Poor little Coneflowers looking pretty jacked up. I planted two of them a few weeks ago in my Happy Bed, but now one of them has some sort of rotting brown/yellow sadness on its leaves. Also, some leaves look pretty munched-on. (You know, come to think of it, I don’t know how “happy” this bed really is. It’s been awash in powdery mildew and blight this summer… now this!)
I looked at a lot of pictures online and this looks like a bacterial or fungal disease. (Scroll down to the second pic of the messed-up Maple leaf.)
As instructed, I removed the affected leaves. (Though I think I took off more than one-third of the plant. Ooops. But I did not want it to spread to the non-diseased plant next to it! Which, it must be said, has not really been producing either, even though I’ve dead-headed it faithfully since watching this little video. C’mon Echinacea. Work with me!)
So sad. You all looked so pretty when I brought you home from the nursery. You were supposed to be my fall color… in a bed long gone green.