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What's eaten my rose?

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 14:38

Hi Sunny, thanks for this. The stems aren't going, just the leaves so maybe sawfly I suppose. I've looked around it for the larvae but can't see them so not sure where they hide in the day. Blighters came back last night and took even more. It looks very odd now just with six leaves and a bud at the stop of one stem! good idea to lift it and put in pot. I will definitely do that and give it some TLC for a few days and hope it recovers. It is Warm Wishes, a hybrid tea. I have a number of roses and yet this is the only one that's being attacked. So hope they don't get to the others!

What's eaten my rose?

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 19:37

I've never seen deer around here or sign of them (no droppings or footprints) so don't think it was deer but I suppose could be. The leaves aren't dropping they are definitely being eaten as you can see the tiny remains of them on the stems. Two whole stems were eaten in one night! Luckily one stem still remains and has a bud so hopefully it will survive!

What's eaten my rose?

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 12:33

Well I certainly am nurturing the bluetits so will continue doing that. thanks Dove!

What's eaten my rose?

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 12:19

Thanks Lavender and Dove. I have other roses and so far (fingers crossed as I have two Mme Alfred Carriere amongst others) haven't been touched. Plenty of blue tits (about 10 young fledglings!) and zillions of other birds here too so would hope caterpillars wouldn't last long but who knows. 

Is there nothing I can do to protect roses from such a hoard of hooligans?


What's eaten my rose?

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 11:39

I planted a lovely new rose the other day and all well for a few days, then suddenly one morning nearly all the leaves have gone - there's virtually nothing left of them, just a tiny bit of green on the stalk. Not sawfly I don't think but as nothing left to see can't really tell. I do have rabbits around but don't think this was them as no sign (droppings) in the area and normally they eat the lot, stalks etc. Could it be pigeons or pheasants as have lots of them around?


Posted: 21/06/2013 at 17:44

Perfect, thanks so much. No smell so guess OK. thanks


Posted: 21/06/2013 at 13:47


I have a waterbutt attached to my summerhouse and despite cleaning it vigorously and scrubbing it until the water is totally clean, every time it rains the water ends up sligthly green and frothy. Why is that and is it still safe to use?

Senetti dying

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 16:27

Thanks Dovefromabove, sounds about right. Hopefully now they are in the shade they should perk up.

Bees or wasps?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 15:51

No mine look exactly like LeadFarmer's, no distinct stripes but yellow edge to belly. Do wool carder bees dig into soil?

Bees or wasps?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 15:41

Not sure but I'd like to know too as I have a small group trying to burrow into the soil. Not sure what they are up to.

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