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Hosta "Abiqua Drinking Gourd"

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 11 July 2019 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

'Abiqua Drinking Gourd' was registered in 1989 by Dr. Charles Purtymun of Walden West Hostas in Oregon. The word, Abiqua, which Dr. Purtyman used for 24 other registered hosta cultivars, comes from Abiqua Creek, which flows through the central Cascades mountains. The remainder of the name, Drinking Gourd, is said to have been inspired when Dr. Purtymun saw a dog drinking water from one of the leaves after a rainstorm. The deeply cupped and twisted leaves of 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd' are a nearly round 11 in. by 11 in. They have a waxy bloom, are blue-green, and are heavily corrugated. The near white flowers are held just above the foliage. Named 2014 Hosta of the Year by the American Hosta Growers Association, it grows slowly to 1.5 to 2 ft. tall and 3 to 4 ft. wide. It is reputed to have good slug resistance.

Photo captured May 26, 2019.

NIKON D7000 1/45 second F/11.0 ISO 200 57 mm (35mm equiv.)

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By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I have 2 hostas in my garden and I like the flowers and leaves in gourd.

11 Jul 2019 5:29am

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

Superb in BW !

11 Jul 2019 5:38am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

I like those drops. They are great decoration

11 Jul 2019 5:43am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Un noir et blanc original avec beaucoup de reliefs.
Bonne journée Steven

11 Jul 2019 7:34am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

Bel effet

11 Jul 2019 7:39am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France


11 Jul 2019 7:50am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Superb detail and tonal range.

11 Jul 2019 8:26am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

It is reputed to have good slug resistance
must be a first for a hosta :) Lovely capture and treatment to emphasise the textures

11 Jul 2019 8:54am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Very nice

11 Jul 2019 9:43am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Well done in grey tones.

11 Jul 2019 10:37am

Nina from Hamburg, Germany

very nice b/w presentation of a plant with such corrugated leaves.

11 Jul 2019 11:57am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Superbe en B&W

11 Jul 2019 12:11pm

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A great look at the Hosta Steven

11 Jul 2019 12:19pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Your point of view shows off the shapes so beautifully.

11 Jul 2019 1:57pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

You must have amassed a huge collection of hostas!

11 Jul 2019 1:57pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Merveilleuse hortensia et rendu du NB superbe

11 Jul 2019 1:59pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb framing . They look almost alive in monochrome !

11 Jul 2019 2:26pm

Rose from United States

Love the texture of these...and they look huge.

11 Jul 2019 2:28pm

Devi from Chennai, India

a superb shot with those subtle drops...
and thank you for the information :)

11 Jul 2019 3:14pm

Don from Spokane, United States

Very successful black-and-white picture. Excellent detail and black-and-white quality.

11 Jul 2019 5:05pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Gorgeous textures in those leaves. An excellent B&W process.

11 Jul 2019 5:41pm

Dutchess from Lakeside Village, Netherlands

Perfect in black and white!!

11 Jul 2019 5:46pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

J'imagine en couleur !... Superbe.

11 Jul 2019 8:52pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

wonderful processing to bring out every shade of gray

11 Jul 2019 11:42pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

These are beautiful. I don't think that I have ever seen this type of Hosta before. I love the information. Beautifully photographed. I like the black and white.

12 Jul 2019 12:28am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

so different in greyscale

love the droplets of moisture

12 Jul 2019 12:32am

Martine Girard from Brest, France

Jolis dessins sur les feuilles, j'aime aussi leur forme.

12 Jul 2019 2:11am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

The B&W really brings out the textures in the leaves. Very nice.

12 Jul 2019 2:39am

Ginnie from Netherlands

Ahh. Mother Nature sure knows how to take care of us, doesn't she!

12 Jul 2019 5:36am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Magnifique !!

12 Jul 2019 5:49am

willy from Belgium

superbe en N & B Steven

et des informations intéressantes

have a nice day

12 Jul 2019 1:02pm

Remus from Portugal

The conversion to black and white was well achieved.
Excellent level of detail and the DOF is perfect.

12 Jul 2019 3:15pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!

13 Jul 2019 7:48am

Urspo from Phoenix, United States

how different they look in black and white !

14 Jul 2019 9:16pm

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

I love the textures!

15 Jul 2019 12:45am

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This looks particularly striking in black and white.

16 Jul 2019 5:09am

omar from Kunduz, Afghanistan

Great graphical work, b&w makes it!

18 Jul 2019 6:04pm