In May of 1999, I purchased 10 hino crimson azalea plants from a garden shop in North Vancouver and planted them in my garden here in North Burnaby. I lost two in 2001 and another two appear to be close to death this year. They are planted in a row facing south in my front yard along with 10 buxus faulkner (boxwood) plants which are thriving. I have the bed covered with landscaping fabric and bark mulch. Each plant which has died slowly turns brown and finally loses its foliage - they appear to "dry out". The survivors do not really give as nice a flower show as I had hoped for even though I do supply all of them with rhodendron/azalea fertilizer each year before they flower. I phoned the Canadian Food Inspection Agency today after reading an article in the weekend Vancouver Sun regarding sudden oak death which I thought might be involved here. However, I received no assistance since they are only interested in recovering and removing any possible infected camelias. I have used Later's Benomyl 50 systemic fungicide in the past with no success. I really am stumped and would like to save my surviving plants if at all possible. Unfortunately, I own a computer (iMac) which does not allow me to post a photo of the sick plants. Any ideas, similar experiences or help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.