Dormant Hostas - I'm Getting Anxious
Today, I put on my boots and winter gear and took a walk through my garden. The snow is still almost knee deep despite a few days of above freezing daytime temps.
I am getting anxious for spring and want to rush it but it also got me thinking.
The hostas are dormant under a blanket of snow and that blanket will stay till about the beginning of April. Then the ground won't thaw completely till end April as the frost line is about 42 inches. The top foot or so should thaw by mid April and the hostas will start to emerge around the beginning of May.
Although frosts will nip at the hostas in early May the leaves are slow to unfurl ... then the growth to full size for the season is at a rocket's pace in the very long hours of daylight in late May and early June.
That snow that I crunched through today is likely very protective of the hostas dormancy. And after reading about others with problems prolonging dormancy, I should likely be thankful for the white cover.