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Margaret Thele

"Venus" Sweetshrub (Calycanthus)

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Hi Janet and Steven,

A note on Venus Sweetshrub: It is still in the nursery pot as our new garden is much too wet from the deluge to add and mix in amendments. The plant is growing and blooming, but shortly after the blooms open they are covered in black dots. I have been searching on the internet and one theory is too much sun, another is too much moisture. The latter seems quite possible with our current weather conditions. We hope that once it is planted and we get less moisture the blooms will be unscathed. The fragrance is lovely! Also we found the first Japanese beetle of the season inside one of the blooms! Every year I have the unrealistic hope that they will have become extinct!

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