Eight years ago I started purchasing hostas for the gardens of Chiot’s Run. We’re surrounded by HUGE trees on 3 sides thus making 75 of the garden pretty shady. The first hostas I purchased were ‘Frances Williams’ and the other one I cannot remember at the moment. They lived happily in the garden for years. Each year I kept adding hostas and they lived happily multiplying slowly in the shady side gardens. Four years ago I acquired a ‘sieboldiana Elegans’ hosta. There’s something about this hosta and ‘Frances Williams’ that makes the perfect match. Ever since then the hostas set seed and tiny hostas pop up all over the garden and walkways and pretty much everywhere.
They so sweet when they’re tiny seedling, these are new ones that just germinated this spring. As you can see they’re smaller than a penny. These are the big corrugated leaf hostas, so they grow very slowly. They also have no variegation in the leaves and the color is neither the blue from ‘sieboldiana Elegans’ or the colors from ‘Frances Williams’. The leaves aren’t quite as corrugated as either of the parents either.
The second year they’re only about 4 inches all and will have one or two more leaves. The third year the leaves are bigger but still sparce. I think it will take about 6 years to mature from seed. I think next year I’ll have my first mature hosta offspring!
I wish they grew a little faster so I could use them to fill in areas along the woods, but alas they take their jolly old time (especially in the lean soil here).
I’m guessing these hostas are one of the parents of the two that cross pollinated, I could look them up and figure it out. But I think I’ll just call them ‘Chiot’s Run’ hostas.
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