This Hosta Garden is Getting as REAL as it Gets.
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- 2016 - 2017 Transition Diagram
- 2017 Gardening Diagrams: Changes last made on 2/17/17; if you cannot see the arrows adjust your monitor to be lighter.
Hosta are, at this stage, an international gardening phenomenon. They generally are grown in countries that sit at, or near, the 45º North Latitude; at least according to those stats I see for this site. I have had visitors from all habitable continents, and some of the dominate Pacific and Atlantic Island groups as well. While I say on the front page of this blog that I write this in "casual (American) English" I work equally hard to try to keep the terms familiar, with words spelled correctly, and simple as I can so the internet technology that does the real translation of these pages for those foreign visitors to be at its best. That goes back the style sheet for this blog! If any of my visitors have translation issues with this site, I'ld like to know so that maybe I can alter my writing style to improve the content of this blog.
What Do the TMNT Have To Do With This Blog?
Now I've tried to leave them an e-mail at their end, and that's not working. So ... if one of those fans could take a moment to explain what the relationship is between that website and this one I'ld be very interested to hear the answer. All I know is, and as far as I can tell, there are no hosta in my garden, or even internationally registered with the names of:
I Generally Don't Buy Hosta Before They've Spiked, However ....
5:40 am: Roommate says there's snow out there. Will see it later today.
10:15: Less than an inch of snow has come … and the garden has once more been covered; but what has become of those previously seen spikes?
They have been recorded and noted. Had a 'favorable' summer come they would have survived. I suppose they still count as a survival but count in some other way since this is the first time I've actually caught preseason spikes in action. Over the coming months those four hosta will be watched [see the last edition for names], along with the corner plants [listed below] to see which might be the first to come up, or NOT come up as the case is now. Historically I have had eight way ties for first spikes.
- Itsy Bitsy Spider
- Rainbow's End
Let's turn the table just for a moment. Take a deep breath in, and a moment to think. Four out of twenty represents ... 1/5 of my garden. Did I just watch my garden diminish by 20%? If anyone wants a reality show just point them towards a garden!
Now I watch to see what really happens next!March 5
6:40 am: I finally have a day with temperatures at about 55°F / 12.78°C (tomorrow will be warmer, with a spring rain storm!) and I am feeling well enough to look at the garden. It will be interesting what I find out there. Are the spikes still there or not? Late week forecast says temperatures will be in the 40°F / 4.44°C range. This is still the time of year where temperatures can dip below freezing from time to time. So these hosta are not out of winter yet. The inner cities could still have a very hard snow. April seems to be 'the turning point' for winter to spring.
2:10 pm: Ground is definitely softer which of course means the frost is receding! The spikes sighted before still seem to be there! That's good news. In addition I have what I seems to be a spike on Teaspoon. Again I can't be sure as it is so early in the season. AT this point I have record of five (5) early plants trying to come up. There are of course other hints that life is stirring underneath but will wait for firm evidence before saying anything.
No sign of Rainbow's End as last year it was spotted early in the season with 3 divisions. If the rain comes tomorrow that will awaken some of these plants; although they need like 3 or 4 rains to really get going.March 5
5:00 am: The cities have a high wind advisory. The plants are not up. This means in turn that at the very most we'll have a lot of evaporation of water possibly, Winds are to get up to 45 to 60 miles per hour.
9:00 am: Yep there's rain out there ... falling 'slowly', and with wind too. The rain is like classic spring rain.March 12
8:30 am: The forecast says: We're supposed to get 6 in. to 9 in. / 15.24 cm. to 22.86 cm. of snow today and tomorrow. There's no indication of rain before the snow as the temperature us already below freezing. We'll see what this brings. Last time we had a snow forecast it never came!March 13
10:30 am: The forecast again has over stated the severity. It looks like about an inch of snow has fallen. By the end of the week we'll be back to the 40° to 50°F / 4.44° to 10.00°C degree range again. The temperatures keep swinging and the plants keep getting tested for their final spiking when spring really comes.