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Invisible something eating my roses

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 14:08

Thanks Meomye, I had a look on the web and it's not sawfly - they leaves are not damaged - they are just gone! I think BizzieLizzie and Chris7 have it - It does look like deer.

The leaves and buds/new roses are just gone. There is a lot of tender juicy new growth on some plants with nothing amiss, so it suspect some deer came just once and haven't been back for seconds.

There is some small scale insect damage on other leaves, but that's really minor and not like the main demolition job.

The rose bed is on the terrace so I suspect if we're home they'd have to be very bold to come up there. People partying outside is gogin to dissuade them too.

Actually, if they'd only eat the weeds I wouldn't mind growing some roses just for them!

Can I plant anything now

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 13:58

Thank you all!  I'll get out and see if I can find some of those in the garden centre.I must admit to not knowing what half of therm where. That's one reason I really like this forum

I was advised to take everything out and start again. I left some plants in because they are perfectly healthy, they don't look that great though, and with the gaps it's a mess.I'll try to make it look a bit better now, and start afresh next year. The plants that are there can go somewhere else (apart from the fuschia, I can't bear to disrupt a perfectly nice fuschia.)

 

 

Can I plant anything now

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 21:17

I have gaps in my raised bed. I was late doing stuff, then didn't want to plant new things just before going away for 3 weeks. That was a good move as they would all have died of thirst.

Still, I have these gaps. Is there anything I can plant now that will give me some flowers later in the summer?

Stag's Horn Sumach tree

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 21:12

Some years ago my husband declared war on a sumach and pulled up every single sucker that came up in the (fairly small) lawn. He eventually got the better of it, but it took an awful lot of work (and bloody minded dedication).

He still growls if you say the word Sumach.

He also growls if you say Squirrel, but that's another story.

Invisible something eating my roses

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 21:08

We do get deer, but haven't seen them in a while. The buds are taken off so cleanly that's a possibility. I thought the deer were lovely when they were hanging out in the  jungle at the bottom of the garden. I'm not going to be so keen if they eat my roses!

We challenged some friends (and their small boy) to a giant pumpkin growing competition a couple of years ago, and won because slugs got their first planting, and deer ate the second. We grew enough to keep the kid occupied at halloween

Visitors at the moment are a green woodpecker (with very large juvenile), and a homing pigeon.

New name wanted

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 12:09

PotBound

Pottiferous

NoBull (as in no bull in a china (pot) shop)

Potiphar (as in Joseph)

Cringeworthy, I know, but I looked up pot in a thesaurus and it came up with Marijuana and Potbelly

I actually rather like Potbelly.

Invisible something eating my roses

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 12:01

Thats interesting Waterbutts, thanks. Phesants do breed nearby, and the damage is sort of pheasant height. One of the roses is much taller - and the tops of that one are OK, but whatever it is, got the tall stuff last year too, and I haven't seen a pheasant for a while.

I never thought of caterpillars coming and going, I sort of imagined them moving in and staying there. I didn't see any bent leaves where caterpillars hatch from.

I hope it wasn't a bee. I don't mind declaring war on caterpillars, but I'd like to be nice to bees.

I'm keeping a careful watch now.

Invisible something eating my roses

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 16:11

Last year something thing ate my roses. Not just nibbled round the edges, but all the buds were chopped off clean, and the leaves gone or seriously demolished from the bud stalks down the stem.

It was all wet and sluggy last year so I thought it would be OK now. I just got back after 3 weeks away and it's happened again - but not so bad - yet. I thought that having placed a membrane and bark underneath the plants would have put slugs off.

Then I looked at Briggsy's post and wondered if it could be caterpillars - There aren't any to be seen though. I've had a careful look, and can't see slugs, aphids or anything else on the plants.

Not sure what to do next.

Are slugs eating my roses?

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 05:24

Last year something thing ate my roses. Not just nibbled round the edges, but all the buds were chopped off clean, and the leaves gone or seriously demolished from the bud stalks down the stem.

It was all wet and sluggy last year so I thought it would be OK now. I just got back after 3 weeks away and it's happened again - but not so bad - yet. I thought that having placed a membrane and bark underneath the plants would have put slugs off.

I've had a careful look, and can't see slugs, aphids or anything else on the plants. Does this sound like slug/snail damage? I've put slug pellets down now - but I'm not convinced I have the right culprit. Maybe I should spray the plants with something too?

Confession- slug olympics

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 05:16

My friend found a cat in her garden, and slung it over the fence into the canal! I asked if it had swum ashore - she didn't know - she didnt look!!! I couldn't even do that to a slug.

The worst thing I ever did to a cat was throw a pan of water over a repeat offender.

Slugs, I just flick out of sight, and use slug pellets.

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