2020 Big Bid Items

These were the items that brought the highest bids ($150+) at the
2020 AHS On-Line Auction.

2020 AHS Online Auction Results & Summary

 

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. Collage shows the winner’s selection of last year’s actual seedlings sent by the Whites – quite the results in their program! What to expect in the Kit are nicely streaked and good growing streaked OP seedlings. They will be from a variety of pod parents. You will have your choice of seedlings based upon at least 12 photos that Jeff sends the winner as selection time arrives. That is an offer one rarely gets an opportunity to enjoy. Plan on shipping late May-early June when the seedlings should be of good size that you will be happy receiving.

H. 'Pebble Creek Imagine That' (J. Kovalcsik - 2019) H. 'Pebble Creek Imagine That'

H. 'Pebble Creek Imagine That' is Jojo's first hosta introduction. It is the progeny of a seedling out of H. 'Imagine'. This elegant hybrid gently cascades to a size of 48 inches wide x 20 inches high while upright petioles present long, golden-green leaves trimmed in cream. The 13-inch leaves are lightly twisted, wavy, and corrugated with luxuriously ruffled edges and deeply impressed veins. Fertile lavender-striped near-white flowers bloom in mid-summer on 26-inch scapes. The clump and leaf photos were taken at the end of August after last year's 100 degree heat wave rolled through, so those creamy-white edges are remarkably heat-tolerant. Bid quickly, hosta friends! Josh Spece has already sent this classy showstopper to the lab (expect a 3 year wait for quart sized starts to be available). The successful bidder must agree not to propagate, sell or share the plant without permission. The plant needs to remain in bidders garden.

H. 'Wellfleet Harbor' (R. Goodenough) H. 'Wellfleet Harbor'

The winning bidder will receive a mature division of Rick Goodenough’s new introduction, H. ‘Wellfleet Harbor’. It is a complex cherry red hybrid out of Mary Chastain's 'Lakeside Cranberry Relish' lines. H. ‘Wellfleet Harbor’ is a looker. It is a streaked blue-green leafed, saturated red petioled medium to medium large sized hosta which commands attention in the garden. The red goes from the petioles up into the leaf face and into the leaf back. It is a proven fertile both ways with decent pod set and excellent pollen. ‘Wellfleet Harbor’ is a one of a kind and this is the first piece to leave Rick's garden.

H. 'Prairie Spring' (P. Kedl - 2010) H. 'Prairie Spring'

Another hosta donated in memory of Phyllis Kedl of Minneapolis, a dear friend now gone for several years now, is her ‘Prairie Spring’ (R 2010). This will be the second offering of this treasure from Glenbrook Farm, although Phyllis may have gifted a division to another friend. A very large mound of glowing, golden leaves with good substance and glaucous reverses, it tolerate a fair bit of sun. Good growth rate. Check out another picture showing ‘Prairie Spring’ rivaling ‘Duke of Cornwall’, a ‘Blue Angel’ sport from Barry Sligh and similar in size. A strong, 2 eye, OS division of ‘Prairie Spring’ , believed to have never been sold before, is the offer. Viktoria Serafin, Glenbrook Farm, will ship this dandy in mid-May. The successful bidder must agree not to propagate, sell or share the plant without permission.

H. 'Buffalo Soldier' (V. Serafin) H. 'Buffalo Soldier'

From H. 'Revolution' (Eijk-Bos/Walters Gardens 2000) came H. 'American Hero' (Walters Gardens/Hans Hansen 2009), and now we have H. 'Buffalo Soldier’. Viktoria Serafin found this exemplary sport at Glenbrook Farm. It has never before been shared. This good soldier displays its foliage like a badge of honor. Corrugated leaves of excellent substance reveal a blaze of chartreuse surrounded by a wide margin of darker green that ends in a sharp tip. The mature clump size will be approximately 35 inches wide x 14 inches high. H. 'Buffalo Soldier' is ranked by Viktoria as a speedy grower. Observed for several years, it is stable. Your orders are clear. Bid, bid, and bid to capture and hold your territory! The winner must agree not to propagate, sell or share the plant without permission. Viktoria will ship a two-eye OS division this spring.

H. 'Cubbie Blue' (D. Wols) H. 'Cubbie Blue'

‘Cubbie Blue’ is a vigorous blue that holds it wax well into the Fall and is extremely fertile both ways. It forms a nice dense, wide clump and produces very blue seedlings. The cross on Cubbie Blue is Theo’s Blue x Smoke Signals, two great blues that has resulted in a blue breeder that Dan says has yielded his bluest to date seedlings. Up for auction is a division of 3 mature eyes from ‘Cubbie Blue’ which has never left Dan Wols’ garden.

H. 'Still Waters' (D. & J. Ward - 2010) H. 'Still Waters'

Here is one donated by Steve Greens, MA. Back in 2018, the waters were stirred when Dick and Jane Ward offered H. 'Still Waters' in the AHS Convention Auction. Steve Greene, MA, was mesmerized by its serene beauty and has not regretted his bid. Lovely as the pools of Heshbon, this eye-catching blue-green hybrid out of H. 'Liberty' measures 26 inches wide by 14 inches high. The 8-inch by 7-inch leaves are cordate and corrugated with white backs suggestive of freshwater pearls. The plant has increased rapidly in Steve's garden allowing him to offer a 2-eye division to the highest bidder. Still waters run deep, and that's what your pockets will need to be to claim this stunner. Rare indeed and few opportunities, anywhere to obtain.

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

Chick Wasitis, Maryland, 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, …” H. '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!

H. 'Glory Days' Streaked (C. Wasitis) H. 'Glory Days' Streaked

One of Chick's favorite streaked seedlings is being offered at auction for the first time. It's from an unnamed streaker crossed with 'Dragon Lady'. This colorful hybrid is only three years old but is already fairly large. An upright grower with good substance, the splashed leaves are about 12 inches long by 7 inches wide. Dark green margins are accented with light green and cream-to-pure-white streaks. Adding even more interest to this streaker, in summer the center turns white. Hybridizers will be pleased to know that it's fertile and produces streaked seedlings. Chick is hoping to soon get a centered division similar to the leaves at the bottom of the photo. The centered plant has already been named 'Glory Days' on the theory that if you name it, it will come. Are you looking for a hosta Field of Dreams? It could be growing in your own backyard this spring. When you make your bid on H. 'Glory Days Streaked' remember -- if you believe the impossible, the incredible can come true. This is for a streaked single eye division.

H. 'Tail Feathers' (C. Wasitis) H. 'Tail Feathers'

Here's a twist and shout-out to all you hosta sports fanatics. Find your piggy bank and shake it, shake it, shake it because H. 'Tail Feathers' is another of Chick's offerings up for auction. This unregistered hybrid is a sport of 'Sum and Substance' with lighter feathering in the center. The variegation is variable but has been visible on all leaves to some degree for several years. Chick hasn't grown it to full size yet, but he assumes that in all respects except for the markings, it's identical to S&S. One single-eye division is offered, so shake your tail-feathers and start bidding. It has not been registered yet, but Chick has named it 'Tail Feathers'. This offer is for a single-eye division.

Wols 'Bleuphoria' 75 OP seeds Wols 'Bleuphoria' 75 OP seeds

Dan Wols offers for auction 75 cleaned O.P seeds from ‘Bleuphoria’. Dan Wols says,”Originating from Rod Kuenster seed in 2008, the cross was (Wahoo x Blue Belly) x O.P. I was lucky enough to win the seed it originated from in an auction from Rod, and it became a foundation plant for a lot of later plants. It’s very pod fertile, but not particularly pollen fertile, (which I consider an attribute for a mother plant) and also has a knack for picking up the characteristics of the pollen parents you cross it with, which isn’t always true of sieboldiana types with Dorothy Benedict in their heritage. Regularly produces nice streakers.” This seedling has made MANY drool – can you spell potential!

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

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

We love seeing yet one more 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 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.


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