what is wrong with this picture?

good peony

If anyone has a clue, please tell me. This is my last peony and it’s going the way the other one went, which is to say to that great compost heap in the sky.

Is it a fungus? A plant disease? Or do they all just get like this in the fall (please, please, please). Peonies are my favorite flower, and Joe already destroyed the one beautiful, thriving bush we had when he dug up the ivy in the back bed.

Is there a plant doctor in the house?

PS, the lavender bushes aren’t doing so well either–what gives?



4 responses to “what is wrong with this picture?

  1. Mine look exactly the same. We’ve only been in our house for 11 mos, so I have no idea if it’s normal. Hoping someone knowledgable can answer!

  2. It’s powdery mildew, and it comes from water sitting on leaves. The ways to avoid this are:

    1) Water at the base of the plant, not from the top down.

    2) Water in the mornings so the excess water is burned off by the midday sun.

    Good luck!

  3. Thanks for the info. We had a really rainy summer.
    So can that stuff kill plants? Because my other peony turned black and looks dead.

  4. It can kill them by inhibiting photosynthesis. If you are really concerned, you may want to shelter the plant during heavy rain. Depending upon the size of the plant, you can cut the bottom off a plastic gallon jug and place it over the plant, or use a piece of clear plastic and some tent stakes or irrigation staples.

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