Seemed so last year.
But this year?
I bought this Knock-Out to plant in Rose Dog’s memory because it’s supposed to be
As well as drought tolerant, self-cleaning (whatever that means), disease resistant, and requires little to no maintenance.
My kind of plant.
It survived its first winter.
Me = excited.
But it turned into a skeleton almost overnight.
Nobody and nothing mentioned anything about rose slugs.
Which are really the larvae of sawflies.
Which are primitive wasps.
Like little green caterpillars that hide under the leaves and blend right in unnoticed.
And have a party.
Eat the light right out of the plant.
Steal its energy.
Maybe kill it?
Because no leaf means no photosynthesis.
Of course, if I had read the book on rose care, I might have had a clue.
Apparently, one needs to stay alert and take action at the first sign of attack.
And the best way to do battle is to painstakingly hand pick and destroy the enemy.
With possible help from a horticultural oil spray.
So if you’re looking for me, I’ll be perched on the rock in front of the bush.
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. ~1 Peter 5:8 (NLT)
Linking up today with L.L.
And with Laura.