For Want of an Aardvark...
Monday, 16 Apr 12 Rainy 9°C / 48°F
Worked a few hours outdoors yesterday afternoon. Took care of my strawberry patch and tackled the damage the raccoon-archaelogists had wrought on my new paths. Feeling rather self-satisfied, I was strolling around generally looking at things and then I saw IT.
Virus disease in a bed of tulips.
It’s not that the tulips were special (second year Mentons), it’s the potential ramifications that scare the living daylights out of me. I have lilies – lots of them planted over the last 6 years – and tulip viruses can spread to lilies and vice versa, from what I understand.
So I have dug up and “destroyed” all the affected tulips – still a few bulbs in the soil though – and will not replant that area with tulips for some years. Anything else I should do?
’Scuse my bad language, but I am so pissed off about this. I know the virus is spread by aphids. And I “host” an ant population that farms aphids up the gazoo.
On an equally “I-wanna-scream” note, I’ve also discovered that the dreaded European Chafer beetle has arrived. I care not a wit for grass/lawn but even so, it’s a mega pain in the behind.
On a happier note, I think I have lots of borage self-seedlings. Since I never had borage before last year, I’m only 90% confident that’s what they are: slightly fuzzy leaves and growing round where the plants were last year….is that a clue? :)
Main Photo: Variegated leaves in tulips that didn’t have them before. Oh-oh.
Photo 1: Death and the Menton
Photo 2: No sign of disease on the bulbs – so that rules out botrytis?
Photo 3: Here they come: European Chafer beetles have arrived.
Photo 4: Surely it’s Borage?
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