Clematis recta purpurea in it's full glory.
Well, with the arrival of hot weather, it was only a matter of time before Powdery Mildew reared its ugly head in the garden. It seems that no matter how diligently I water, some plants are just determined to get PM. I blame the fact that our springs are so lovely, mild and wet (not to mention, long), that the plants get used to easy living...then BAM...summer hits and they are like, "What's this all about?"
This year, the first victim was, surprisingly, this Clematis. I don't remember it getting it at all last year, but this year, it certainly did. I'd read that this Clematis (which is grown primarily for it's lush new purple growth) can be cut back hard in midsummer after the foliage turns bronzy-green and you'll get a new batch of purple growth. I hadn't intended on cutting it back, figuring it still added some nice bulk, texture, and floral beauty, but after I saw the leaves covered in PM earlier this week, I decided to just chop it to the ground and hope for the best.
|Before Powdery Mildew
|After Powdery Mildew
Here is the poor Clematis, waiting for the City of Portland to take it to its final resting place.
Oh, and I now have my spray bottle of anti-fungal...and I'm pre-emptively spraying the Monarda...this time, it's personal!