Sunday, 7 October 2007

GREEN THUMB SUNDAY - AGHHHHHH!


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GREEN THUMB SUNDAY BLOGROLL

Once again the Rose Sawfly has invaded the Open Arms Rose; why it only attacks this rose I don't know...exactly the same thing happened last year.....maybe the name "OPEN ARMS" entices it!!
ROSE SAW FLY
the grubs strip the branches in no time...
ROSE SAW FLY DAMAGE
such a shame as the rose is still flowering beautifully.....
OPEN ARMS ROSE BLOOM


I'm not going to use any chemicals....this late in the year I'm just pruning the affected branches back.

HAVE A GOOD SUNDAY !

22 comments:

Jhoaniquing said...

maybe spraying insecticides will help? though a kind of lovely rose..have a great Sunday!
mine is up as well.

No Rain said...

It's amazing how quickly those insects can decimate foliage. the rose is prettty though. Happy GTS,
Aiyana

Moi said...

poor rose!!!! :(

and aren't the lamps exactly the same :)....phew!!!! i did a double take when i saw your collage this morning!!!! :)

farmingfriends said...

What a shame this rose has those insects. i like the colour of the petals. I keep guinea fowl and they are great at keeping the insect population down but can be very noisey!
Sara from farmingfriends

Old Wom Tigley said...

Just a thought Ruth, if you could attract Birds to that area at this time of year, maybe even pick a few of the bugs off and leave them by a feeding station the birds might take a fancy to them. I have Blue, Great, and Long Tailed Tits that visit the Silver birch trees behind my house when ever the caterpillars are about. Then of course there's the Gardeners Friend the Robin... he loves a juicy caterpillar.

Akelamalu said...

Oh what a shame! Our roses seem to have got a second wind.

maiylah said...

aww ... too bad for the rose; I hope they'll recover soon.
thanks for dropping by
happy GTS! :)

dot said...

What a shame! I hope you can find a way to get rid of that nasty bug.

verobirdie said...

Two of my roses have had such visitors. I've picked them by hand whenever I saw one: I don't want to use chemicals because of the birds. And the roses have recovered quickly. But I agree, they can damage a rose a high speed.

chigiy at Gardeners Anonymous said...

That is a bummer.
I'm so sorry.
Getting an infestation can be heart breaking.
I like the idea of attracting birds.
I keep feeders all over the place and it really helps.
I get things tha eat my roses too, only they're big and with four legs and they're called deer.

Mark said...

Hi Ruth,
Strange how it attacks the same plant year after year. I think you are doing the right thing by pruning, as its much cheaper. Do you ahave a bird table you could put the caterpillars on?

Cheers Mark

RUTH said...

Thanks fellow bloggers; my bird table is now liberally scattered with caterpillars and a big sign saying "Free Food" :o)

Lynette said...

That's an ugly situation for such a beautiful rose to have to endure. I do hope you'll be able to find a proper solution at some point.

Thanks for visiting Portland (OR) Daily Photo.

Dirty Knees said...

Sorry about those garden pests, Ruth! I have two roses that also succumb, both supposed to be very hardy and relatively pest free here. If I discover a solution to the problem, I'll be sure to clue you in.

john.g. said...

Nice rose, nasty pests. Just put a new pic on my site. xx

Mimi Lenox said...

Your blog is as lovely as always.
Thanks for stopping by Mimi Writes.
Good to see you again.

Moe said...

Very pretty when not being attacked by the bugs! Well done!

Gledwood said...

Is it true you can spray stuff like chili-water on them and they hate it so much they let go? Or onion soup?
Or something like that?

Sylvia said...

Wanted to stop by and say hello. I have been missing in action due to personal issues in my life. I neglected the friends I met through my blogs and that I regret and apologize to each of you. The personal issues caused me to sink into depression and anxiety and withdraw from life for a while. I have begun the process of resolving those issues and getting back to life. I will be visiting and catching up with what is going on in your lives.

CG said...

How very sad..ugh, nasty muching beasts! I hope the birds enjoy them!!

captain lifecruiser said...

Wow! It really went tripped naked!!! They work fast, the hungry monsters.... *giggles*

Thanks for stopping by :-)

Mimi Lenox said...

Hi Ruth - I've placed your beautiful globe in my post today. Thanks again for promoting the peace globes.

Mimi

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