Update: A garden friend mentioned the Leaftier moth/caterpillar and it looks right. I opened about 15 of these on three plants and I did find a few caterpillars. All goners now. What I wasn’t sure is whether the plants set flowers this early and whether snipping the branch below the terminal end would destroy this season’s flowers. So where I could I teased the terminal end out and destroyed the glued leaves only.
Anybody know what does this and whether I need to do anything about it? I pulled a couple of these apart and didn’t see any recognizable critter. Some brownish crud.
But the leaves don’t look eaten, more just glued together. All of the damage is at the end of a stem, where the flower would form later in the season. Hope I haven’t lost this season’s flowers.
This is the small beginning of my rhododendron walk! I’ve been wanting to fill in between the trees on the woods side with these great flowering and winter-green plants for so long and this is my (mostly symbolic) beginning. There is still so much work to do.
And the first step is a perilous test of my propagation skills with this poor, helpless plant.
The parent plant, above, is a huge rhododendron that has been growing near my deck forever. Last year, I finally had some other brush removed that was growing between it and the deck, including some arborvitae that had turned into trees. I’m hoping that it will fill back in a bit toward the deck and stop its forward movement away from it. There is only a narrow path between it and the rose ghetto. During the cleanup, I noticed a couple of shoots under the front of the plant and carefully started to shovel prune their roots last summer, using a sharp shovel to cut around the plant but not under it. This week, I dug under the shoots and moved them. About to where the purple trug is in the big picture. I’m convinced that they do better with some sun in my shady yard. And now I wait to see if the baby takes to its brighter and lonely new home.
It is a time of dividing and separating. A celebration of last year’s successes, fraught with risk as I’m not very experienced with this. Hosta; no problem; hard to kill. But a heuchera separation humbled me a bit. The parent plant had such distinct separations above ground that I thought dividing it would be easy. But no. They all seemed part of one root. And what to do about last year’s leaves? I just tried to leave some root for each division; not easy; and as last year’s leaves wilt, I’m cutting them off. I think that four of the five divisions will make it. I don’t know the name but this variety gets deep blue-green color on the top of the leaves when it’s mature but the undersides are a pretty purple.