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Rose Mme A. De Carriere constantly pest ridden

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:12

 

Just that really.

Got this lovely plant for a north facing fence where it can scramble up to the light.

It is in its 3rd year and has yet to flower (though have read that they can take that long to get going).

For this reason, I had only lightly tidied it up at the end of the season, rather than giving it a harsh prune.

it has produced some immensely long stems in barely a few weeks, which I've trained along horizontally, to encourage more side shoots.

Sadly, I had a bad infestation of red spider mite earlier in the spring which I treated, but ever since then this road has been literally plagued by pests: powdery mildew now it's has been dry for a few days, black spot, caterpillars galore. 

I have sprayed with SB Invigorator spray all spring, which worked, then seemed to stop working! It is based in plant oils. I have also tried soaring with fungicide which controls it all for a little while. I try to hold off with insecticides and don't even own any, but when the RSM struck, I relented, as so many if my plants were sick.

my garden is tiny and rather sheltered, with one half in very hot sun and the other (where this rose is) in moist shade and some dappled sunlight.

I got so fed up with it yesterday that I hacked it down to the ground  which I'll probably get told off for now!

Hoping to give it a boost and remove a lot of the pests. 

Help 

 

 

 

 

Feeding Bees

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 20:51
Honey bee walks? Off to google thanks Patsy

Feeding Bees

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 17:23
That's very sweet nibbs

Feeding Bees

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 13:22

Ooooh a hive! 

Now I have bee envy, Patsy 

There are loads of local beekeeper associations dotted around the country. One of my friends is a member and said she did a short course with them and continues to get lots of help and advice. She's out in Kent.

In London there's the North London Bee Association and they sell their various honeys from the area, to the public. It's lovely! I buy a pot now and again, as it's meant to help with hay fever if taken regularly before the season - bit like a homeopathic treatment.

My daughter loves plants and animals - that bit, at least, I got right 

Feeding Bees

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 10:40

Quite 

This little fella was rescued by my 6 year old daughter...she nearly killed it first by almost dumping a whole spoonful of honey onto it...

Garden design courses

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 06:47

Thanks hogweed 

Seedling ID Please

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 06:46

Mosaic virus

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 23:10

Good point fidget

Garden design courses

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 23:06

Thanks Hosta - I'm in London, so ideally need a london- based one.

Mosaic virus

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 23:01

Oh poor you, it's so soul destroying, isn't it?

i recently had a plague of red spider mite, followed by leaf minors...did masses of damage and I nearly gave up...but a virus is a whole new can of worms.

have you tried contacting an Eco gardening online site called Defenders? John is really helpful at answering questions and has many natural predators for other pests, though I don't know if this would work for a viral attack.

good luck and never give up 

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