As most of you noticed my rose buds had some nasty aphids on them. When I was taking the photos I did not notice the bugs as I didn't have my reading glasses on so when I downloaded the photos to the computer I was rather horrified to see creatures everywhere. After advice from several readers I bought some spray today – intended to be sprayed on vegetables- which is meant to kill aphids and a few other bugs. It is not as chemically strong as some sprays.
When I went out to spray this afternoon, my first rose was in bloom!!! I was so happy!! I had imagined the aphids sucking the life blood out of the bud so that it just frizzled and never opened. I sprayed anyway and then I thought to go and get the camera!! So here is my very first homegrown rose – ever – doused in aphid poison:
While I had the camera out I took a few photos of the azaleas at the front of the house. I have a pale pink one, a brighter pink one and the deep red one (under the maple). I can hardly wait now to see what colour the peonies are and I am not sure what the grassy "stuff" is - no buds on it.