Anyone uncovering yet?

kskaren(z5 MO)March 22, 2012

Normally, I wouldn't think of removing the cardboard and mulch piled on top of my hydrangeas until almost a month from now, but with this strange spring weather, I wonder if any harm could be coming to the plant if it's trying to bud out under there. This is the first year I've tried that technique, and I admit, I was a little apprehensive last fall, bending the stems over and piling stuff on top of them! Of course I know we can't really predict there will be no more frost, but if the reports coming from the nation weather service are correct, it looks like spring might really be here. What are you all in my zone doing so far?

Karen

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mehearty(So ME z5a)

Try to resist Karen. Otherwise, you'll be running back and forth with blankets when we get the typical overnight freezes in a few weeks.

I did prune my roses & felt decadent. Then the forsythia bloomed the next day. OK. I got away with that one. I'm still resisting the hyrangeas for a few more weeks.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 8:30PM
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ejr2005(Eastern MA)

I'm pretty sure I was late uncovering last year and my hydrangeas did fine, or I'd even say great. Unfortunately I don't remember when that was, but it was well past when I thought I should be uncovering.

So I'm thinking better to err on the later side.

Last week was so beautiful and warm here that I started cleaning up old leaves, etc. off hostas and other perennials. Now that its turning colder I almost regretting that. Some hosta shoots are starting to come up and they seem a lot more protected under the leaf, etc. debris.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2012 at 1:14PM
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kskaren(z5 MO)

Thanks, Mehearty and EJR2005! Well I did uncover a couple of the new ones I got last year from Aldi's, not knowing whether they would even come back at all. They look good--albeit pale and spindly and tender. I left the others alone, and will wait a bit longer.

We aren't scheduled to have any of this cold weather others around us are getting....don't know why, but am grateful! I am a beginning hosta collector, and some of mine are up 5-6 inches and leafing out already. I don't think I could possibly find enough containers, sheets, etc. to cover all those plants, so if it does turn off cold, I'll have some losses. Fingers still crossed....
Karen

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 10:40AM
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