Last week our Master Gardener class went for a walk in the garden to look at disease and pests, focusing heavily on Rhodo’s. We saw some pretty ugly things. Evidence of all sorts of infections, scattered in pockets along the Rhodo walk. It was the perfect time of year to study these problems in the garden. Before the damage gets pruned out for the growing season. This year, winter damage is every where you look.
The problem is, I’m always lightly lagging behind the group. I get distracted. A flush of colour here. Or chance bloom bursting it’s way into spring there. What is a girls to do?
You know me, I’m all about the eye candy!
Back to the plants at hand.
We spent the afternoon observing, poking, and assuming. We talked about how the infestations start. Their life cycles, and what can be done to mitigate the damage.
I learned a lot. I still have to hit the books and do a little more research on a few of these. I’m happily surprised at how little these issues gross me out. I assumed this would be my least favorite part of the course, but it really has been quite fascinating! I’m not for a career in identifying plant diseases, but hopefully, I’ll have a good enough handle on them to take on the questions that I’ll certainly be hit with once I start manning the clinics this summer.