Things have finally filled in to the point that I can get a good couple of shots without a dead looking hydrangea in the frame. April 2011 is weeks ahead of last year. The star jasmine is out in its full glory, and the first flush of roses beat out nearly everything in the garden. Cleome is up and blooming, though significantly shorter than normal for bloom time. The salvias are looking like its mid June. The coneflowers, beebalm, and garden phlox are totally ignoring all this and are all about 4 inches high, wondering what the heck all the rush is for.
The jasmine, as you see, is definitely blooming, so obviously the disease from March didn't kill it, however, it did lose most of its leaves. New leaves have come up, but it is looking about as wimpy leaved as any jasmine I've ever seen!!! Still, its not dead, and no longer losing any leaves. Hopefully I can keep it clear for a year so it can recover can get a little less tragic looking.
Finally, a close-up of the Showy Evening Primrose, so you can see why I didn't rip it entirely out this year. It is so invasive but so pretty. I have to pull some out every week to keep it in check.