Posted: 23/06/2014 at 00:35
Hester...I sympathise. I only have a small flower garden but it seems to be infested with many beasties and flies and allsorts this year that I'm losing a lot of my favourites.
I can't do that clever thing some of you do when you post a few photos and put text underneath them.
The top pic is oriental poppy leaf...whatever this is it has spread from the Astrantia major which sits behind the poppies. The Astrantia always come up like this but this is the first time it has spread from them to any other plant.
My lovely Kilmarnock Willow has yellow stuff on all the leaves which is into the leaves and they are peppered yellow under each leaf. I've lost 5 roses as every single bud comes up with the top eaten and inside is rotten. My two peonies which I'd thought were a surefire hard won success from transplanting came up with buds. All are completely rotten through with brown goo inside them, then the stems went brown and I cut them all off. So I think I will have to uproot and throw the plants out. I had 9 geums of different varieties which always bloomed beautifully in the spring. Only 4 of the original ones (have two new ones) have come up. Loads of lush foliage - not a single flower - and they were my best little 'display' area which gave me a thrill every year. My Aucuba (spotted laurels) have always been really healthy and were in the Spring. Two weeks ago the stems all started to lean outwards as if falling, leaves are varying shades of yellow, then black and I'm going to have to dig them out as well. My Briza Media, another favourite, have thrown up the usual stalks but the lovely tinkling little bits which make them so beautiful are all in shreds, like hanging threads. I could go on. I've lost lots of my perennials this last couple of weeks and I'm concerned that it might be something to do with a soil improver compost I put all over the garden in early spring OR it's just the thousands of beasties of all kinds I've never seen before which seem to have decended on mass.
So I know how you feel! Chin up!