At our last Garden Club meeting we had a speaker come in to talk about hostas. He’s the president of our area’s Hosta Club- who knew there was such a thing? Hostas are big, with good reason, around here. Big trees mean big shade, and everyone knows hostas love shade. We all know they aren’t picky about soil condition and can more than put up with our weather extremes. Everyone here has hostas, even me.
But here’s where it gets interesting/crazy. This gentleman has over 1,500 varieties of hosta in his garden.
Fifteen hundred different hostas.
Gobsmacked I tell you!
For one, all hostas are basically green, blue-green, yellow, or white and perhaps some possible combination thereof. Who knew there are 70 species of hosta and over 3,000 registered varieties (some 6,000 total including non-registered varieties)? My mind was blown. And then I starting wondering to myself if there was any plant that I felt a burning need to collect all or most of. The answer was a pretty easy “No”.
I adore my irises, but I don’t want a National Collection as there are many that simply don’t appeal to me or match a color scheme I have in place. Baptisia? I’m in love with them. But I don’t fancy the brown-ish varieties and find most of the white ones too creamy and yellow for my liking. I can honestly say there isn’t a plant that inspires that kind of drive/obsession in me.
I’m absolutely obsessive about gardening, just not about specific plants. The real question is: Are you? Do you know someone who is? What is the plant that flames those obsessive tendencies? How does a love affair like this begin and how does one sustain it? I’m utterly fascinated and want to learn more so don’t be shy! Tell me your obsessive plant loves!