Re: [gardeners] OT - humor

margaret lauterbach (
Fri, 23 Jul 1999 08:51:37 -0600

At 11:23 PM 7/22/99 -0400, you wrote:
>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
No notching on the leaves? Around here, black vine weevil larvae take out
rhodies. Other possibilities are nematodes or verticillium wilt (are
rhodies vulnerable to that? I don't raise rhododendrons). Margaret L