I must confess. I have been blaming the Japanese Beetle for the destruction of my roses over the years. I may have to hang up my Master Gardener badge as I have misidentified the pest. The voracious destroyer of my roses and peonies is none other than the Rose Chafer. I have to appologize to fellow blogger Carolyn at Aiken House and Garden for my blunder in a recent email conversation about them destroying my peony bloom.
The Rose Chafer or Rose Curculio or Rose Weevil drills holes in the buds. I usually find a big mound of them copulating all over my blooms and having a gay old time. I give them the two finger squish that eases my frustration. My friend an fellow blogger A Garden of Threads told me that Organic Raid will work on them. I will also try my spray of neem oil, dish soap and water.
Since the Rose Chafer overwinters in the soil I will look for planting companions such at catmint, chamomile, lavender, rosemary, thyme to underplant around the roses. These plants act as a repellent.
I feel better now. I humbly apologise for my error. Valerie