Thursday, August 5, 2010

Hostagasm in Huntington

I found hosta heaven in Huntington, Long Island this past weekend. I was there for a reunion with an incredible group of working moms who have been corresponding via internet newsgroup for over 10 years, discussing everything from diapers and Disney World to dishwashers and divorce. Our hostess’ parents graciously converted their beautiful farmhouse to an inn for the weekend, and we had the pleasure of wandering the grounds and admiring the astounding variety of perennials growing there. (Of course, blogging pro that I am, I forgot my camera memory stick, but managed to get a few shots on my Iphone.)
Fox Hollow Farm Perrenial Nursery is a wholesale operation that specializes in hostas. There are over 600 varieties here. Many of the plants are used to supply florists with filler greenery. Below are a few of my favorites.

There are several ways that new hosta strains can be created. In nature, bees can cross-pollinate two or more different kinds of plants. The fallen seeds result in plants with a new leaf pattern. People can also create them by cross pollinating themselves with a paintbrush. Also, an older plant might send off a shoot (a “sport”) that varies slightly from the “mother” plant. Those offshoots can be propogated to create a new strain. Some people are lucky enough to have a new strain named after them!

Vegetables are another specialty of the farm. Much of the produce grown here is donated to local food pantries. They also have several guest farmers who care for their own plots.

Hostas are probably the most common shade-loving plant grown in the Northeast.  Got any growing near you?

Many thanks to Kim and her family for hosting a splendid weekend!!

Fox Hollow Farm Perennial Nursery
43 Foxhurst Rd.
South Huntington, NY 11746


TALON said...

Fox Hollow Farm - what a perfect name!

The hostas are so beautiful! We have one in particular that is very very old and massive. I put in quite a few last year, but for some reason little critters love these ones (I bought a few different varieties) and they are also not faring well in the heat we've had, but I think they'll recover and settle in (that's my wish).

The iphone takes great shots! Sounds like a wonderful weekend! said...

Never thought a post about hostas could be racy!!!

LOVE hostas and could throw a tennis ball out my window and hit a big clump of 'em. The variegated variety (right; there's like a billion species).

Sigh. Pale leaves tell me they're angry about the heat right now.

Cooler weather, Lord. Please!!

Love your post.

tina said...

So the hostas were all growing on the inn's grounds? How awesome is that?? Those hostas sure grow so much better up there than down here. They look fantastic! I love the name of this post!

JGH said...

Talon, I was wondering how long most hostas last. I have a few that are almost 10 years old. Like yours, looking pretty raggedy at this point due to the heat.

Patti, I'm with you on the plea for cooler weather. The ones I have are all variegated, but now I'm thinking I should add some of those "blue angels". They were so pretty.

Tina, I think part of the reason I was so impressed with these is because they looked so perfect, whereas mine, just an hour south look so pathetic. I may be able to nurse them back, tho - fingers crossed.

June said...

So beautiful, Jen! I wonder how they keep the slugs from munching. There's something so calming about big plantings of hostas. Thank you so so much for sharing this.

Your gathering of friends sounds delightful!

Bangchik said...

A special plant in my garden by the name kaduk, thrives under shade too. Thanks for sharing lovely photos.... ~bancghik

Karen said...

Very cool that you got to meet up with these gals, and also that the weekend was at such a magical place! Wow, never seen so many hostas in one place. A little sad that they are born to be cut up for bouquets, but I guess it's the same with any perennial flower. I have a couple of variegated ones but I always forget to protect them from slugs. so they are somewhat fiigreed by this point in the summer.

Thanks for the tour, and your iPhone pics are great!

k said...

What a great weekend! I hope it was better than you'd dreamed!

Nancy said...

Well, it is too dry here for doing much with hostas, but I love woodland plants and those varieties ARE super . . . the iPhone took nice pics!

Emilie said...

Jen your blog is so beautiful. I love the photo's of veggies and flowers that your garden is producing and New Mexico looks positively grand. Thank you for the book reccomends. Please keep sharing.