Crime: Isolated stems that have collapsed for no apparent reason
Clues: Droopy stems, weird buds, and few unusually skinny leaves
Attempted Solutions: Copper fungicide, cutting stems back, cussing
Suspects: Radioactive space weasels, freakish March weather, clematis wilt, damaged stems
This picture was taken last May 2011. The clematis grows near a Japanese holly in the front garden.
Abut a month ago I untangled the knot of clematis stems at the base and adjusted the soaker hose. I cut out quite a bit of dead wood. I should have taken a picture, but I forgot.
Maybe the main problem is that I expect it to look the way it does in May even though it's only April.
Several stems have begun to wilt while the rest of the vine looks fine.
I cut the affected stems back to the ground.
It's really scrawny right now and I can't remember if it was this scrawny last April. I think I need more sleep! I pulled it out of the hollies and trained up a trellis.
I sprayed it with a copper fungicide in case it's clematis wilt. A crazy mosaic pot I made last year is in the background.
There's something rather alien about this bud. I'm keeping a close, but not too close, eye on it.
These leaves are like supermodels - way too skinny!
I need you to help me solve this case! Whaddya think the problem is??