Every year it seems the roses just get better, and every year something comes along that tries to destroy them.
Usually, the Japanese Beetles, deer and rabbits invade the gardens.
This year a new bug decided to feast on the leaves of the rose plants.
Aphids come and go, but this was a little green worm.
They ate holes in almost every leaf, until I found the critters!!
I've been deadheading, and trimming off chewed leaves....but the roses look a little sad right now.
They would probably prefer to grow in someone else's garden...somewhere with less invaders!!
The leaves are coming back, and looking a little healthier.
I really need to get caught up on deadheading, and weeding.
There are lots of roses, so far.
I am worried the Japanese Beetles will be here soon, though.
This white climber produced so many roses, but got hit hard with the leaf chewer.
I had to really cut it back....what a sad state of affairs.
Now that everything is up, I can add the mulch.
It looks so much nicer after that is put down.
Went to Tractor Supply with my youngest daughter over the weekend, and was happy to find this little calf for 20% off!! It's another Red Shed item that goes with the other farm animals I've purchased there.
There are plants popping up in front of other plants....that means transplanting!!!
Now that the temps have dropped a bit, I will be able to get out in the gardens and move things around again.
These are pretty roses.
They don't produce many flowers...but I sure enjoy what they do give me.
These little sweeties grow under the Rose of Sharon.
They peak there heads out now and then, to see if anyone is looking.
The New Dawn Roses were all but destroyed by the beetles last year.
They are coming back this Summer.
Pretty low to the ground...but I am so happy to see them coming back!!
They will get clipped today.
This is another New Dawn Rose that was coming back, but the worm ate so many of the leaves!!
I tried cleaning it up, and am so grateful to see it blooming!
Hopefully, it will fill the arbor once more.
More holes in leaves.....but at least there are blooms!!
If it's not one thing, it's another here at the lakehouse.
I am grateful for the little things, because at the end of the day...they are the BIG things!!
Have a great evening.