Another sad day in Monica’s garden…

Another sad day in Monica’s garden…

Hello again.

Despite last year's wonderful flower show, my Rose Mallow hibiscus is not doing so well right now. After soaking the branches in insecticidal soap (potassium salts) to remedy a sawfly infestation, each bud has turned black and died. I don't know if the buds were affected by the soap, or if there is a fungal infection (like botrytis?) going on. I don't know enough about diseases to make a judgment. My biggest concern: is it salvageable? I greatly appreciate any advice.

I'd call this "failure to thrive":


The buds that never were:


A black bud, with a little white on it (fungus?):


In case you were wondering what sawfly larvae damage looks like:


And a bonus! A very sad delphinium. Any ideas what's wrong with this one?:




Please tell me this could be the work of squirrels.

Please tell me this could be the work of squirrels.

Plant I.D. help

Plant I.D. help

I hope this suppresses those darned weeds.

I hope this suppresses those darned weeds.

Redid my room

Redid my room

Blooming Hearts

Blooming Hearts

Herb Italian Bread!

Herb Italian Bread!