Centaurea update and peony too...
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Right, I'm seriously worried about this plant now. It's looking absolutely dreadful, getting worse and I can't see how it's going to survive.
I also noticed, but never really thought about it before, that a peony I'd planted next to it seemed to have stopped growing a week or so ago. My friend sent me a cutting with a small shoot on. Anyway, it grew and sprouted another shoot. It's about 3 inches high now. I noticed a third shoot, but this morning when I went out to check, that shoot just came away in my hand (no sign of slugs/snails, it's laying on the ground in the pic) and the centaurea is really sick.
Is there anything I can do? I could lift the centaurea after all and check the roots and put compost (would have to be potting compost) in the hole, but the peony isn't going to like being lifted is it? Now, I'm worried that the rest of the plants in the bed won't do well either.
You can see the peony to the right of the centaurea.
Apologies to organic gardeners, but I do use slug pellets.
We have had nasty wind and some rain but no sun for about a week now.
When I got this bed ready, I did dig it over, got rid of all big weeds and applied fish, blood and bone to it.
- 6 May, 2009