Babka Posts: 3
Is anyone else having serious problems with Pulmonaria buds just drying out and dying this spring? I have many different types, from ordinary to silver-leaved to Opal, and usually they are buzzing with bees at this time of year - I'm quite worried that my garden isn't quite the fast-food outlet that it normally is in spring! I've checked around the garden, and the same problem is occurring in different positions - full shade, part shade, sun. I'm so disappointed: they are usually an absolute picture and really helping feed many different species of bee. Are your Pulmonarias suffering too? Any thoughts on what the problem might be?
Thank you - from me and the bees
Is the ground a bit dry? They like a damper soil, and buds drying out on plants before opening can be caused by dry conditions. Winds are very drying too, so if they're a bit exposed, that's a possibility too.
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
We've had a very dry spring - I'm watering almost everything in the garden at the moment - giving things a good soaking so that they can produce flowers and fruit.
Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.
It's super dry & windy, unlike any recent Spring I can recall.
Pulmonarias do prefer moist conditions so as it has been noticeably dry then watering is advisable but don't overdo it.
Hmm. I had pulmonarias in my last garden that were doing ok in a shady, damp spot and I split them and reset in similar conditions and they died off - I was disappointed and decided if i had them again I wouldn't try dividing them.
Therefore I didn't buy them for my current garden but they popped up by themselves in gravel around the patio. Would it be the slabs keeping them damp then?
They look great this year.
Actually tempted to try dividing that clump!
Thanks everybody for responding - I did wonder about the dry weather and watered them the day I trimmed off the dead buds - but we've had no rain since then either! I feel really sad that they now have gorgeous, lush foliage but are unlikely to produce any flowers . Will be wiser next spring - but you're all right - it's incredibly dry this spring, and looking back on garden photos, it hasn't been this dry since 2011. Can't believe my daffs are over and the tulips are really going for it - in early April!
Thanks again everyone
They may come back into flower, Babka. Mine flower for months so they may cheer up now they have had a drink.
That would be nice, Posy! Thank you