Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Last year I planted a Honeysuckle against a West facing wall outside my bedroom window that is at right angles to it. I was looking forward to seeing it first thing when I opened the curtains and enjoying the scent with the windows open. It struggled a bit to start with, but I cossetted it with feed and watering and it gradually became stronger. This year it was clobbered by powdery mildew and nosedived. I was advised to spray it with Roseclear at ten day intervals until September and after about three months it began to recover. Unfortunately, I missed the last deadline and it is now showing signs of the attack again. I believe that it will now always need to be sprayed as obviously the Roseclear is only a short term solution and I am not prepared to keep spraying it for the rest of its life. A replacement is not a possibility as I imagine the spores of the mildew lie dormant and cannot be completely eradicated.
I need to find a different plant to replace it and wonder if anyone could suggest something suitable, preferably mildew resistant as maaybe the spores have infected the brickwork.
- 25 Aug, 2009