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RE: now hosta


yep- totally normal. Even here.

Theresa

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
Behalf Of Pamela J. Evans
Sent: Monday, December 01, 2003 6:40 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] perennials and holiday decorating.....


Speaking of perennials, is it normal for hostas to die back over the
winter and re-sprout in Spring? This is my first one and it's starting
to look awful shrivled and sick.


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Sun, 30 Nov 2003 23:50:55 -0500

>Donna, the perennials that are totally dormant - no above ground
>rosette - will not mind having something on them for a few weeks. 
>However, if they have any evergreen parts that remain above ground, I
>would put my foot down about having some solid object sitting on
>them.  I would not worry about water - the ground is going to be
>moist enough around their roots even with something sitting on top of
>them - but I would worry about overwintering crowns with even very
>tight little ruffs of leaves...they do not want to be sat on:-)  Only
>other concern would be the weight of the items and whether they would
>compact the soil...and, of course, his tromping around over your
>plants rigging them ain't gonna do the soil structure in your beds
>any good...
>
>Your DH sounds like my father - he used to cover every surface with
>something and rig a phonograph to play music outside - drove me
>nuts:-)  Don't think he's still doing this now as he's 91, but he did
>it every year while I was growing up.
>
>Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
>mtalt@hort.net
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>> From: Donna  <justme@prairieinet.net>
>> 
>> We are decorating the front yard for the holidays. We have a new
>raised
>> bed out there and DH is adding his stuff on top of my perennials!
>Not to
>> mention decorating my small and still fragile trees....
>> 
>> I was not concerned with the open weave lighted reindeers and such,
>> thought was the water, light etc could still get to the dormant
>> plants...
>> 
>> But then he brought out the hard plastic stuff.... now my
>perennials are
>> under them!
>> 
>> Is he going to kill them? His thought is it never killed the grass,
>so
>> it should be fine... I am concerned.
>> 
>> I might add that DH is a X-mas decorating nut case, runs in his
>family,
>> although I enjoy it, it has gotten out of hand here... anyone ever
>hear
>> of National Lampoon... we give them a run for the top billing...:)
>
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