Is this downy mildew a relative of the downy mildew that destroyed virtually 
all of the busy lizzies (Impatiens) that are(were) such a mainstay of summer 
bedding in England?  This year has been very damp and I have noticed powdery 
mildews (I assume) on a number of plants this year, certainly far more than I 
remember from years past. Last year I lost almost all of my tomatoes in the 
garden due to blight, the only plants thriving were three grafted plants. This 
year I did not grow any but from talking to others this year was as bad if not 
worse. Are the milder winters allowing the fungi to live longer so that they 
produce more spores or are there newer mildews and other fungal diseases 

I will keep an eye on the aquilegias inn my garden (mainly self sown hybrids 
but worthy none the less). Thanks for the advice.

Another problem this year (of many) has been the Rosemary beetle but at least 
you can physically crush them although that is not possible with spores and 
even if gardeners could get chemicals to control them I prefer the more 
physical approach.

Ted Wilcox Faversham Kent UK

> From: Carrie Thomas <>
>Sent: Friday, 26 December 2014, 16:10
>Subject: [Alpine-l] [***SPAM***] new disease of aquilegias: downy mildew
>Here in the UK the killer disease of downy mildew of aquilegias has 
affected my national plant collections.
>I have written 10 informative photo-webpages about it.
>Please share the link, as I think the best control will be early 
identification if it gets into your garden / alpine house
>Best Wishes, Carrie Thomas Tel 01792 522443
>'Touchwood', 4 Clyne Valley Cottages, Killay, Swansea, SA2 7DU South Wales, 
> : Seeds & plants by post. Aquilegia 
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