Saturday, 18 July 2009

Unwelcome visitors

One of the joys of a garden is the wildlife it attracts. I’m constantly surprised at the number and variety of creatures that find their way to my tiny plot, and the majority of them are very welcome.

But …

When I am Rich I will offer a large reward to the scientist who can explain:

a) Why, when my house is surrounded by hundreds of acres of delicious crops and miles of roadside verges filled with wild plants of all kinds, do clouds of aphids decide to set up home on my ONE miniature rose bush?

b) How do I persuade them they’d be much better off elsewhere?


I don’t like killing anything, but that little rose is very precious to me. So, I’m giving them fair warning. If they’re not gone by the time I count to ten it will be war – and soapy water.

6 comments:

MzzLily said...

I wonder the same thing... Lately, I've been wondering where you've been!

SquirrelQueen said...

I will put up with a lot of different bugs but aphids get the soap and water every time.
They love my roses way too much!

When I am Rich said...

Thanks, MzzLily
I'm alive and well but I've been too busy in the real world to do as much blogging as I'd like. Will try to do better!

Friko said...

Oh, WIAR - just zap the buggers; they'll never leave your rose alone otherwise. Besides, they know a soft touch when they feast on her prize blooms.

When I am Rich said...

That's why I'm not as good a gardener as you, Friko!

desertnutmeg said...

For next year, try planting some garlic bulbs around your rose.
p.s. Just found your blog and love it! blog more...