Oh boy, oh boy! Lookie what I've got!!

flower-frenzy(8a)February 21, 2014

Nothing poking up out of the ground yet, but a couple of my pots are showing signs of life!

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flower-frenzy(8a)

One more!

Who else out there has hostas coming up?

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 7:49PM
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hostanista

I have some too!!

Under THREE FEET of SNOW.

Sigh.......

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 7:57PM
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unbiddenn(5)

Two months to go!!!

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 8:52PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Yup. ;-)

-Babka

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 9:10PM
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bkay2000

My fragrant ones are starting to grow. Something is eating Fragrant Bouquet, though. I'm guessing a caterpillar from the shape of the damage. The pip is hollowed out and another is "edge eaten. If not a caterpillar, it's probably a rat. My neighbor feeds the squirrels, stray cats and birds. She does not understand that she is keeping the rats close by as well.

It's too cool for slugs, so it can't be that.

I've been longing or hosta for weeks, now I"m getting a dose of reality. There are all kinds of critters that enjoy eating hosta. Apples always seem to have a core.

bk

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 9:24PM
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sunnywood 5aChazyNY

That's just not fair!

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 9:25PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Bkay...Do you have earwigs there? Or weevils? (might be too early for those) Corey's makes an insect killer in powder form. Sprinkle that in your pots. Rats take larger bites.

-Babka

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 9:43PM
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Pieter zone 7/8 B.C.

I looked and poked around a couple of days ago and noticed pips nosing up in most of my Hosta clausa which is typically the first one to break for me. Others with swelling buds were 'Hacksaw' and a number of 'Hacksaw'/'Ray of Hope' seedlings.

BK, my biggest problem with rats is they go after a lot of my lilies predominantly, they've always left my hostas alone, thank goodness. Even though it may be still quite cold, slugs are active, just slower, and what you're describing does remind me of slug damage.

Pieter

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 9:45PM
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flower-frenzy(8a)

Wow, Babka, yours are really out! They look great!

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 1:08AM
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bernd ny zone5(5)

I do not have to look for hostas emerging since december 1 2013, they grow in my basement, here a bunch of them. Bernd

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 8:15AM
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bkay2000

What a haul, Bernd. How do you decide which to keep? You have a lot of streakers that look fairly similar.

bk

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 8:58AM
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don_in_colorado

No hostas yet, which is good because it's still too cold here, but the tulips are coming up en masse. Good to see some life in the yard!

Don B.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 9:41AM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Bring a pot in early if you want a February/March Hosta fix. Put it in a sunny window. Here's Beet Salad which I started early because I want to use fresh pollen on some early blooming plants.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 9:56AM
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bernd ny zone5(5)

bk, I will keep most, the others get donated to the hosta sale of the local hosta society. I have two trays like that plus another tray with younger seedlings. The seedlings shown had their seeds planted 3 months ago, but in the next 2 1/2 months will grow big with all that chlorophyl now in much larger leaves. Bernd

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 10:30AM
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hostafreak

Nothin' but Daffodils here,up about 6 inches already,but they are always early! I may have to throw some more leaves on them,because winter is coming back next week. Phil

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 10:30AM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

Those sure look beautiful!

Babka what are the names of the blues that are the furthest along?
Jo

Edited for grammar! Coffee hasn't kicked in yet

This post was edited by josephines67 on Sat, Feb 22, 14 at 12:02

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 12:01PM
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gardens1(5b ON)

Not fair, everyone! I have a couple of boulders about 3feet high or so in a border that I put in last year, and still can't even see the humps where they are for all the snow- the rail fence behind them is still almost buried! The pics sure do look nice, though, and nice seedlings, Bernd.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 12:35PM
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luuk(9b)

Hello tiny plantaginea, welcome back !
(sown in april 2013)

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 1:01PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Josephine- The largest one is Lederhosen, and the next is Salute.

-Babka

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 1:26PM
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old_dirt zone 5b

Mama said it's not nice to tease (but it is encouraging.) I am also still under 3+ feet of snow.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 2:53PM
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esther_b

My world looks pretty much like that of UNBIDDEN. There was some melting today, as the temps were in the high 40s and we had a big all-day rainstorm yesterday. Just enough to give a spring-like smell to the air and tantalize. Already the radio weatherman says to prepare for a lot colder weather starting Monday, and possible MORE snow Wedneday. Argh! It's not fair.

I've had to plan errands with care. Every errand depended on whether I thought I could get a parking space upon my return, as every other place to park a car was piled high with snow and at the same time competing with the thoughtless students at a nearby college, who think it's fine to leave 3 or 4 feet between their car and the next car fore and aft. So people who own residences can't even park in front of their own home! Having to park 2 and 3 blocks away from my own home, especially when carrying heavy packages, is not fun, especially when it's icy. The students couldn't care less.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 8:17PM
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JANE100(WNYZ6)

Steve, thanks for the info about bringing a pot into the house. I'm green with envy seeing everyone's pic. Keep running into the garage every couple of days checking the pots. . Had temps in the 40's this past week and all the snow is melted in the bed behind the house. Going out tomorrow to move some of the mulch on my in -ground Hostas and see if anything coming up. Only have one double hung window that gets sun from about 12 till 4. Would that be enough light or would it be better in the basement under florescent lights. ?

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 10:53PM
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hostaholic2 z 4, MN

I have some just to the right of the snowmen. Can you see them?

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 11:19PM
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don_in_colorado

I think I see 'em! Are they white?

Don B.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 11:22PM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Jane,

Start one under the lights in the basement and then bring it up to the window as you get later into the Spring. That should be fine.

Steve

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 6:18AM
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