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What’s wrong with Betty?

02/02/2012 in gardening, Plant Diseases, shade garden, winter gardening

Miss Betty Ranicar seems to be a bit under the weather.Betty Ranicar hellebore flower
She has black spots… looks eerily similar to black spot on roses.

Betty’s boss thought that maybe it was something she ate. He’d fed her some camellia fertilizer.

I kinda doubt those chemical fertilizers can be that specific.
I wouldn’t know from personal experience, but when I feed my babies horse poop, and chicken poop, nobody tells me that they aren’t getting the right kind, they all just smile and ask for a little rain water to chase it with.

hellebore leafspot
Anyway, I thought that she mighta caught something somewhere, and put her in quarantine.
We certainly don’t want anybody else getting sick…
On reflection, I find myself wondering if maybe she’s complaining about being drowned.

She was growing in an area where the clay from the house had been dumped. That entire area woulda made one hella bog garden…
When Betty’s boss complained about the little patch of turf he has near Betty, that it was holding water, I advised him to get rid of the turf, plant sarracenia, water lilies and lotus blossoms…

hellebore leafspot
I couldn’t convince him… He wanted the turf… I suggested using an electric drill and a bulb auger, drill some drainage holes, fill with gravel, instant drainage… He did, it worked, everybody’s happy… except Betty.

Google is our friend…

On searching “black spot on hellebore” I immediately discovered to my chagrin that hellebore leafspot is a serious hellebore disease, that seems to have possibly arrived with one of the recent purchases from the nursery and infected poor Betty before they died.

There is also a disease known as hellebore black death. Sure don’t want any of that…

Betty could get better by practicing good hygiene… Betty’s employer has an assortment of fungicides, and I’ll leave it up to him if he wants to jump immediately to that solution. I’m not gonna handle that stuff, keeping the plant in isolation would be the solution of choice in my garden…

The extension service tells us that due to the heat and humidity in the state of Georgia that if there’s a plant disease, we have it. Apparently we have something like 95% of all plant diseases…

I suspect that Betty was stressed living in the wet clay, and the stress made her susceptible to the hellebore leaf spot.

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The Fickling Garden

01/27/2012 in gardening, winter gardening

Visiting the Fickling garden can be an experience of envy…
With good Georgia red clay, and the ability to purchase the plants desired, there’s nothing keeping them from having the garden they want.

I find myself developing caviar tastes while constrained to a rice and beans budget…
Enjoy the fancy flowers!

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2011 winter photos

01/03/2012 in gardening, winter gardening


(part 1 of a 4 part series)

Where do you draw the line between seasons?
Where is the dividing line between winter and Spring? When stuff blooms? when our coats come off?

Snow-birds might have said that we had a single day of winter last year, which is represented by the ice on the hellebore bloom. Arbitrarily, I used the calendar, and the vernal equinox as the end of winter.

We had an auspicious start for the year, appropriate rainfall, beautiful plants, really great blooms… and then the spring rains failed to materialize.

Be sure to click the pictures to enlarge.

Don’t see your favourite winter blooms? tell me… I’ll create photo albums by the month…

On to Spring

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