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Name: Karen
Watertown, WI (Zone 5a)
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kaylyred
Apr 11, 2011 1:15 PM CST
'Francee!' She's my first to show pips every year, and this year is no different. Hurray!

I had to toss a little compost over 'Wolverine,' though. I don't seem to have voles (no tunneling), but I've caught the chipmunks digging. I wish I had an outdoor cat, but that just wouldn't work here in town. I have way too many chipmunks, and they were out nice and early this spring preparing to wreak havoc. Thumbs down
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Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Apr 11, 2011 7:11 PM CST
I've been out cleaning up the beds and most of mine are showing up! Now I hear snow and freezing night time temps coming up this weekend. Angry

Rose
Name: Elizabeth
Iowa, zone 5a
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conifers
Apr 12, 2011 3:19 PM CST
Rose, I really hope the weather guys are wrong about snow and freezing, most of mine are up. 'Liberty', 'Savannah Supreme' and 'Gunsmoke', three of my favorites, are all early risers and each are up about four inches.
Elizabeth
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Apr 12, 2011 7:32 PM CST
I hope they are wrong, too. It's going to be hard to try and decide which ones I'm going to try and protect and which ones will have to fend for themselves.
Name: Karen
Watertown, WI (Zone 5a)
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kaylyred
Apr 13, 2011 12:33 PM CST
Fortunately, I still don't have any hostas up. The tiniest pips if I really inspect closely, but pips aren't usually damaged by cold and even snow--it's when the leaves unfurl that you have to worry about them getting frost damaged.

This bit of incoming cold weather sucks. I had planned to go to my favorite nursery tomorrow on opening day, but it's supposed to be cold and awful. It'll be the first opening day I've missed in a few years. :(
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Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Apr 13, 2011 4:51 PM CST
Take a look at this....Wolverine!


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Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Apr 13, 2011 5:16 PM CST
Here's a few more...

Journey's End
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Korean Snow
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Lakeside Old Smoky
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Now I'm done!
Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
Apr 13, 2011 5:34 PM CST
I have no pips -- nothing -- nada!

I did have little crocus's pop up and my iris's have just started to poke thru the ground... still too cold here!

I hear we may get snow friday. Thumbs down
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Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Apr 13, 2011 6:37 PM CST
Now our weather is supposed to be a little warmer, so may not have to worry about freezing temps. Sorry, I think it's coming your way... Sad
Name: Karen
Watertown, WI (Zone 5a)
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kaylyred
Apr 13, 2011 9:38 PM CST
'Wolverine' looks so cool when it's coming up! I just planted mine last year, so this will be my first year watching it unfurl. I'm excited. :)

I ordered 'Journey's End' from Hallson's. Can't wait to plant that one in a few weeks.
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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Apr 21, 2011 6:27 AM CST
Oh, I hadn't checked hosta forum in a while. Most of mine are up. Not Lakeside Darling Dumpling. Anyone growing it? I may have lost it over this past winter :(
Everything else seems to be doing well. I had to buy a new Patriot yesterday plus other garden goodies. A young man has purchased my favorite nursery in Bowling Green. I chatted with him and told him that I love plants just not the run of the mill stuff. I got a huge pot of Ostrich fern and some Angelina sedum. So glad Spring has arrrived!

My sister just bought Wolverine, it is a nice looking plant. We divide plants with each other so I hope it is a fast grower LOL

Teresa in KY

Name: Karen
Watertown, WI (Zone 5a)
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kaylyred
Apr 21, 2011 7:25 AM CST
'Sagae' started showing pips a couple days ago...just before we got about a half inch of wet slushy snow/sleet/hail. Grumbling
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Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
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TwinLakesChef
Apr 21, 2011 8:01 AM CST
We had snow and icy roads two days ago. It will go away fast but I'm sure happy I haven't tried to clean up the beds. Hopefully the dead stuff will protect them.
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Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Apr 21, 2011 9:00 AM CST

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I know it seems counterintuitive, but if it's going to be cold, I'd just as soon we got the snow/slush on the plants. It helps to protect them from the cold alone.
Name: Kim
Arkansas
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duckmother
Apr 21, 2011 9:21 AM CST
American Sweetheart was the first to shine in my garden! Now all are up except Eskimo Pie...it was new last year and it may not have survived...but I will give it a little longer...then I will have room for a new one! Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
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TwinLakesChef
Apr 21, 2011 6:43 PM CST
I guess time will tell, Diann. I'm not there to do anything about it. I'll return from CA to Iowa next Tue and then I'll be watching to see what did or didn't make it. I think my hostas were still pretty dormant. They seem to take longer to show their faces than other plants.
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Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Apr 22, 2011 12:05 PM CST
I've still got one spot that I haven't cleaned off, but the plants are up about 5" so anything that Mother Nature is going to harm will get it, whether covered or not! Don't you just love the stress that this time of year brings! Grumbling
Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
Apr 25, 2011 9:26 AM CST
I just got out yesterday and cleaned all the leaves from the trees and the hosta leaves from almost all my gardens - one to go!!

Guess what I saw!!!!>????!??!?! Little Pips peeking out at me!! YIPPEEE -- life!!!

I got Francee pips and pips from the Undulated blah blah blah. LOL!

Now my WHOLE body hurts of course but it is a good pain!!! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
Echinacea Dahlias Clematis Region: Illinois Hibiscus Heucheras
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Rose1656
Apr 25, 2011 4:11 PM CST
So, does this mean that the snow is gone up north? The river has crested and started to drop...hope we miss out on the flooding from the melting snow!

I pulled weeds in the new bed yesterday, and wasn't sure I would be able to get out of bed this morning! Not sure if I'd call that a "good pain", but it beats sitting in the house all day! I'll bet you're excited to see something outside besides snow!
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Apr 25, 2011 7:22 PM CST
My 3 Hosta plants are wide awake..sorry, I do not know exactly which one is which..I know one of them is minuteman Smiling At the same time, am fighting the slugs and snails...the very mild winter we had seemed to have encouraged these critters to abound...so out with the salt and the fight is on!
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I have moved them to one big pot, I hope it will not be too much of a tight fit for them, this is the only area I get good shade and easier to fight the buggers!
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