2022 Big Bid Items

These were the items that brought the highest bids ($250+) at the
2022 AHS On-Line Auction.

2022 AHS Online Auction Results & Summary

 

Seed Pack Krugarrand Watermark and Friends Seed Pack Krugarrand Watermark and Friends

Seed Pack Krugarrand Watermark and Friends … from the bounty of Rick Goodenough’s garden comes this opportunity for a wide range of seed as a great start for a new hybridizer or a terrific assortment of Goodenough’s and other genetic material for an experienced pro. OP seeds in pod and ranging from 2 to twenty or more pods per variety and literally totaling well over 1,000 seeds in this lot. Seed Pack includes:

‘Krugarrand Watermark’ – large yellow with watermark Chuck Doughty introduction

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‘Old Blue Whaler’ – upright blue streaker, Goodenough lines

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‘Justa Gigolo’ – Stuart Asch yellow and green streaked breeder

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‘Whitman’s Pond’ – blue streaked with some red on petioles

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‘Uberageous’ – blue streaked Goodenough classic breeder

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‘Grand Monadnock’ – streaked breeder, Goodenough lines

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‘Kill Me Softly’ – purple petioles on a classic and rare Alttara Scheer introduction

Numerous photos of the pod parent plants listed may be found using Google search. A few plants are Goodenough originals. Suffice it to say Rick simply does not name a plant unless it is distinctive albeit not all have photos available.

H. 'Lachman Legacy' OS DOUBLE Division (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.

Atkins - Bork 300+ seed Atkins - Bork 300+ seed

New donor, Kevin Atkins, joins us with a selection of truly special seeds. He hopes that others will help him carry on Jeff Miller’s lifetime work in memory of Jeff’s breeding program for giant hosta.

The hosta world lost one of its more active breeders of hosta this year when Jeff Miller of Land of the Giants passed. Jeff was a large man, who loved and bred huge hosta, and generally did everything in a “big” way. Jeff produced some of the largest plants known to date and offered them to the rest of us through his nursery. Jeff not only spoke, but lived, the motto “go BIG or go home,” as he typically worked his sixteen-hour days focused upon hosta and family. Many of Jeff’s creations along with other quality plants are listed upon the Land of the Giants website, but many more have yet to be listed. Some were only distributed in very small numbers to a few avid collectors. Kevin Atkins is one such collector.

Kevin obtained four, double OS divisions of hosta from Jeff that had been selected personally by Jeff as some of his best breeding of huge hosta to date. Hosta ‘Jumbo Tron’, ‘Sasquatch’, ‘Bork’ (named to honor Jeff’s friends Jon & Marcy Bork), and ‘Skyscraper’ were planted side-by-side upon receiving them. Kevin has grown them on for two years now (as shown in the picture above). The seed offered is a combination of open pollenated and hand crosses among these four plants.

This is your opportunity as a bidder to have the potential to tap into Jeff’s genetic bank for huge plants from ‘Bork’. Let your bids reflect Jeff’s own attitude of GO BIG as you place your bids.

H. 'Crazy Hazy' (M. & J. Fransen) H. 'Crazy Hazy'

Hosta ‘Craze Hazy’ OS (M. & J. Fransen) came directly from the Fansen’s during one of Chuck’s visits to their place. The popular “blush” of purple up the middle of the leaves upon ‘Purple Haze’ has been a popular plant for folks a long time. This sport of H. ‘Purple Haze’ has the same blue-green leaves we are familiar but adds a subtle yellow margin with that same purple glow in the foliage. Chuck and Sue of Mason Hallow will ship a two quart or better (known as they emerge) sized plant to the winning bidder in the spring.

H. 'Bloodline' (D. Ruff - 2019) H. 'Bloodline'

Hosta 'Bloodline' is a new blushing hosta from Doug Ruff. It was bred from an open-pollinated Tequilla Sunrise seedling x First Blush. As the clump emerges in spring, attractive leaves with deeply impressed veins and sharp tips blush with burgundy to purplish hues. Cooler nights bring on a more dramatic color display. Doug says the blushing has been reliable for him every year. Several years in Minnesota the blushing lasted until Independence Day. Last year's drought caused the blushing to last longer, finally diminishing to light hints of purple after August. Sensitive to light and temperature, the plant's rubicund display will be unique to each garden environment and to where it is sited within that garden. H. 'Bloodline' does well with 2-3 hours of direct sunlight in spring, with predominant shade in the heat of summer to make the colors last longer. It has purple scapes and lavender flowers that rarely set viable seed. The pollen does pass the blushing genes to its progeny.

Atkins - Sasquatch 300+ seed Atkins - Sasquatch 300+ seed

New donor, Kevin Atkins, joins us with a selection of truly special seeds. He hopes that others will help him carry on Jeff Miller’s lifetime work in memory of Jeff’s breeding program for giant hosta.

The hosta world lost one of its more active breeders of hosta this year when Jeff Miller of Land of the Giants passed. Jeff was a large man, who loved and bred huge hosta, and generally did everything in a “big” way. Jeff produced some of the largest plants known to date and offered them to the rest of us through his nursery. Jeff not only spoke, but lived, the motto “go BIG or go home,” as he typically worked his sixteen-hour days focused upon hosta and family. Many of Jeff’s creations along with other quality plants are listed upon the Land of the Giants website, but many more have yet to be listed. Some were only distributed in very small numbers to a few avid collectors. Kevin Atkins is one such collector.

Kevin obtained four, double OS divisions of hosta from Jeff that had been selected personally by Jeff as some of his best breeding of huge hosta to date. Hosta ‘Jumbo Tron’, ‘Sasquatch’, ‘Bork’ (named to honor Jeff’s friends Jon & Marcy Bork), and ‘Skyscraper’ were planted side-by-side upon receiving them. Kevin has grown them on for two years now (as shown in the picture above). The seed offered is a combination of open pollenated and hand crosses among these four plants.

This is your opportunity as a bidder to have the potential to tap into Jeff’s genetic bank for huge plants from ‘Sasquatch’. Let your bids reflect Jeff’s own attitude of GO BIG as you place your bids.

H. 'Sterling Medallion' OS (D. Dean - 2012) H. 'Sterling Medallion'

H. ‘Sterling Medallion’ simply glows in the morning and evening light, a blue that rivals the best of the best. I am biased toward good blues, but this is a strong contender for one of the best in the small clump category. More detail may be found in the registrations located upon the AHS web site. 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'

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.

H. 'Friendly Persuasion' OS DOUBLE Division  (D. Ward - 2013) H. 'Friendly Persuasion'

It will not take much convincing to assure you that this sport of H. 'Midnight Sun' is worth your time and money. The medium green, broadly ovate, and slightly rippled leaves of H. 'Friendly Persuasion' wink back at admirers with a bright gold edge. The flaring touch points between green and gold are accentuated by a close pattern of deeply impressed veins. In June, 38-inch scapes bearing fertile near-white flowers nod flirtatiously above the upright mound of variegated leaves. This spring, Steve and Ruth Greene will ship 2 eyes of H. 'Friendly Persuasion' OS to the highest bidder. Just cannot find this one; a plant from one of our greats!

3 Streaked Seedlings Offer #2 – for One Bid!  3 Streaked Seedlings Offer #2 – for One Bid!

Chick Wasitis digs into his personal treasure trove of OS-streaked plants to offer this item! He will provide the high bidder an array of 5-6 photos of divisions from streaked plants he has used in the past. All are fertile and have produced streaked seedlings and he will send divisions that have maintained good streaking. The winner may then select from the array THEIR choice. That is correct, the high bidder gets their choice from a variety of unique streaked plants, all coming from proven streaked breeding parents. Be assured that Chick used some of the best of the best breeding stock available.


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