have the hosta registered. She chose the cultivar name ‘Lachman Legacy’. Steve collected the needed technical information, growing the hosta in his garden for 5 years. In 2014 Elizabeth registered the hosta citing W. & E. Lachman as originators and introducers.

Steve says ‘Lachman Legacy’ makes a very nice presentation in the garden. The margin increases in width as the clump matures. Mark Zilis in an article in THJ remarked that many of the Lachmans’ introductions have a special appearance that bear the “Lachman brand.” H. ‘Lachman Legacy’ appears to have this distinction.

H. 'Evil Woman' OS (C. Wasitis - 2013) H. 'Evil Woman'

Chick Wasitis, Maryland, is another of our new donors last year that is back! Retired from years as owner of Bridgewood Gardens, home of his hosta introductions that typically have a 70’s song reference in the name. His plants will get you humming for the plant as you enjoy it and each time you think of its name.

Belt out the lyrics, “Ha Ha woman it's a crying shame but you ain't got nobody else to blame … evil woman, …”

'Evil Woman', C .Wasitis, 2013. A medium size mound of dark green leaves with creamy yellow margins. Leaves are nicely puckered and turn downward towards the tip. Named after and dedicated to my wife.

This is an OS plant, grown on in a one gallon pot to be shipped bareroot at appropriate time in the spring. You will NOT easily find this one available nor is it predictable when it will be available again!


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