Clematis leaves drying

true_blue (MTL CAN Z4)(Mtl Can Zone 4b)August 22, 2013

Hi, I've got a group 2 clematis, multi-blue, 3-4 years old, growing at the inside space of my arbor. At the outside space there is a Quadra rose, which I planted this year. Here is a photo of it, in flowers this year:

Each year after it's spring flowering, it's lower leaves turn yellowish, here is a photo of the leaves as of today:

This year it has been particularly bad, the plant looks half dead at the bottom,

However, as you can see, the top branches, which I trimmed in June are sprouting out new, healthy shoots now.

We had a lot of rain this spring, especially in July. A little less in August. The roots are completely in shade and there is some compost/mulch at it's feet.
Is this pattern normal, or I'm doing something very wrong?

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Those dry leaf edges are symptoms of a water shortage.

Even though you've had a lot of rain, have you checked the soil moisture content at the clematis? If not, I suggest you do so.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 12:43AM
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true_blue (MTL CAN Z4)(Mtl Can Zone 4b)

Thank you Jean. You're right. Anyway we had a lot of rain last night so everything should be back in order. I will monitor it from now on.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 7:03AM
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