Some thing is eating the petals on a lot of my Echies, that one got a perfect trim on it. Other plants by it are doing fine I wonder if it is just a bad one. I will give it year 3 to thrive , otherwise it will be moved to a hidden area. Can never get myself to kill them .
coneflower620 wrote:Here is Julia about two weeks after last photo. Fading on early blooms but still nice looking with many new blooms. So many big flowers. Even have a couple volunteers coming in below.
Well, sad to say I lost the 6 Julias I had last year along the edge of my driveway. It seems that once plants get big there they retain too much moisture from all the snow that piles on top of them. Strangely enough, all of the pow wow wild berry seedlings from last year made it though the winter fine. I guess I will just keep varieties that self seed along there.
You won't always catch them. The Asiatic Garden Beetles love roses first although last year, they were all over my salvia, strawberries, verbascum and not so much roses. This year, I planted a trap crop of salvia and all they wanted was roses. They come out in May and are around for a couple of months. Then the earwigs join in by the time the lightening bugs are out. By then, the roses are finishing and the coneflowers are beginning. I have caught them in the act several times. I've been going out with a bucket of water and a flashlight at night, killing these things because I'm sick of them ruining all my flowers. They don't kill anything but they make the plants unsightly. The neighbors must think I'm crazy.
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Does Julia fade quickly for you? I loved the color but the two that I had just didn't overwinter. I think that there are other varieties that perform better and are hardier. Your plants look great. Are you feeding them throughout the summer or only in spring?
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