Roses without aphids: WTF?

RosebudNotice anything unusual about this rose foliage?

To my utter astonishment, there are no aphids on the new growth. And I mean none – I’ve hunted, believe me, and there’s not a single aphid of any hue anywhere on these plants. And it’s May, FFS.

It’s not because I’ve sprayed them; I don’t do that. So how come?

Well, to apply Holmesian logic: If I’ve not sprayed them, and nobody else is spraying them (the midnight Derris Duster?), there can only be one conclusion:

There are no aphids because it’s been SO FUCKING COLD.

8 Responses to “Roses without aphids: WTF?”

  1. Cazaux Says:

    I can send you some in the post if you want SM.

    It’s because they are all in my greenhouse. All 6500000000000 of them them, the little fvckers have landed.

  2. Tanya Walton Says:

    you do make me smile…I guess there is always a plus side to the weather…only problem is I have no roses so I’m still looking for mine!

  3. Mal's Allotment Says:

    So, can you eat roses?

  4. Soilman Says:

    Top point, Mal

  5. Steel Says:

    No aphids in sight here, in fact apart from ladybirds there’s not many invertebrates out in my garden at all. I found ice on the chicken’s water yesterday morning and was pretty peed off.

  6. digsy Says:

    yes. wtf indeed. i have a large bed of euphorbia that is normally sitting beneath 3 million aphids by this time… but guess what – this year there are zero. just a few forlorn ladybirds stumbling around, wondering where their next meal is coming from. poor lambs.

  7. Simon Says:

    Every cloud and all that eh?

  8. Damo Says:

    Milk is the way forward, just waiting for the buggers to appear before I blast them, the fatty acids burn through their soft bodies, haha!