Well, they say all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, but in this case it’s certainly made him an unproductive blogger. And I guess it doesn’t help that not much seems to happen at this time of year, especially if winter has been and almost gone with something resembling no more than a whimper. Anyway, if nothing else we’ve had several obligatory beautiful sunsets like the one above to fall in love with of late.
What we haven’t fallen in love with, however, is something called downy mildew, which has absolutely devastated our laurel saplings at the bottom of the garden.
Caused by a fungus-like (Oomycete) organism, downy mildew apparently spreads from plant to plant by airborne spores and is a disease of wet weather as infection is favoured by prolonged leaf wetness. (Can you tell I copy and pasted most of that from somewhere else?) Now, all this might look like a bit of a disaster, but the proprietors of our wonderful local garden centre in Wooler really have pulled out all the stops, going to great efforts to identify the cause of the problem on our behalf. As a result they have assured us that treating the infection once the growing season gets under way at the back end of March should put things right. We live in hope. And speaking of hope, hopefully things around here will get a bit more newsworthy soon. As they say, stay tuned – you just never know!