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My Page: Blackkat

Postby Blackkat » Jan 31, 2005 12:15 pm

The pleasure and wonder of watching things grow has made gardening one of my favorite hobbies. In 2000, I stumbled on a gardening forum and met some wonderful hosta people. Before that moment, it never occured to me that a person could go crazy collecting green leafy plants. I know other hosta fanciers have admitted feeling that way at one time in their lives. After seeing the wide diversity of color, size, and shape of hostas, setting up my own collection turned into an exciting venture. While I don't have as many hostas as a lot of people do here, I am very pleased with my landscape and add 10-12 new ones each year.

Another big hobby of mine is astronomy. Looking up at the beauty of the night sky and trying to understand its secrets is one of humankind's oldest desires. Even plants, from the lowliest groundcover to the loftiest tree, strive for the heavens. Okay, okay, I'm a lousy poet. :lol: Let's just say, gardening keeps me busy and happy during the day and astronomy keeps me happy and up all night. I've written articles for Astronomy Magazine and Mercury and attend many star parties.

Other activities include knitting, quilting (both hand and machine), sewing, doing flower arrangements, and reading. I also like camping and fishing with my husband.

In May, 2005, I finally graduate from Marquette University with a Master's degree in Journalism (science writing). My main occupation is research chemist - DNA related organic chemisty; or I should say "was". I work at the Medical College of Wisconsin behind a desk now, helping design studies and do statistical analysis for breast cancer projects.

What helps to continually nurture my interest in gardening is the satisfaction in growing something beautiful, balancing the needs of each plant with available light and moisture, and playing their characteristics off from each other. All of this is an enjoyable challenge with many rewards. What makes it fun are the people at the Hallson's forum. I don't write many posts, but I'm there every day. Chris and Brian's efforts in creating a place for us is a winning proposition for everyone involved. Thanks guys.
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Joined: Oct 28, 2001 7:00 pm
Location: Brown Deer, WI Zone 5a

My Page: Blackkat



Postby Blackkat » May 01, 2005 11:28 am

My Hosta List:

Abiqua Blue Crinkles
Abiqua Drinking Gourd
Abiqua Moonbeam
Alex Summers
Allan P. McConnell
Alligator Shoes
Alvatine Taylor
Angel Feathers
August Beauty
August Moon
Banana Boat
Betcher’s Blue
Blue Angel
Blue Cadet
Blue Moon
Blue Mouse Ears
Blue Shadows
Blue Wedgwood
Brave Amherst
Bright Glow
Captain Kirk (?)
Cat’s Eyes
Cherry Berry
Choo Choo Train
Christmas Tree
Cracker Crumbs
Cream Cheese
Curtain Call
Dark Star
Deanne’s Dream
Delta Dawn
Dorset Blue
Dust Devil
Edge of Night
El Nino
Elephant Burgers
Emily Dickinson
Fire and Ice
Forest Shadows
Fragrant Blue
Fragrant Bouquet
Fragrant Dream
Fried Bananas
Fried Green Tomatoes
Golden Tiara
Gold Standard
Great Expectations
Green Gold
Green Lama
Guardian Angel
Hadspen Blue
Heart Broken
Hillbilly Blues
Jade Cascade
Komodo Dragon (not sure)
Korean Snow
Krossa Regal
Lakeside Accolade
Lakeside April Snow
Lakeside Black Satin
Lakeside Cha Cha
Lakeside Coal Minor
Lakeside Kaleidoscope
Lakeside Looking Glass
Lakeside Rhapsody
Lakeside Rocky Top
Lakeside Sparkle Plenty
Lakeside Twiddle Dee
Lemon Lime
Little Aurora
Love Pat
Lunar Orbit
Magic Fire
Maui Buttercups x2
Maya Swingtime
montana ‘Aureomarginata’
Moon Lily
Morning Light
Mount Tom
Niagara Falls
Night Before Christmas
Paradise Backstage
Paradise Joyce
Paradise Power
Paul’s Glory
Permanent Wave
Pete’s Passion
Polar Moon
Potomac Pride
Purple Lady Fingers
Queen Josephine
Queen of the Seas
Radiant Edger
Rainforest Sunrise x2
Regal Splendor
Second Wind
Shade Fanfare
sieboldiana ‘Elegans’
Sitting Pretty
Snow Cap
So Sweet
Spilt Milk
Stained Glass
Sugar and Cream
Sum and Substance
Sun Power
Super Nova
Sweet Home Chicago
Toy Soldier
tokudama ‘Aureonebulosa’
tokudama ‘Flavocircinalis’
Undulata Albomarginata
ventricosa ‘Aureomarginata’
Whirling Dervish
Wide Brim
Winter Lightening
Wogon Gold
Wylde Green Cream
Posts: 737
Joined: Oct 28, 2001 7:00 pm
Location: Brown Deer, WI Zone 5a

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