5.25.2009

Oh No!

I will start with the good news first. As I walked through my garden this past week I saw some really beautiful flowers. My pink crinum lilies (I have pretty white ones too) were blooming beautifully . . .

My blue plumbago is beautiful . . .

but then as I began to check out my roses the picture is not quite so beautiful. . .


I could see that something was very wrong. In fact there were several things very wrong with my roses . . .
I found aphids sucking the life out of some of my roses.




The rose bush below is being attacked by spider mites. It isn't hot yet so I was very surprised to see them so early. I usually battle them more into July. Looks like we will have an earlier battle this year.


The David Austin Rose below along with several other rose bushes I have are being attacked by Japanese Beetles. I also discovered a bit of fungus on a few of my roses that will need to be treated as well. I really do try to be as organic as possible but sometimes I just have to go on to harsher measures and it looks like this year is one of those times. I know I can pick off the beetles and drop them in soapy water to drown. I also know that I can spray the spider mites and the aphids with a hard blast of water but there are far too many to use these methods. That is what I would be doing all the time. So, this year I will have to apply a systemic fertilizer that will take care of the fungus as well as the bugs. At least this way I can keep from having to poison the entire yard. I know that these pictures must really bust up your illusion that my garden is perfect like in Eden but it just doesn't work that way. I do have a really beautiful garden but it comes with problems too just like life.



It is so easy to look at others who seem to have everything like beautiful houses, cars, gardens, and even beautiful well behaved children and think that their life must be perfect. What you may not see is all their huge debt or their pain of broken relationships, or health problems, or even worse. There are no perfect lives. There are no people without pain or problems. They may do a fantastic job of hiding it from others but all of us have problems. All of us have trials and struggles as well as blessings and beauty. I have learned that the more perfect a life may seem then that is a life that probably has more pain. Instead of comparing my life to someone else's life I try to focus on what is good in my life. Kind of like the picture below. Yes, there are some ugly bugs eating my beautiful roses. But I can see the pretty petals they haven't got to, and those roses have some really beautiful green leaves and they still smell wonderful. I am not suggesting that a person be in denial about the problems around them. Instead, I am saying that the more focus I put on those problems the bigger they get. I will address the problems head on by giving the prescribed treatment to take care of it. In tight finances or huge debt that means I will cut back and try to get by with less luxuries but in the mean time I will be thankful for the luxuries I do get.



I will choose to see that perfect purple salvia behind that imperfect rose as beautiful and worthy of celebration rather than bemoaning the problem rose. I do not suggest that it is always easy but it is worth it because I refuse to empower the bad with more focus than it deserves. I choose to empower hope instead.

Until Next Time
Debbie
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15 comments:

Maga said...

Lindo, lindo... Saudações de Lisboa, Portugal

Grace Peterson said...

Yes, Debra. We can't take life too seriously. "Bugs" of all kinds are there to quell our joy. I think the older we get the better we are at handling these curve balls. And like my husband says, "In a hundred years, none of it will matter anyway."

And roses are such a crap shoot. You never know what kind of malady will strike them, if any. I suppose this makes it all the better when they overcome their enemies and bloom well. Cheers.

tina said...

It is so disheartening to see these insects. I too think it is a bit early, but then everything seems early this year. The crinums are most lovely!

Susie said...

I'm sorry about your roses but the other blooms are very pretty.

Debbie said...

Little Devils!

Darla said...

I too, have been seeing way to much damage on the flowers already this year.....just a small battle in the scheme of things. Good post.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Gee, Japanese beetles already? This cannot be a good sign.I always fight aphids and spider mites on my roses every year.It can be so depressing keeping roses going sometimes.

Catherine said...

Sorry about your insect problem! I have been fighting deer eating my roses & lilies, & by mid June every yr I have a time with Japanese beetles deystroying my roses~so I feel your pain! But your other flowers are beautiful~love the lilies, & I have tried for yrs to find a blue plumbago~I want one bad!
I guess our gardens are full of inperfections along with the beautiful!
Good luck with your insect battle~ It seems if we aren't waging war against the weeds, or critters, it's insects & weather~really keeps us gardeners busy! :)
Cat

Carolyn said...

Bugs are annoying! I,too garden organically so when I heard on our local news that Japanese beetles have arrived on the island for the first time I panicked(almost). How much damage do they do? I heard they can strip a plant overnight-is that true?
Thank you for visiting me and all your nice comments.
Take care,
Carolyn

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

I'm sorry your lovely roses have been damaged. Hopefully you'll be able to remedy the situation before they're totally destroyed. I enjoyed your post, too;-) Take care, ok? Jan

Chandy said...

Sorry about the bugs but like you, I was able to see past them and see how beautiful those blooms are!

Christina and photography by Buddy said...

Hi, I just love your blog!! In how you portray God's beauty and love Him!! I am so glad that I found you today!! I too love the South and live in Florida. I too love gardens, birds, sunshine etc...!! I can't wait till I hang up my laundry and boil some potatoes for salad to come back and read some more of your blog!!
Christina

CiNdEe said...

Hi,
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.
I believe in systemic for roses. I use it all the time. I don't care what people think because why grow roses if they are eaten by bugs? The systemic works wonders and its easy. One year I did not use it and I lost several roses to bores. So I won't let that happen again.
One year we had a terrible grasshopper invasion and it even helped protect the roses from those! If I only had one or two roses it would be different but I have over 100. This year I noticed something was eating my hollyhocks so I gave them a shot too. They are over 7 feet tall!

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Hi Debbie, I just want to ask if I missed something while reading your blog...on your note to me you mentioned 'sounds like you're having a bad time like me'...are you ill or otherwise? Is it more than just rose problems? Of course the details can remain private, just want to wish you 'peace' and good wishes, especially if you're not feeling well;-) I'm really pretty good overall and consider my issues (so far, anyway) more of an inconvenience and pain in the you-know-what!

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