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time, and end with what has come up!
I am probably not like many other persons who set their time to the conventions of a fixed calendar. Yes, I do know that the Julian Calendar exists; as well as a half dozen other calendars which are actively used on this planet. However my calendar is one of seasons and changes in nature. Farmers have watched this cycle over the millenniums of years; tt is the original calendar. To be more specific my calendar watches the Hosta (not surprising is it). and goes from when the hosta spikes rise from the ground each spring. This calendar is more irregular to the other things around us. it is regulated by the heat of the sun and rains from the sky. When the first spikes are seen - year becomes the nest, and the cycle begins again. Many of you are gardeners; which calendar do you follow the one made by man, or the one set by the motions of the Earth, Sun, and Moon?
This year I have been impatient for the spikes to rise. According to my records last year my hosta came up 30 days after the last of the snow left my garden in 2014. I have no assurances that will happen this year. Ground moisture. solar heating, and spring rains will dictate when those little, small, green, spikes will be visible again. Between those moments of snow melt and first spike time seems to stand still. I sometimes must force myself to remember that between those measurable points in time the temperature does rise 30ºF/16.55°C to that [magic. maybe remarkable] moment when the very first spikes are seen again. The year will again move to the next at that moment. snd the cycle will start again.
To your left near the top of the page I have two questions. These questions are a beginning of a series of questions that will be asked over the growing months. At first these might seem self serving, but as the months go by you will find more and more general questions about hosta gardening. These questions are not about changes in gardening habits bur rather gathering trends in gardening habits and comparing notes between gardeners at the scale of world input.
The first deals with renaming my cartoon - quite self serving; or is it? If you answer the question are you showing more of what type of humor you have? Many hybridizers have that odd sense of humor; but does the average gardener have a sense of humor - or am i the only one? (looks around carefully).
The second question has to do with survival of my own hosta in my garden. Again is that self serving; or does this challenge the gardener ask themselves if they are optimists or not. It also may reflect what kind of success YOU have in your own garden with hosta annually. Does the average hosta grower even worry about their plant loss annually.
I hope as the growing season continues that you will consider the questions I pose, and consider answering them.
A Very Small Victory… But A Victory None-the-less
Gardening is not the same as what your parents might have done. Since 2000 you as an average gardener needed to be aware of the terms above. By understanding those terms you can keep yourself and possibly your garden out of trouble and prevent a visit to your local courthouse. The link below is an excellent read on this topic and is written in plan English so it is easy to understand (for those who read English). For those who are not US citizens these laws and their ramifications also apply for you as well so every gardener must learn about this aspect of gardening in this day and age.
Some of you might remember the first half of the Blue Mayhem Project with hosta Frosted Mouse Ears(2), Popcorn(1), and Liberty(2) where these were grown to see if they could survive the winter inside . Each one slowly died back probably due to the temperatures beside the window they were at. As winter moved on I let these become dry for the passing of winter dormancy. We're about to find out if these became TOO dry and died, or if they still have some life left in them. These have been given water and are being placed outside for the spring heat. We'll know by the next issue of HostasByKelley if life still exists in those planters. The bathroom tub right now a utter mess …
Name Count Spiked Scaped Flowered Faded x
1 Blue Mammoth 4d as 2r 00/00/00 00/00/00 00/00/00 00/00/00
2 Brooklynn's Baby Doll 1r
3 Chartreuse Wiggles 2d 4/14/15
4 Dancing Queen 2d
5 Dixie Chickadee 5d
6 Dragon Tails 2r
7 Emerald Tiara 4d 4/14/15
8 Faithful Heart 5d 4/13/15
9 Frosted Mouse Ears 2d 4/11/15
10 Gemstone 1r
11 Golden Tiara 4d
12 Gorgon 1r
13 Hacksaw 1d
14 Holy Mouse Ears 2d
15 Imp 2c 4/11/15
16 Irish Mist 1r
17 Itsy Bitsy Spider 2d
18 June 1r
19 'kinbotan' 1d 4/11/15
20 Lemon Lime 1d 4/11/15
21 Little Devil 4d as 2c
22 Little Sunspot 2d 4/11/15
23 Masquerade 1c 4/11/15
24 Mighty Mouse 1d
25 Popcorn 1d
26 Princess Wu Wu 1d
27 Rainbow's End 1r
28 Stiletto 1r 4/14/15
29 Sum and Substance 7d as 1r
30 T-Rex 1d
31 The Razor's Edge 1d
22 'venusta' 1r 4/11/15
33 Vulcan 2d as 1r
34 X-Ray (first up 2014) 4d as 1r
Season total at this time is: 12 : 34 35% x
Since I am re-writing I've lost the notes for the April 1 to April 7 time period.
April 8 to April 14: Pulled the first weed on April 11th. I had to be careful that is was not Lemon Lime being early. The hosta can't be to far off now…. well actually from my recollection about 2 to 3 weeks off based on that indicator.
late on April 11: Much to my surprise (as you can see above) I've got hosta spiking all over the place! This is about 3 weeks earlier than last year, and two weeks earlier than what I had predicted. I am calling it a EIGHT way tie for first up this year! If all of these came up nearly simultaneously I have to begin suspecting this may be a better year for hoeta than what I thought it would be. There's still a lot of time so many more can come up.
Masquerade is so far the biggest surprise as it did not succeed some years back.
Both clumps of Imp have survived..
I generally expect Sum and Substance up when there are THIS many up. No sign of it yet. I am sure it is down there and waiting for its moment to come up. With the exception of 'venusta', I also note that all of the plants that are up are smallish hosta - single division or very small clumps. Also these plants are also those that are closer to the roof line and against the building. I am uncertain if this says anything about why they survived. 'venusta' is a old reliable that hardly ever fails to return.
April 13: Faithful Heart is now up … I think what used to be 1 division has become quite a grouping of divisions 4 to 5 possibly.
April 14: The list grows as Emerald Tiara, Stiletto, and Chartreuse WIggles rise from their winter skeep. With these three my garden has gone past the 1/3 success rate; with certainly more to come.
The next milestones for this garden is: 17th (1/2 up), the 23rd plant (2/3 up), and the 26th (3/4 up) emerging. There's still time to post your guess for my gardens success rate for 2015. Otherwise that's it for this round.