missing in action
Happy Spring everyone!!! I hope you all are having a wonderful time enjoying watching the return of all of your lovely plants and are as excited about growing your gardens and planning new projects as I am. I have another silly question (blame my over-watchfulness of the emerging gardens). What might cause me to lose a TON of hosta in a certain area? I have a small shady patch at the side of my yard under 3 trees. A walnut, a dogwood, and one that has been dead for a few years but is still there. I planted alot of hosta in it last year that my husband dug up from a job site (with the owners permission and blessing). They were huge clumps of a lovely blue hosta and some very small light green variegated with rounded leaves. I got about 30 smallish divisions from the smaller variety, and planted them around the edges of the shady area. They all seemed to do well. I had plenty of extras that I potted up, and then put some in a temporary holding bed because I didn't have anywhere prepared for them. I also bought a few different varieties from local garden centers to fill out the garden and provide diversity in color and shape. The potted divisions of the small green are doing amazing, already three to four times the size of the divisions from last year. I also see good sized starts coming up in the holding bed. However, in the area I planted so many, I only see one tiny leaf poking up out of at least 20 that I planted. The others have been up for about a week now, two in some cases. Because of the walnut tree, this area gets alot of squirrel activity. Would they dig and eat hosta? I just don't understand why they aren't coming back. The blue ones I put in that area are back already also. I really need to cultivate the area because of the invasion of Star of Bethlehem in that garden, but I don't want to destroy them if they might still be under there. Any advice?