Out, damn’d leaf spot! out I say!
So here’s a vignette that isn’t so pleasant.
Right now my garden has the worst leaf spot infection I’ve ever seen. It may have something to do with the cool, wet spring we’ve had.
At least I hope it’s leaf spot, a fungal disease, as opposed to some viral plant malady like aster yellows. I’ve had Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) with aster yellows, and I had to pull them all out. There is no cure.
Several species have been impacted by the leaf spot, but the worst damage seems to be with the Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum) and Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum), normally problem-free plants.
In all my years of gardening, I have never once used a fungicide. Honest. However, I am considering using some kind of fungicidal or other spray as soon as I get the time.
Advice is most welcome. Do you think I am right that this is leaf spot? And how would you treat a serious case of that disease?
So that this will not be an entirely dismal post, let me close with a picture of our shrub rose ‘Cassie’, which is now coming into bloom. With white roses, the red Zonal Geranium (Pelargonium x hortorum) ‘Americana Dark Red’, and blue Salvia farinacea ‘Rhea’, I am all set for the 4th of July. Though I didn’t set out to create a patriotic floral display.
For more vignettes check out annamadeit’s blog, Flutter and Hum.