Posted: 30/07/2013 at 07:01
Hi Evilnanny - has it been watered at all since the dry weather started? Flowering shrubs use quite a lot of water. Although ceanothus don't like to be waterlogged, if you've not had one of the downpours over the past few days I'd give it a good soaking for half an hour with a hosepipe.
As for poison ivy - not sure what you mean - do you mean British native ivy (Hedera helix) or one of the ornamental cultivars?
The plant that Americans call Poison Ivy doesn't usually grow in the UK.
If you mean Hedera helix
then if that's covering the ground at the base of the ceanothus it will be depriving it of moisture and keeping the rain off so I'd remove it from around the base of the shrub.
However, be aware that ceanothus can be a short-lived shrub and will sometimes just turn up its toes