Stumped in Tacoma..
I am so happy to have found this journal site, I am in the middle of a very exhausting search to find out why my most beautiful deciduous clematis's are dying. I am an advid gardener with studies in horticultue and spent years working in the field. Let me explain what is happening in hopes for a soultion. i have (had, one is dead now)two health, happy clematis that were content to growing over a arbor in my yeard, they are two years old and have never given me any problems. Three weeks ago I went outside and at the top of one of them I notice that some leaves had died and it seemd to have happen like overnight. I did not think to much about this, mabey a broken stem or something, NOT THE CASE!! with 3 day various leaves in assorted places startedto die, first a wilty look and then just brown and finally dead, I checked the roots to see if it was strangeling itself, i checked moister, I check for signs of disease(that i know about) as well as bugs and critters. There have been no spraying in this area ( which is what it looks like, like it had been sprayed with a chemical)Within 7 days it was dead. The funny part was the other one on the opposite sit of the arbor was perfectly healthy, not a brown leaf in site. The two entangled within themselves, that how close they are. The roots of the 2 plants are about 3 feet apart.Now the other one is starting to go through the same thing. It started tuesday and it is spreading fast. HELP ME, i am truely at a loss. ther other plants around theses plants do not seem to be in any danger( japanese lace leaf maple, dalhias, ect.. i hope i have given you enought info to help me sort it out. I also checked root space and all is well, lots of soil to grow in. Thanks Tacoma,Wa Db