Sadly I think my pansies have pansy leaf spot, probably Mycocentrospora acerina, which is the type that leaves black spots on the leaves and eventually rots the plant. Since they were planted in brand new compost in hanging baskets (i.e. not in the ground where previous generations of pansies had been) and the spores are apparently not wind-borne, it’s most likely that they were already infected when I bought them. Or at least some were, and it has spread through close contact between plants and the rainy weather we’ve been having.
I will spray with fungicide, cut out the infected leaves and see what happens. I would be sad to lose them as they provide lovely colour in hanging baskets either side of my front door (and, of course, I spent good money on them only in October) but as a gardener I am starting to learn to accept you can’t always avoid these things; nature’s way is a lot more powerful than mine.
In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy, who invites gardeners around the world to share what is growing in their garden over on her blog Rambling in the Garden.