Yes thats right, The Children of the Corm garden is... diseased. Under quarantine. Fungus coming out of our ears.
It all started on a brilliant warm muggy day last week when I went to my car like I do every day, and passed by the large jasmine vine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) I have growing over a 15 foot section of fencing. Hmm, I said to self, why are those few leaves bright orange? Eh, I'm in a hurry, I said to self.
The following day, also bloomed bright and humid and I looked at the ground outside the fence and noticed that the now pretty orange leaves were on the ground. Hmmm, I said to self, must look into this when get chance.
Zoom by a week, because time flies, as they say, when you are not paying attention to your plants well-being, and there are now many many many orange leaves, even more on the ground, and every single other green leaf now has big spots.
The nursery confirmed that I had a major case of fungal leaf spot, and get this... the jasmine is going to lose ALL of its leaves. Distressing under any circumstance, but considering this lovely (or formerly lovely) plant is supposed to be blooming in just over a month, this just sucks.
Decisive action has now been taken, (after a week of sloth, but lets not remind me). The jasmine will undergo three separate 10 day apart drownings in fungicide... so will all plants near it. So did the other jasmine on the other part of the fence just in case he even thinks about fraternizing. I have bagged up the diseased leaves and will continue to do so.
Hopefully that will rid my garden of the pestilence. Secondary action was also taken. The nursery has instructed me to fertilize the plant like a maniac, every week until bloomtime in hopes of pushing up some new healthy greenery on what will shortly be a bunch of strappy twigs running all over the fence.
sniff. He was sooo pretty last year, see? now look. I took a walk around town today noting that nobody else's jasmine seems to be a mess. I passed dozens. All of them green and leathery healthy as can be. grrr.
Not only that but I'm back on the claritin. The only thing I like about cold weather is it equals no claritin. Acho. Meh.