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I'm very much afraid that an awful lot of things have decided to feast on this sprig of my rose bush...

Feast, I fear...

Perhaps I should put it under a cut for the sake of gardeners of a nervous disposition.


Oh dear. That's a great shot, in a rather gory way. :(
That's what I thought when I saw them - and all on this one tiny sprig. I'll go out in the morning and squirt them with soapy water and hope they go away.

Edited at 2011-04-28 08:46 pm (UTC)
Good grief. Good luck!
At the moment it is only this one little bit - so hopefully a lot of very soapy water might work!
Ouch. munch, munch, munch... :)
They are most certainly feasting - but I'm hoping they won't be for long!
They're awful, aren't they? But definitely feasting....
Oh dear! Poor little rose bush. :-(
And it only seems to be this bit of this one - which is a good thing for the other plants, I guess!
If you aren't squeamish, I've been known to run my hands along the plant and squish the little varmints. You end up with green goo all over your hands, but I don't think karma extends to aphids. Thankfully, after a day or two, the good critters in the garden take over and have a feast!
I might well try that. I'm not sure what this particular sprig has done - but if I don't clear it quickly I can see the whole rose being buried in bright green!
Oh dear! Time to break out the white oil, I'd say!
The soapy water seems to have helped. Is white oil what we would call turpentine do you think, or something different?
I'm not sure...you can buy spray cans of white oil from the shops... or just blend equal parts vegetable oil and water and use a hand spray bottle.

ETA: I have always used equal parts oil and water with no ill effects, but this Gardening Australia recipe says to use washing up liquid and to dilute it so as not to clog the plant's pores. http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s2281115.htm

Edited at 2011-04-30 10:38 am (UTC)
Thank you! I usually do use washing-up liquid, so it's good to know I'm doing the right thing.