I fear I have a nasty case of petal blight. :( This is my second spring in this home and I don't recall it much from last year. I have a ton of rhodys in front of the house (east facing) and the azaleas are in a retaining wall along the driveway (south-facing). The azaleas bloomed beautifully - the plant was covered. The rhodys were great last year - this year not much at all (though that might be due to some lacecap hydrangeas that I think are blocking the sun).
But I recently noticed the rhody flowers were wilting and browning very quickly. And then I noticed the azaleas were, too - especially my white ones. I also recall seeing brown spots on the azaleas when they were in bloom and the rhodys looking 'water logged' before blooming. So now I've done my googling and realize what we have. I can deadhead and remulch the rhodys pretty easily. But the azaleas are huge and now all the flowers are stuck to the leaves. Additionally, the ground under them is covered in pachysandra! How do I 'clean' that soil? Am I just out of luck? (unless I tear of the pachysandra - don't want to deal with that!!!)