Thanks for all your suggestions, and let me apologize for logging in wrong
the first time. It was just the first time since I subscribed that I saw
anyone mention the actual plant, hosta.
I just dug around out there with a fork, and I can't find a sign of life,
of tunnels, or decay. Our lawn and garden care people do weed for us and
mulch everything relentlessly, so whatever might be down there is way down
How deep did I plant them? To the level where I got them in their
pots. They weren't dormant but full of leaves and one bloomed very soon
after planting. I planted them a good way apart because all the literature
shows and describes quite sizable mounds of plants. I did lose one during
the growing season, unknown why. It just didn't thrive.
The surviving hostas, which included So-Sweet, Shade Fanfare, Christmas
Tree, Sagae, Francee, Elegans Siebold and Golden Tiara, were in full
leaf when I set out the cyclamen for winter color. The caladiums were
already going dormant, but the hostas weren't.
I might mention our lawn person used to own a nursery in the area, but he's
not knowledgeable about hostas, and I've only seen one in a local garden
store. Perhaps they just don't do well here.
Hostas appealed to me as a more or less permanent landscape feature
for most of the year, with their sculptural look, at least in pictures. I
have never seen a mature hosta in person, so to speak.
Everything else does well in this particular bed. We tried to get rid
of the existing landscape plan from the previous owner, but airplane plants keep
popping back up. Eventually they will be gone, but they were an integral
part of their overall plan, both front and back gardens.
We are also trying hellebores, and so far, so good. But then so were
the hostas before frost. So I don't know. Try them again? It
seems to me that if a plant is practically unknown in Conroe, probably
that is for a very good reason. Hellebores are also unknown, so I
suppose I'm shooting myself in the foot again. I am a sucker for a good
catalog and good photos and descriptive prose.
I shall be very surprised if any hosta sees the light of day this
spring. I don't know what else I can tell you except we have very nice
soil compared to Houston's gumbo, and we have a sprinkler system, and regular
lawn and garden care besides my modest efforts. Maybe I've moved too fast
throwing out the old and trying the new. Alas.