A couple of weeks ago every stem looked like this however;
covered in green lice,
and bugs both white and black as well as maggots and ants.
To get rid of it I first sprayed on soap, that took care of a lot of the bugs, but not all.
Then I used the garden hose, first at a distance,
but discovered the most effective way was to meticulously shower each leaf, front, back and in between.
I've repeated this treatment quite a few times since and most of the bugs have vanished.
The first times of hosing I couldn't even bring myself to touch the stems or leaves, not even with gloves on.
Now I'm not so squeamish - When I go to check on the roses in the evenings,
I just pull off any bugs with my fingers:)
The leaves look battered and bruised, half eaten and curly and somewhat discoloured.
Hopefully these are symptoms that will pass,
now that the bug attack is more under control.
|Last year's blooming|