Re: [gardeners] OT - humor

penny x stamm (
Thu, 22 Jul 1999 23:23:12 -0400

Margaret, walked out front today and choked -- my two huge
established Starry Night (royal blue) small-leafed rhododendrons
had dropped dead overnight. I know it was that quick because
I had work to do just 5 feet away, yesterday afternoon. 

My local expert said it came from having too thick a mulch, which 
kept the plants too moist and rotted the roots. I have not disturbed that
mulch in 10 years, and the plants had grown to be show pieces. They
normally get acid fertlized twice a year, and watered during a drought. 

Any ideas...?   No signs of disease or insects.

Penny, NY zone 6

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