Reine des Violettes-should I give up?
Over the past year I've done a lot of work on my soil,and am reaping the rewards now. James Galway is absolutely breath-taking; The Ingenious Mr. Fairchild has improved vastly- there are still a lot of imperfect flowers, but enough of them are high-quality ,and the over-all impression that the shrub gives is beautiful.
But Reine des Violettes is another story. I worked on it's soil too, as much as or more than that of the others, but it's the same old story: most of the buds seem to sort of dry out,as if the roots just can't pump enough moisture up the long canes to get them to open.Most of those that do manage to open are deformed. One or two flowers are beautiful.This is more or less what The Ingenious Mr. F did in the past,but as I said, TIMF really has improved vastly after my work. We did get a lot of rain this fall/winter,too, but we did last year, too,before I improved the soil, so I'm hoping that I can keep TIMF. But RdV??? the shrub is very large, growing as a climber, really, and is basically healthy. What could be causing the flowers to fail like that? The soil I added is moisture-retentive clay,there's no chlorosis...I'm almost at my wits end. I am now thinking to try digging it up and putting it in a large pot,to see if I can get it to flower properly that way. It's kind of driving me crazy; I've got several roses that show their need for better soil by having health issues,etc.,but the case of RdV is unique. Out of curiosity alone I hate to sp it...bart